The funding for the rookie programme to my knowledge comes from the philanthropist John Kinghorn and is set aside specifically for the development of emerging players so I am not sure Golf Australia can be accused of spending money there but some of the other issues raised here are valid questions and probably worthy of answers.
The rookie programme can last for up to five years and consists of the following.
1. Training and preparation funding. This is to support a player with coaching, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, sports psychology and physiotherapy services, etc. Through the Rookie Program Golf Australia will pay the agreed costs which are part of your annual plan with no requirement for you as the athlete to repay any of those agreed costs.
2. Competition expenses. An allocation of funding to assist a player to play in the events which form part of your competition schedule. This can include, but is not limited to travel expenses, caddie fees, entry costs as well as qualifying tournaments. There is also no requirement for agreed competition costs to be repaid.