Andy Lee - SGA Ambassador
Social Golf Australia is proud to have TV & radio personality and certified golf tragic Andy Lee as an SGA Ambassador.
Andy Lee and his mate Hamish Blake are better known as Hamish & Andy from their high-rating national radio shows. They are also known for the variety of television programs they have produced, including Real Stories, Caravan of Courage and Hamish & Andy's Gap Year.
Andy is an avid golfer who supports the game as a Golf Australia Ambassador.
"Social Golf Australia hosts fun and professional golf events for all amateur golfers and I am very happy to be associated with them as an ambassador and to lend my support. On a personal note, I would also like to say that I am indebted to Matt for everything he has done for my golf career. I certainly would not have achieved all I have in golf without Matt's unwavering support over many years. Matt, for all those missed fairways, three-jabs, pull-hooks, slices, flubs, shanks, tops, cuts, duffs and whiffs, I thank you for your inspiration. And I look forward to enjoying many more of these and laughs among friends playing the greatest game of all for many years to come. Enjoy your golf."
-- Andy Lee
Video: Andy Lee, Golf Tragic (and SGA Ambassador)
Photo Gallery: Andy Lee at SGA Events
A short history of SGA and Andy Lee
In the early 2000s, SGA Founder Matthew Pitt worked at Melbourne community radio station SYN (Student Youth Network). He was the founding executive producer of the afternoon drive program when the station became a full-time broadcaster in April 2003. To find presenters for the program, Matt was given a box of audio cassettes from people who had applied for programs in the initial broadcast period and been rejected by the programming directors. Amongst the rejects was a show demo from uni students Hamish Blake, Andy Lee and Ryan Shelton.
Matt gave the boys a call and asked them to host the Friday afternoon drive show, and he passed on everything he knew about producing a radio show. Within a minute or two of being on air, the trio of grasshoppers had left their master behind and went on to become the most popular show on the station over the next six months. Hamish was already working as a writer at Fox FM at the time and their great sense of humour and appetite for fun, their work ethic, writing ability, comedic instincts, planning and professionalism set them apart from the outset.
Andy hits the course
After completing their radio show on SYN, Hamish, Andy and Ryan celebrated the success of the show with Matt by playing the Drive Time Radio Celebrity 2-Ball Ambrose World Golf Championship. Only two teams entered, with Hamish & Andy taking on Ryan & Matt in a titanic struggle. The event was played over nine holes at Royal Park Golf Course, where five-time British open Champion Peter Thomson had learnt the game. Andy and Matt were the two golfers in the field doing the bulk of the scoring, with Hamish and Ryan hitting the odd good shot but mainly playing to their strengths and supplying some very entertaining commentary.
After their stint on SYN, Ryan, Hamish, Andy and friend Tim Bartly produced their own TV program in late 2003 called Radio Karate. The show drew attention from Channel 7 and led to their first opportunity in commercial television. Around the same time, Hamish & Andy jagged a late evening slot on Fox FM and went on to become Australia's highest-rating and most popular radio presenters.
The day at Royal Park was the first golf event Matt organised and it whet his appetite for getting friends together to enjoy a hit and a laugh on the golf course. Six months later he founded The Bushranger Cup, a social golf event for a group of mates. That event was the inspiration for the foundation of Bushranger Golf In 2006 as Matt became an official handicapper and started running more events. Matt founded Social Golf Australia in 2008 and now organises and manages golf events around Australia.
We are delighted to have Andy Lee as our SGA Ambassador and most appreciative of his ongoing support for the game, Bushranger Golf and Social Golf Australia.