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Vale Kate Nolan

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The PGA of Australia, Australian Ladies Professional Golf and Golf Australia extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kate Nolan, who passed away at the weekend, aged 44.

Nolan played professionally in the US, Europe and Asia, with the highlight of her pro career her win at the 2003 Mollymook Womens Classic.

As an amateur, she was part of Australia's 1996 and 1998 World Cup teams. The latter year was arguably Nolan’s strongest season, during which she won both the Australian and Victorian 72-hole Stroke Play Championships.

Nolan later 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, with many of her pupils developing long-lasting relationships with the affable coach.

ALPG chief executive Karen Lunn said Nolan had been extremely popular and had a huge impact on the Australian golf industry.

“Kate was a much loved and charismatic person who made a lasting impression on all those she came in contact with,” Lunn 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 fortunate enough to be taught by her. The legacy Kate leaves to our game is the countless number of pupils she inspired."

"We would like to express our sincerest condolences to Kate's family and many friends; the ALPG family will always be there when needed to support Kate's husband Bernie and their beautiful children."

PGA chief executive Gavin Kirkman said Nolan left an indelible mark on those she coached.

“Kate was a passionate golf person who lived to improve others. The golfing industry will unite in our grief and ensure Kate’s legacy lives on,” Kirkman said.

Golf Australia's female engagement officer Serrin Bertino paid tribute to Nolan's passion and vast contribution to women's golf.

“The loss of Kate is such a tragedy for her family, friends and the golf community," Bertino said.

"I had the pleasure of working with Kate over many years in the female development space and I know she has worked alongside many other Golf Australia colleagues on all areas of development.

"As a teacher of golf, Kate was absolutely full of life – the laughter, humour and relaxed nature she brought to her coaching role was delightful.

"I witnessed her connect so well, especially with teenage girls and young women, making them feel extremely comfortable and confident to give golf a go.

"We will all miss her terribly and send our condolences and love to her family, friends and the Albert Park Driving Range staff."

Nolan died early on Saturday morning, surrounded by her loving family.


Posted by Andy Biasiutti at
27/09/2019 09:41 AM
I am still in shock at the passing of such a dynamic, fun loving and inspirational person that Kate was. She was taken far to early. But wow, what a life she led, so many incredible achievements, her quest to give us the best tuition in our personal aim to become better golfers!!! I loved my lessons with Kate, she always made it fun but you came away with more knowledge. I have no words to describe the sadness I feel for her family at their loss. You will never be forgotten Kate, you touched so many lives. Andy Biasiutti
Posted by Jackie Noonan at
20/09/2019 10:02 PM
There are no words - I am at a huge loss hearing this very sad news. Kate introduced me to the game of golf at Albert Park & was the most incredible coach. I was hopeless, yet she always had time for me & the best hints to share. Her Saturday morning come & try intro sessions were not to be missed. She inspired everyone & was great fun to be around. Negativity didn’t exist in Kate’s world. Deepest Sympathy to her family, friends & wider golf community... RIP Kate ??
Posted by Denise Daday at
20/09/2019 09:30 PM
I'm truly saddened to learn of Kate's passing. She was truly inspirational and had a unique ability to connect with others. RIP .
Posted by Georgia Tormey at
20/09/2019 04:01 PM
I had the pleasure of being one of kates students at Albert Park. Her love for the game was infectious and I would like to send my most sincere condolences to her family and friends. She will be truly missed. I hope Collingwood win the grand final for you Kate. You are forever in our hearts xx
Posted by Kevin Nolan at
18/09/2019 05:41 PM
Although we are no relation, my daughters name is Kate Nolan and we met at the Torquay Pro Am many years ago. Kate was lovely and had her photo taken with my daughter. We send our condolences to her family and friends.
Posted by Cathryn Meredith at
18/09/2019 04:56 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kate Nolan Ladies GOLF Magazine
Posted by Richard Bennett at
17/09/2019 09:49 PM
I had the privilege a few years ago being tutored by a great women ...Kate....I will miss her ..messages and all ...condolences to the family

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