Ash Barty Wins Golf Tournament Two Weeks After Tennis Retirement

Following her shock retirement from tennis, could a career in golf be in the pipeline for Ash Barty?

Barty hits a shot
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In March, Ash Barty shocked the sporting world when, at the age of 25, she announced her retirement from the sport of tennis. The news was not just a shock because of her age, but the fact she was also the World No.1 at the time. However, following the announcement, she has already gone on to claim a title, this time in golf.

Featuring at the tournament, which was held at Brookwater Golf and Country Club in Brisbane, Barty secured the ladies competition with a round of 34 points. However, Brookwater member, Jordan Hampson, said 'I don't think she'd be too happy with her score' after shooting two over her handicap of four. 

Wimbledon champ Ash Barty could be ready to take her golf more seriously after retiring from tennis

Barty hits a golf ball at a target in the middle of the Yarra River during a 2019 Presidents Cup media day

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It's not the first time that Barty has had success around Brookwater. In 2020, the 25-year-old secured the women's club championship with an easy win in the match play final. This led the men's winner, and two-time Queensland amateur champion, Louis Dobbelaar, to say she has "all the tools" to make it on the professional tour.

Along with Dobbelaar, seven-time Major winner, Karrie Webb, stated: “I wouldn’t put it past her to be Australian amateur champion one day. I can see her working on her game and being good enough to be one of the best players in Australia.”

If that wasn't high enough praise, 15-time Major winner, Tiger Woods, also said: "She's got a great swing, are you kidding me?" when Barty hit a wedge shot in front of him at an exhibition event along Melbourne's Yarra River in 2020. 

Despite the praise from a number of high-level golfers, Barty has refused to say what her plans are following her retirement from tennis in March, stating only that the world would have to "wait and see" what she does next.

Barty speaks at a press conference

Barty with her coach, Craig Tyzzer, as she announces her retirement from tennis.

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Perhaps golf may be in Barty's future plans. Along with her victory in Brisbane, the 25-year-old and her fiancé, Garry Kissick, are currently building a home right next to the Brookwater course.

Although golf could be a possibility, another option could be cricket, with Barty actually playing for Brisbane Heat in 2015-16 whilst taking a sabbatical from tennis. Heat coach, Andy Richards, said: "Her skill from the first time she picked up a bat was outstanding, she never missed a ball in her first session."

In one particular match against the Melbourne Stars in the Women's Big Bash League, Barty produced 39 runs from 27 balls. The performance did reportedly produce interest from other clubs, but the Aussie returned to tennis.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x