The PGA of Australia, the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Association and Golf Australia express their deepest condolences to the family of Kate Nolan, who died in the weekend at the age of 44.
Mrs Nolan was a professional golfer who played in the US, Europe and Asia, the highlight of her professional career with her victory over the Aristocrat Mollymook Womens Classic 2003.
As an amateur, she was part of the World Cup teams of 1996 and 1998. The last year was perhaps the strongest season of Mrs. Nolan, where she won both the Australian and the Victorian Strokeplay championships with 72 holes.
After her playing career, Mrs. Nolan became a much-loved PGA instructor at Albert Park Driving Range. She was one of the facility's inaugural coaches when it opened in 1996 and taught more than 10,000 golfers, many of her students developing long-term relationships with the affable coach.
ALPG Chief Executive Karen Lunn said that Mrs. Nolan was an extremely popular person who had a huge impact on the golf industry in Australia.
"Kate was a very beloved and charismatic person who made a lasting impression on all those with whom she came in contact," she said.
“As a player, Kate was incredibly talented, but I believe her greatest gifts were her positive nature and passion for the game, which she passed on to the many students who were lucky enough to be taught by her. Kate's legacy in our game is the countless numbers of students she has inspired. "
"We want to express our sincere condolences to Kate & # 39; s family and many friends, the ALPG family will always be there to support Kate & # 39; s husband Bernie and their wonderful children."
PGA chief Gavin Kirkman said that Mrs. / Mrs. Nolan has left an indelible mark on those she coached.
"Kate was a passionate golf person who lived to improve others. The golf industry will unite our grief and ensure that Kate & # 39; s legacy lives on, "said Mr. Kirkman.
Serrin Bertino, Golf Australia's female engagement officer, noted Kate & # 39; s passion and huge contribution to golf for women.
"Kate's loss is such a tragedy for her family, friends and the golf community," she said.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Kate for many years in the female development space and I know she has worked with many other Golf Australia colleagues in all development areas.
"As a golf teacher, Kate was absolutely full of life – the laughter, humor and relaxed nature she bought for her coaching role was wonderful. I saw her making such good contact, especially with teenage girls and young women that made them feel extremely comfortable and of them convinced to give golf a chance.
"We will all miss her terribly and send our condolences and love to her family, friends and the Albert Park Driving Range staff."
Mrs. Nolan died early in the morning on Saturday, September 14, surrounded by her loving family.