Ashleigh Barty hits golf ball in fishing boat, signals wild celebrations, spills beer, ‘shoey’


Ashleigh Barty is clearly enjoying her retirement, because when she’s not writing a “fun and relevant” series of children’s books, she’s hitting the mark at charity golf events.

In late February, three-time Grand Slam winner Barty stunned the tennis world when she announced she was hanging up her racket as she achieved all her goals in the sport.

Since she won a women’s golf tournament in her native Queensland, which brought her £17 in prize money, as she also started a “special” project, a series of children’s books called “Little Ash”.

The 26-year-old was back on the golf course this weekend as she took part in Australian surfer great Mick Fanning’s charity golf event at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club.

The trick shots are part of charity events and Barty nailed a corner shot into a fishing boat that was on the nearby river.

It led to wild celebrations as she was lifted into the air by the crew of The Mad Hueys and then ended up doing a shoey.

The ‘shoey’ is the act of drinking beer out of a shoe to celebrate a sporting achievement and The Mad Hueys team are said to have invented the crazy act, which was of course copied by Australian F1 star Danielle Ricciardo .

Barty also donated his Australian Open 2022 final racquet to help raise money for the Fanning Golf Day fundraiser and it was auctioned off for $24,037 (about £13,700 ).


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