Ash Barty wins GOLF tournament in possible sign of her next step in sport

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Ash Barty fuels intense speculation about her post-tennis future as she wins GOLF tournament – and it’s not the first time she’s excelled at the sport

  • Barty won the ladies competition at Brisbane’s Brookwater club on Saturday 
  • She also won the club championship at the course back in 2020 
  • Reigning Australian Open champ impressed Tiger Woods with her swing
  • Victory fuels speculation that golf could be a big part of her future plans 

Ash Barty has won a golf tournament in Queensland less than two weeks after shocking the sporting world by quitting tennis, giving rise to speculation that it could be a sign of an impending career change.

The reigning Australian Open champion took out the ladies competition at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club on Brisbane’s south-western outskirts on Saturday, and it’s not the first time she has excelled in the sport.

Barty took out the women’s club championship at Brookwater in 2020 with an easy win in the match-play final, leading men’s winner and two-time Queensland amateur champion Louis Dobbelaar to say she has ‘all the tools’ to make it on the pro tour.

Barty and her fiancee Garry Kissick on the Brookwater Golf and Country Club course, where she won the women's tournament on Saturday

Barty and her fiancee Garry Kissick on the Brookwater Golf and Country Club course, where she won the women’s tournament on Saturday

Barty (pictured with Australian pro golfer Minjee Lee in 2020) previously won the women's title at Brookwater and stunned Tiger Woods with the quality of her swing in Melbourne

Barty (pictured with Australian pro golfer Minjee Lee in 2020) previously won the women’s title at Brookwater and stunned Tiger Woods with the quality of her swing in Melbourne

On Saturday Barty – who plays off a handicap of four – shot a round of 34 to take out the tournament, but Brookwater member Jordan Hampson said ‘I don’t think she’d be too happy with her score’ after shooting two over her handicap.  

Barty refused to say what her future plans were when she held a press conference to explain her shock retirement on March 23, saying only that the world would have to ‘wait and see’ what she does next.

But there are some strong signs that golf could be the answer. 

The world No.1 and fiancee Garry Kissick are building a lavish mansion right next to the Brookwater course, which will only fuel speculation she is considering swapping the court for the links – and the pair met at the course as well.

And golf legend Tiger Woods 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.

However, she’s also proved highly skilled at cricket, playing for the Brisbane Heat in 2015-16 when she was taking a break from professional 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.’

Barty and Kissick are building a house right next to the Brookwater course, giving rise to speculation that golf will be a big part of her future

Barty and Kissick are building a house right next to the Brookwater course, giving rise to speculation that golf will be a big part of her future

Barty impressed as soon as she picked up a cricket bat, hitting 39 from just 27 balls for the Brisbane Heat in the Women's Big Bash League

Barty impressed as soon as she picked up a cricket bat, hitting 39 from just 27 balls for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League

Barty smashed 39 from 27 balls for the Heat against the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League in a display that turned plenty of heads.

And soon after her retirement announcement it was reported that the queen of the court was in the sights of at least four AFLW clubs, who were keen to put out feelers in the hope of snaring her signature.

Barty is a well-known Richmond die-hard who is friends with Tigers star Trent Cotchin and AFLW player Katie Brennan.

It has been reported four AFLW clubs were keen to get Barty on board after her retirement. She's a well-known Richmond Tigers tragic who's friends with AFLW skipper Katie Brennan

It has been reported four AFLW clubs were keen to get Barty on board after her retirement. She’s a well-known Richmond Tigers tragic who’s friends with AFLW skipper Katie Brennan

There’s another big line of speculation about Barty’s future that has nothing to do with sport, however – that she’s keen to marry Kissick, settle down and have a family.

Regardless of what she chooses, the win at Brookwater proves she’s anything but short of options… and talent.

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