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Summer 2016/17 Issue #23



Stay Play Holidays TRAVEL


Summer Fashion TRENDS





CONTENTS 2 From the Editor 4 ALPG Season in Review and Preview 2017 8

Sarah Jane Smith’s Career Hauled off the Rocks

10 Player Profile – Sarah Jane Smith Tips and Training 12 with Ann Wilson- Lawrence ALPG Welcomes All-Comers at 14 Magenta Shores National Clinic


Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club Sanctuary Cove 2016 20 Ladies Golf Classic

22 PING Introduces Pink G Driver There’s Nothing Better Than a 24 Golfing Holiday



Alice Springs Gold Club – An Oasis in the Desert

59 Ladies GOLF Subscription Page 60 Ladies in RACING Subscription Page 61 Golf Gets a Girl Ahead In Gee Chun Makes History 62 at Evian Championships Beth Allen Claims Victory 64 at Lacoste Ladies Open, France


Meghan MacLaren Wins Santander Golf Tour LETAS La Penaza In-Kyung Wins Second 67 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters Title in Three Years

Ariya Makes History as She Wins 68 Ricoh Womens British Open Isabelle Boineau Earns Maiden Win 69 in Scotland

26 South Korea Dominates World 71 Ladies Championships at Anne Marie-Knight Captures 28 Teaching Professional of the Year Mission Hills China Stay and Play at Paradise Palms


McLeod Golf Club 30 Home of the Brisbane Invitational

Women’s Sport is Slowly Moving 72 Towards a Level Playing Field

76 32 Golf Can Take You Anywhere! Ladies in RACING Tour – 78 Your Total River Resort Destination 2017 Royal Ascot Carnival 34 35 The Grange Celebrates Opening 82 Our Heart Beats for Golf New State of the Art Facilities 84 Play With Style - Nivo 36 She Loves Golf, Why Wouldn’t She? 86 Let 6 Week Slim Change Your Life Inbee Park Overcomes Injury and 38 Expectations to Win GOLD in Rio 87 Golfers Product Reviews 42 Aditi Secures Back-to-Back Victories 88 The 2017 Oates Vic Open Aditi Ashok Becomes Home Heroine SA Golf Industry Awards Night 44 89 at Hero Women’s Indian Open Winners List 89 Queensland Golf Foundation Berenice Graduates and Becomes 90 an Addict

Beth’s Hot Streak Continues in Abu Dhabi



An Eagle Propels Supamas 52 to Victory in Sanya

Golf NSW Lady Golfers and Swing Fit

Minjee Lee Wins Her Third 53 LPGA Title

93 The Bruce Cup 94 Book Reviews 96 Advertisers Index

Azahara Munoz Makes History at 56 Home Open

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Head Covers - On Tour

47 Golf Course Real Estate Ice Maiden Olafia Kristinsdottir 48 Stays Cool in the Desert

Anne Van Dam Wins Xiamen 54 International Ladies Open in China

Volunteers Needed for the World Super 6 Perth




FRONT COVER: Sarah Jane Smith

Summer 2016/17 Issue #23



Play Stay ays Holid TRAVEL


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elcome to the Summer Issue of Ladies GOLF Magazine which we are sure you will enjoy.

What an exciting time it is with the opening of the ALPG Season starting in January with the Mulpha Norwest Ladies Pro Am (Castle Hill Country Club), The Pennant Hills Pro Am (Pennant Hills Golf Club), The Oatlands Ladies Pro Am (Oatlands Golf Club) and The Hope Island Pro Am (Links Hope Island). In February we have the RACV Gold Coast Challenge (RACV Royal Pines), The 2017 Oates Victorian Open (13th Beach Golf Links), The ISPS Handa Womens Open (Royal Adelaide Golf Club, The Brisbane Invitational (McLeod Country Golf Club) followed by the BWAC Regional Employment Services Pro Am held at Yamba Golf & Country Club. We bring you a rundown of the Ladies European Tour, the Ladies Professional Golf Association and some of the other International events. We all are aware that exercise helps us feel better, and did you know golfers live longer? A study on golfers living longer was published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, and was based on data from 300,000 Swedish golfers and dramatically confirms the beneficial health effects golf delivers. Regardless of sex, age and social group, golfers have a lower death rate. Better call the pro and take some lessons because … The lowest death rates were found in players with the lowest handicap. Says Professor Ahlbom, “maintaining a low handicap involves playing a lot, so this supports the idea that it is largely the game itself that is good for the health.” With the introduction of Swing Fit there are great reasons to get your friends involved with golf. If you have any stories of your golf game, we would love to hear about them for publishing in the Ladies GOLF Magazine so please send them to me. We also welcome any photos you have so we can publish them in our Image Gallery, a new section we will introduce to the magazine in 2017. So, leap off the couch and play golf! Your body, mind, loved ones and insurance agent will thank you. Yours in GOLF Cathi


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Minjee Lee

in Review and

PREVIEW 2017 Story by Karen Lunn ALPG

What a year 2016 has been for Women’s Golf!


e have seen Minjee Lee win twice on the LPGA Tour, Su Oh have a breakout year securing her full card for 2017, Sarah Jane Smith having the best season of her career and Karrie Webb fighting off the disappointment of not making the Australian Olympic Team to record a top 5 finish at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. To have 4 women in the top 60 on the strongest tour in the world is quite an achievement when you consider that we only have around 16 full time touring professionals!

Norwest ALPG Pro-am will be played for prizemoney of $25,000. This will be the first event on the tour for our 2017 International Members, as they and our ALPG members attempt to qualify for our 2017 major events, including the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

While our players will kick back now and take a well-earned break, plans are well and truly underway for the 2017 ALPG Tour.

Unfortunately, government have not been as generous with funding as they are to our male counterparts but this is something that we hope will change in the future. We just need to keep knocking down those doors!

The first official ranking event of the ALPG 2016-17 tour, the Anita Boon ALPG Pro-am at North Shore Golf Club in Auckland has already been completed, being played on 17th and 18th November. Kiwi Jenna Hunter played some very impressive golf in tough conditions to take her maiden ALPG title at her home club, picking up the largest cheque on offer at an ALPG tour pro-am in the 2016/2017 season. A big thank you to our compatriots in NZ, the NZPWG for putting on such a great event! The 2017 ALPG Club Car Series will kick off at the beautiful Castle Hill Country Club on 17th January, where the Mulpha


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The crew at Castle Hill Country Club are great friends of the ALPG, we have been working together for a few of years now with a view to bring a major international women’s tournament to Sydney.

For the past three years our friends at Castle Hill Renault and Power Ford have been kind enough to supply us with vehicles to get us to our NSW Pro-ams so a big thanks to them for their ongoing support. The tour then travels down the M2 to the rolling hills of Pennant Hills GC for the Goldkey Financial ALPG Pro-am. This will be the third successive year that an ALPG Pro-am has been staged at Pennant Hills GC, where the players will be playing a 36-hole event on 19th and 20th January for $30,000. Last year we had horrendous luck with the weather and were very

Katherine Kirk

Su Oh

fortunate in the end to get one round completed, let’s hope for better weather in 2017! The tour then heads 10 minutes down the road to a very familiar venue for the ALPG, the beautiful Oatlands Golf Club just outside Parramatta. Home for nine years to the Bing Lee Fujitsu NSW Women’s Open, Oatlands is a championship course with a reputation for some of the best and most tricky greens the professionals will play on all year. The players love coming back to Oatlands each year, in 2017 we will once again be playing a 36 hole pro-am for $30,000 and I am sure we can expect another quality field. After Oatlands the ALPG takes a break over the Australia Day weekend, which will give our members an opportunity to spend the weekend at home with their families, and our International visitors the opportunity to witness the Australia Day celebrations in Sydney which we all know is not to be missed. The Tour then heads up to Queensland’s magnificent Gold Coast where we will have a new event on our schedule in 2017, the ALPG Hope Island pro-am. This event will be held on 30th January at the Links Hope Island Golf Club for prizemoney of $25,000. This is the first time that ALPG has played an event at Hope Island, and we are all very excited about our association with such a great venue. The players will then make very good use of a couple of days off to hit the beaches, do some shopping or attend one of the many Gold Coast theme parks, before hitting the fairways of RACV Royal Pines Resort where we will play the inaugural RACV Gold Coast Challenge from 2nd – 4th February 2017.

Karrie Webb

Sarah Jane Smith

This event will see an exciting new format, the first two days will see 2 professionals and 2 amateurs paired together competing in a team event, which will be played concurrently with the tournament proper. This will give the amateur players a unique opportunity to get an up close and personal experience of playing alongside women professional golfers as they compete in a professional golf tournament. The final round will see the leading fifty professionals battle it out for prizemoney of a minimum of $150k. Already we have commitments from ALPG stars Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Kirk, Rebecca Artis, Sarah Kemp and Stacey Keating, along with legend Dame Laura Davies and Canadian star Lorie Kane. From the sunny Gold Coast the ALPG heads south to another jewel in the crown of Australian Golf, the magnificent 13th Beach Resort in Barwon Heads for the 2017 Oates Victorian Open. This tournament continues to go from strength to strength each year, thanks to a wonderful title sponsor in Oates and fantastic support from both the State government in Victoria and the City of Geelong. We have seen the prizemoney continue to grow for both the men and the women events, two years ago they were each playing for $150,000, in 2017 both the men and the women will be competing for a minimum of $350,000. Golf Victoria have done an outstanding job with this event and have created something really special that the players, stakeholders and fans alike all love being a part of. Watch this space we may see some big names committing to the women’s event in the near future! Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23


Su Oh

From the Bellarine Peninsula, the tour heads to the “City of Churches” for the pinnacle of the ALPG Tour, the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. In 2017 the tournament will be held at the magnificent Royal Adelaide Golf Club, where 22 years ago a fresh faced Annika Sorenstam claimed her first professional victory, before going on to be arguably the most successful women golfer in history. The tournament will be played from 16-19th February for prizemoney of US$1.3 million, and will boast many of the world’s leading players including defending champion japanese star Haru Nomura and world number 1 Lydia Ko.

The final event of the 2017 Club Car Series and the ALPG Tour for 2017 will be the BWAC Employment and Community Services pro-am at the spectacular Yamba G&CC on the Northern NSW Coast. This will be the fourth edition of the proam and without doubt it is one of the most popular venues for our members and visitors with its pristine beaches and holiday atmosphere. The course itself at Yamba is truly of championship standard, if the wind gets up it can be a very tough test of golf!. The pro-am will be played on the 24th February for a purse of $20,000 after which the winner of the 2017 ALPG Club Car Series will be crowned!

It is certainly exciting for the ladies to be playing such a prestigious event here in Australia for this level of prizemoney, and quite unique in the sporting world for the women’s event to carry a higher level of prizemoney that the men’s equivalent.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our host clubs and sponsors for their support of the ALPG Club Car Series, along with RACV for their sponsorship of the RACV Gold Coast Challenge, Oates and the Victorian Government for their ongoing support of the Oates Victorian Open, ISPS for their sponsorship of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and Golf Australia and Golf Victoria for their support of women’s golf in Australia

In saying this the women’s event will attract a world class field which is a direct benefit of having the powerhouse that is the USLPGA Tour as a sanctioning partner. Golf Australia has done a wonderful job in securing a three year deal to play the Open in Adelaide, in 2016 the tournament was held at The Grange Golf Club and was a great success, in 2018 the tournament will be played at Kooyonga GC, Following the completion of our 2016 major tournaments, the tour will back to Queensland where the 2017 Club Car Series will resume at McLeod Country Golf Club for the 2017 Brisbane International. The pro-am will be played over two days on the 21st and 22nd of February, with day two being the professional individual event played for a purse of $30,000. Our friends at McLeod Country Golf Club hope that the proam will prove to be a stepping stone to bring a major women’s professional tournament to Brisbane sometime in the future.


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Also a huge thanks to Kevin Gates and Club Car for their continued support of the ALPG Club Car Series. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events in 2017. If you are interested in playing in any of our pro-ams or plan to come to watch one of our major events please contact me at If you want to be in the running to win some great prizes throughout the year, go to our website au/friends.php and join our “Friends of the ALPG” It costs nothing to join! Follow us on our Facebook page “Australian Ladies Professional Golf Official” our Twitter page @ALPGTour or our BingLee Youtube channel “GameOnALPG”


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SARAH JANE SMITH'S Career Hauled off the Rocks Story by Mark Hayes courtesy Golf Australia


Sarah Jane Smith is enjoying arguably her most consistent year on the LPGA Tour.

t’s funny how one bounce can transform everything in golf. Naturally, that bounce can be either good or bad, wrecking seasons, careers or just a late charge at your club’s chook run – or propelling you to a trophy that seemed out of reach. Sarah Jane Smith had suffered through her fair share of bad breaks during her 11 years on the LPGA Tour and feared the worst again in April as she resumed her weather-delayed second round on Saturday morning with the Texas wind whipping into her face. “It’s a par four, the 15th from memory, and I hit a rescue off the tee for position, but with the wind howling in our faces, I had to hit a 5-wood flat out to get home in two,” recalls Sarah Jane, who was locked in fierce battle to make the cut. “The second shot is over water to what’s almost an island green and I didn’t quite catch it and I thought, `Oh no, here we go again’. “I knew it was going to hit the rocks short and then who knows? But it bounced on them and went straight forward at the pin and I holed a birdie putt from 15ft.” What followed was a deserving slice of good fate for the delightful Queenslander who, quite simply, hasn’t had much of it on the world’s links since turning pro in late 2004. That luck had spiralled south to the extent of 12 missed cuts in 21 events in 2015 as she fought, for the first time in her career, what she feared might have become a terminal battle.


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“I just wasn’t going in right direction last year and it felt like a big step backwards for the first time,” she says. “Previously I hadn’t been having any great wins or anything, but I’d been learning things and feeling like I was making progress. But nothing felt good at all last year … it was pretty worrying.” Sarah Jane said she’d simply lost the previous “click” with her past coach and after a flat T65 at her beloved ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide, she returned to her Florida base desperately needing a change after poor health and form conspired for two missed cuts and her first career withdrawal in the first four tournaments of the LPGA season. And then came the call that turned it all around. Husband and caddie Duane picked up the phone to Sarah Jane’s former coach Sean Foley in the hope he might be able to offer a tip. As luck would have it, they were all in Orlando at the same time and her emergency 40-minute clinic the next morning gave Sarah Jane just enough to reload and take the first steps back towards positivity. “It was great, just refreshing at the right time,” she recalls. “Sean gave me a bunch of drills to work on and I didn’t see him until July for my next (face-to-face) lesson. “But I had enough to work on and he’s been amazing with checking videos and calling me back and I while I feel like I’m not seeing him a lot, he definitely has been giving me some things that work well for me.”

The turnaround wasn’t instant and a couple of bad breaks in San Francisco the week before Texas culminated in another missed cut. “But I felt like it was just about there.” Then came the “sliding doors” rock moment at the Texas Shootout and Sarah Jane hasn’t looked back. Weekend rounds at Las Colinas of 67-69 vaulted her up the leaderboard and her T13 finish was the first in an unbroken string of 16 events in which she’s not only made every cut, but taken several huge career strides in major championships to boot. “It was amazing that shot, when I look back now,” says Sarah Jane, who’s enjoying arguably her most consistent LPGA season with six top-20s vaulting to 53rd in the Tour’s Race to the CME Globe standings. “We ended up having a really good week there and then Sean pointed out the difference that one inch between me only just making the cut and not, but the difference between beating myself up for nothing. “That weekend was the big change. “I haven’t dominated, but I’ve been consistent … and it’s nice to have some good results. “It’s been a massive change and with no more cuts this year after (the) Evian (Championship), it’s sort of nice to have that streak going along, too.” Sarah Jane, who played her junior golf in Caloundra and around the Sunshine Coast, missed out on this week’s Hana Bank Championship in Korea, but has starts in all bar one of the seasonending events ahead – and she’s first alternate in that Japanese event, too. It has been a whirlwind 12 months for the 32-year-old, who for years was regarded as a great ball-striker who just hadn’t managed to have all components of her game click for four straight rounds.

“But going through that last year when nothing was going right, to get the ball around it actually made me become a better putter – I `kinda’ had to,” she says with a giggle. “My chipping had been unacceptable, too. I was struggling to get up and down from spots other girls were thinking about making their little chips. You can’t compete when that’s happening.” “But Sean has my long game back, now we’re working on the short game and the putting is just better than it’s been, I think. “When you look back, I’d been hanging on for the last couple of years and needed to be at my absolute best to be around on the weekend, probably. “But now I feel I can contend – that’s a much better feeling. “Even in those (late-season) majors, I felt like I belonged there.” That sense of belonging culminated in T17 and T30 finishes in the Women’s British Open and Evian, respectively. But those results hide the early brilliance that put her in contention in both for much of the British event and until the third round in France. And while she’s been higher than her present 121 on the Rolex Rankings, the trend is strongly positive that Sarah Jane will soon reach a career high. “I’ve been inside 100 in the world, but never far. “I never really paid any attention to them, but I was fourth (in Australia) last year for ages but wasn’t at the time of the Crown International and while I was really happy to see Rebecca Artis get her debut (in the team event), I was pretty disappointed in myself to miss out on that chance. “So I don’t really look at them, but I know it needs to get higher again to get into those type of events.” You get the feeling luck won’t play a part when next those selections roll around.

~ I never see failure as failure, but only as a learning experience ~ I never see failure as failure, but only as a negative feedback, I need to change course in my direction ~ I never see failure as failure, but only as the opportunity to practise my techniques and perfect my performance ~ I never see failure as failure, but only as an opportunity to develop my sense of humour ~ I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play to win.


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08 July 1984


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2006/07 • Best finish T12 Wagga RSL Pro Am. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $4,475.80

2005/06 • Best finish T3 OptusWorld Coraki Golf Club Pro Am. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $7,517.50

2004/05 • Best finish T9 Titanium Enterprises ALPG Players' Championship. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $8,937.50

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS PERSONAL SNIPPETS • Home Course/Club: Bay Hill Club • Current Sponsors: SleepScreen • Apart from practise, Sarah-Jane enjoys movies, arts and crafts, drawing, painting, running and going to the gym. • Sarah-Jane lists Mum and Dad, Ian Triggs and Peter Heiniger as those with the most influence on her career to date • 165cm with blonde hair and hazel eyes, Sarah-Jane (nee Kenyon) married Duane Smith.

VICTORY AND AWARDS 2008 • ILOVENY Championship 2005 • Tampa Bay FUTURES Golf Classic

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2015 • 15th Manlike Classic 2014 • 12th CME Group Tour Championship • 11th Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic • 2nd Kingsmill Championship 2013 • 15th ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open 2012/13 • Best finish 5th ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $34,428.75

2012 • 10th Walmart NW Arkansas Championship • 6th Navistar LPGA Classic 2011/12 • Best finish T3 Lady Anne Funerals Ryde Parramatta Pro Am. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $12,110.91

2011 • 4th HSBC Brasil Cup 2010 • 16th Bell Micro LPGA Classic • 20th Tres Marias Championship • 14th LPGA Championship 2010/11 • Best finish 2nd NRE Guiarat Russell Vale Challenge Cup. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $31,752.08

2009 • 19th Navister LPGA Classic 2009/10 • Best finish T2 Kangaroo Valley Resort ALPG Classic. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $30,229.12

2008/09 • Best finish T3 Guiarat NRE Cup. Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $12,515

2004 • Member Australian World Cup Team (Espirito Santo Trophy); Member 5th placed Queen Sirikit Cup Team; Member Queensland State Team (Gladys Hay Memorial Cup); Winner Queensland Annual Stroke Averages Salver • Leading Amateur AAMI Women's Australian Open (10th overall); Runner-Up Queensland 72-Hole Strokeplay Championship (lost in playoff); T3 Australian 72-Hole Strokeplay Championship; 3rd New Zealand 72-Hole Strokeplay Championship 2003 • Member Winning Tasman Cup Team, Member Winning Australian Commonwealth Tournament Team; Member Queen Sirikit Cup Team; Member Queensland State Team (Gladys Hay Memorial Cup); Winner Queensland Annual Stroke Averages Salver • Winner Leonora Wray Trophy (No.1 Australian Ranked Amateur); Winner Queensland & NSW 72-Hole Strokeplay Championships; Runner-Up Victorian & West Australian 72-Hole Strokeplay Championships; Runner-Up New Zealand Amateur Championship 2002 • Member Winning Tasman Cup Team; Member Winning Queensland State Team (Gladys Hay Memorial Cup); Member Queensland State Junior Team (Burtta Cheney Cup) • Semi-Finalist Honda New Zealand U21 Championship; SemiFinalist Queensland Ladies Amateur; 3rd South Australian 72-Hole Strokeplay Championship • Winner Junior Merit Award (No.1 Ranked Junior); Winner Australian Junior Championship; Winner Queensland Junior Championship 2001 • Member Australian Team World Junior Titles; Member Junior Tasman Cup Team (Tied series); Member Queensland State Team (Gladys Hay Memorial Cup); Member Winning Queensland Junior State Team (Burtta Cheney Cup) • Runner-Up World Junior Golf Championship; Runner-Up Australian Junior Amateur Championship (lost in playoff); Runner-Up NSW Ladies Amateur Championship; Runner-Up Queensland 72-Hole Strokeplay Championship • Winner Queensland Annual Stroke Averages Salver; Queensland Gatehouse Award Winner, Winner Queensland Country Championship; Winner Queensland Junior Foursomes Championship (with A. French); Winner Queensland Secondary Schools Championship 2000 • Winner Australian Schoolgirls Championship; Winner Queensland Champion of Champions; Winner Queensland Schoolgirls Championship; Winner Queensland Mixed and Junior Foursomes Championships • Runner-Up Queensland Junior Championship (Leading qualifier); Runner-Up South Pacific Ladies Open Classic; T6 Australian Junior Amateur Championship • Mermber Australian Junior Team; Member Queensland State Team (Gladys Hay Memorial Cup); Member Queensland Junior State Team (Burtta Cheney Cup); Member Queensland Secondary Schools Team 1999 • Joint Winner Queensland Junior Championship; Runner-Up Australian Schoolgirls Championship • Member Winning Queensland Junior State Team (Burtta Cheney Cup)

2008 • 16th Kapalua LPGA Classic • 6th Navister Classic • 16th Bell Micro Classic

1998 • 4th Queensland Junior Championship

2007/08 • Best finish T2 Angostura Castle Hill Country Club Pro Am.

Correct at time of printing for further information visit

Total ALPG prizemoney for the season was $1,733.30

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Approach shots to the green

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Gain more Consistency & Confidence with Your Approach Shots. Follow these fundamental tips including club selection, Set up & Swing Length and get results. Once you understand the fundamentals make sure you spend time practising and your game will improve.

ANN WILSONLAWRENCE Awarded Teaching Professional Ann has been named in the top 50 teaching professionals in Australia. She is a life member of the ALPG and is a teaching professional at Lakelands Golf Club on the Gold Coast. Ann holds weekly group clinics, private lessons and beginners fun golf days once a month. Please give Ann a call for some help with your golf game on 0413 860 213.

Chip and Run Approach

Pitch Approach Shot

Chip and Run Approach

Pitch Approach Shot

Play a low running shot with a 7 or 8 Iron where the grass is low cut and smooth. This is a Low risk shot.

Use a Pitching Wedge to fly the ball over longer grass. Remember to brush the grass under the ball. That allows the club face to elevate the ball with back spin.

When it comes to playing your approach shot to the green, there are a few options to consider.

It is important to have a good understanding of how to play these shots.

For the average golfer, an approach shot that does not require a full swing can be very challenging.

A good percentage of your game relies on how well you approach the green and how close you get the ball to the hole.

Many golfers have trouble playing shots that require a half or three-quarter swing, generally from about 20 to 70 metres from the hole.

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Club Selection The lie and landing surface will play a big part in the club selection and the type of shot you are able to play. Some golf courses require Pitching or Lob Shots to the green, whilst others favour the running shot. Never-the-less, it is always good to know how to play all kinds of shots, to suit the conditions of play.

A ball ‘sitting up’

A ball ‘sitting down’

The lie of your ball will dictate the club you select. A ball ‘sitting down’ in longer grass will require a more lofted club. TIP: for a buried ball, close the club face and position the ball back in your stance.

Use a less lofted club, like a 7 or 8 iron if you want to ball to run. Use a lofted club if the shot requires height and less run, like a Pitching or Sand Wedge. (Remember, only use a Sand or Lob Wedge if the ball is on a good lie.)

Setting up for the length of shot It is important to have the correct set up position to play approach shots consistently. Playing these shorter controlled shots requires a more compact stance and address position. Follow these simply rules when you are playing any shots that don’t require a full swing: •

Grip down the handle

Narrow your stance

Aim open to your target

Arms & Hands closer to your body

Wrists and Hands slightly in front of the ball

Weight slightly on your left side

Ball Centre forward for higher shots

Ball Position Back of Centre for lower running shots

Chest Slightly over with bottom out.

Incorrect set up and stance can result in poor connection to the ball. For example over reaching, wide stance or leaning back.


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Length of Swing The distance of your approach shot from the green will dictate the length of the swing. Remember to mirror the back and through swing distance with your arms and hand position 5. Look at the clock face ( Fig 5) to assist the length of your Arm swing. For Example.

20 M Shot . Hands and Arms swing back to about Waist high through to Waist high. ( 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock)

Lean More Left. If you are hitting Before or Behind the ball try leaning more on your left side or Front foot throughout your swing. This will give you better contact under the ball not behind the ball.

Shadow Drill for Sliders. Use your Shadow to see if your body, legs or hips are moving too much to your right on the back swing. Your body should turn more than slide to the right. Your shadow can be very helpful if you are a slider.

Accelerate through the Ball. Good rhythm & timing throughout the swing is important. Don’t Decelerate or stop on the ball. Finish balanced on your left or Front side.

Take a Practise Swing. When you are playing on the golf course you need to feel the shot your are about to play. The length and weight of the Short Irons for Approach shots are quite different to your Woods. You must feel the club you are about to use, so take a couple of Practise swings to feel the shot and you’ll be surprised at your results.

40 M Shot the wrists break or cock before waist high and arms and hands reach about 10 o’clock then accelerate through the ball to about 2 o’clock.

60 M Shot more shoulder chest rotation to reach about 11 O’clock through to 1 O’clock. Which is almost a full swing.

Of course the players ability and strengths will vary, along with the club selection and length of swing required. So it is important for each individual to understand their length of swing for distance control. Equally important is the rhythm of the swing. Try to keep the swinging motion, back and through, even in tempo. It’s no good going back too slow then quickly swinging through to hit the ball. This usually results in topping the ball along the ground. Yes, it is important to accelerate through the ball on all these shots, but try and keep your rhythm consistent.

Brush the Grass. The Bottom of the club or leading edge must touch or Brush the grass under the ball, when playing these approach shots. It’s that simple. This gives the ball Height & Back Spin. ( Don’t try and lift the ball by flicking your hands up) Balls of your Feet. If you are not getting under the ball or topping the ball try leaning over slightly on the balls of your feet in your starting position. (Don’t sit back on your heals)

Final thoughts If your game is lacking the skills to play these approaching shots more accurately, take some time to practise these when you next visit the practise range. Next time you are at a professional golf tournament for men or women, take note of the first club they pull out of the bag to warm up with. I can guarantee it’s a lofted club, probably a sand, pitching or lob wedge. Follow what the pro’s do and work your way down the clubs. Don’t pull out the driver first. Warm up with your short irons, mid irons then woods. Confidence comes from doing something well. Build your confidence on the range with these shots, so you know how to play them on the golf course. Chances are you will gain more consistency practicing these approaching shots and your score will show improvements. I hope these tips have given you something to work on. Look out for more Tips & Drills to help your game in the next issue of Ladies GOLF Magazine Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23


ALPG Welcomes all-comers at



he ALPG National Women’s Clinics have proven to be a great hit since the product was launched at Oatlands Golf Club in Sydney’s west two years ago, with women golfers from Bunbury in Western Australia all the way to the picturesque Long Reef Golf Club in Sydney’s northern beaches benefitting and learning from the experience and knowledge of ALPG’s female golf coaches.

While in 2016 the National Women’s Clinics have once again proven to be hugely successful, at the request of Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club we introduced a slightly refined model to be piloted whereby the club’s male members would also be welcome to attend. The ALPG teaching professionals Rachel Hetherington, Shani Waugh, Annabel Rolley, Nicky Henderson, and Lee Harrington, along with local PGA professional Nat Whittington were the hosts for the day, and the feedback from both the women and the men who attended was fantastic. It was awesome to see all of the smiling faces at the end of the day. If this model was going to be tested anywhere it absolutely made sense for us to do so at Magenta Shores. Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club is a magnificent resort about 90minutes drive from Sydney and an hour from Newcastle. The course is of the highest order, a links style layout which is a true test especially when the wind blows. While the layout and the resort are both five star, it is the structure of the club which is equally as impressive. If you take a look at the club’s constitution you will see no reference to women, men, male or female members. You see Magenta Shores is an equal opportunity club in every sense. I have had the pleasure of visiting Magenta Shores on a couple of occasions now and it is fantastic to see the camaraderie and respect which exists between the members regardless of their gender.

Annabel Rolley


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The Chair at Magenta Shores, Jodie Skellern, is a woman of great experience in the business world and is also as passionate a woman as you will meet when it comes to

fairness, diversity and equality. She is PhD candidate researching the gender gap in large law firms and its connection to participation in sport, and recently played host at a daylong forum (alongside Megan Symington from Inside Golf) to a group of 30 women involved in golf club governance to discuss how to attract more women into golf club governance, and how to get more women playing golf and joining golf clubs. At the forum It was acknowledged that women in the golf industry face similar challenges as women in corporate Australia—the most prominent being the under-representation of women in leadership roles. Studies across a range of countries and businesses show that organisations where women and men collaborate to solve problems and make decisions out-perform those who do not. A sincere thanks to Jodie and all at Magenta Shores for once again pushing the boundaries in hosting our recent clinic. I hope that other golf clubs around Australia choose to take a leaf or two out of the model that Magenta Shores and many other golf clubs across Australia are choosing to adopt, where women and men can co-exist as members of a golf club with the same rights and privileges.

Rachel Hetherington

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MAGENTA SHORES Golf and Country Club


agenta Shores Golf and Country Club, with its highly rated private links layout and five-star Pullman Magenta Shores resort, offers golfers a very special golf experience with the beautiful Ross Watson-designed ocean-front course being widely acclaimed. Although only 10 years old, it was rated this year by Australian Golf Digest magazine as NSW’s top resort course, the sixth best of all courses in NSW and number 23 out of the Top 100 in Australia. In NSW that puts it just behind time-honoured rating favourites as NSW Golf Club, Ellerston, The Australian and The Lakes and yet the Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club is far more accessible to join than all of those. Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club is owned by the members with men and women having equal playing and voting rights and regular weekly competitions are mixed. Membership categories (9 in total), cover a wide range from young Juniors through to the seasoned golfer. Adapted to fit the needs of busy lifestyles, there’s a category for everyone. This is a progressive club offering special clinics for juniors,


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Rookies clinics for new or recent golfers and the very latest in teaching facilities, the world famous TrackMan electronic training system with our resident professional. Plus they have regular new initiatives such as par 3 and 9 hole competitions.

Junior and Intermediate age memberships have no joining fees In partnership with the hotel there is a wide range of Play and Stay events and Corporate days. The Pullman Magenta Shores Resort regularly advertises packages on Golflink, Crazy Golf, Groupon etc and the hotel also advertises yearround offers on the Spoilt for Choice section of the Pullman Magenta Shores Resort website.

With the Pacific Ocean on one side, Tuggerah Lakes on the other and Wyrrabalong National Park to the north, every hole at Magenta Shores offers the golfer a wonderful landscape with a variety of natural views to add to the enjoyment. Another big attraction is that as a sand-based course, golf continues, even in carts, when many Sydney and Central Coast courses are closed.

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SANCTUARY COVE 2016 Ladies Golf Classic

Sanctuary Cove welcomed 144 Ladies to the 5th annual Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic on Sunday March 13th.


aving travelled from throughout Australia, the Ladies were met with gloomy weather conditions, making for a wet first day on The Pines golf course playing a 4-Person Ambrose. With the rain easing off throughout the round, the Ladies were greeted by golf professional Ashleigh Blacksell with a welcome glass of sparkling wine and cheese platter on the par 3 13th. Ashleigh hit impressive tee shots for the Ladies and also raised over $580 for the Zephyr Foundation, which helps children at domestic violence shelters continue their education. Following the first day of play, the Ladies enjoyed a variety of canapés, refreshing beverages and superb live entertainment at the welcome cocktail party, while the day’s winners were announced and presented with a number of prizes. Day 2 of the Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic was the event’s first official round, which was played on The Palms golf course in a Single Stableford format in much more favourable conditions. After a lovely day on the course, Ladies were welcomed to the Clubhouse for the evening’s formal dinner. The function included a delicious three-course meal, a lavish prize presentation and moreover a fantastic live band, which ensured the Ladies filled the dance floor well into the night.


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The tournament’s final day was held on The Pines golf course. Despite sunshine, dry conditions, and an immaculate golf course, wind proved to be the day’s challenging element for the Ladies. Nonetheless, a special mention must go to Sanctuary Cove Member Cathy Mathieson, who took advantage of the windy weather with a remarkable hole in one on the 13th hole. Also overcoming the testing conditions was the overall winner of the 2016 Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic. Riversdale Golf Club member Jenny Schultz took out the title with a 68-point total for the two days, narrowly defeating runner-up Carmel Pukallus on a count back. Jenny won the coveted diamondstudded putter and was presented with the Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic trophy. Travelling from Melbourne, this was Jenny’s first time playing the event, and she is now looking forward to returning next year to defend her title. We sincerely thank all participants for once again making this such a remarkable event, and trust you thoroughly enjoyed your time at Sanctuary Cove and the Ladies Golf Classic. With a vast amount of interest already expressed in next year’s event, we can only anticipate to make the Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic bigger and better. We look forward to seeing you all at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club throughout the year and to welcoming you to the Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic in 2017.

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Introduces Pink G Driver

PING introduces pink G driver, donating share of proceeds to Bubba Watson Foundation


We’re blessed with the opportunity to partner with Bubba and are very grateful to golfers who choose to support this program for the benefit of the Bubba Watson Foundation.”

The pink G drivers are available for pre-order through authorized PING retailers around the world. The driver also comes with Bubba’s “caricature” head cover. The AU RRP for the driver and head cover is AU$950.

Widely recognized as the longest driver on tour, Watson has used a pink PING driver since 2012, the year he won his first of two Masters. Following that win, PING introduced a similar program with its pink G20 driver. Those funds were donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and used to help build the Bubba Watson-PING Motion Analysis Lab, which uses advanced assessment tools to evaluate and treat children and adolescents who have movement disorders or walking difficulties. Proceeds from the pink G30 limited-edition model in 2015 were donated to the Pensacola, Fla., children’s hospital, Sacred Heart, where Bubba was born, along with other children’s charities in the Pensacola area.

HOENIX – PING announced it will sell 6,000 limited-edition pink PING G™ drivers, similar to the one used by Bubba Watson, and donate US$60 to the Bubba Watson Foundation for every pink driver sold. It marks the third time in four years the company has partnered with Watson on the fundraiser, which will now surpass US$1 million in donations since its beginning in 2012.

“Bubba’s a creative thinker and his decision to distinguish himself by using a pink driver and shaft helped make this program possible,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “I first met him as a teenager and he’s been on our staff since turning professional in 2003. He has a huge heart and continues to use his success in golf to help people in need, especially children.

“PING and the Solheim family are incredibly generous in giving back to the game through ideas like the limited-edition pink-driver program,” “PING and the Solheim family are incredibly generous in giving back to the game through ideas like the limited-edition pinkdriver program,” Watson said. “I’m very grateful for all of their support, on and off the golf course. The response from the first two driver programs was amazing, so I’m excited to continue this tradition for the third time. We’ve been able to do a lot of great things together that truly help improve the lives of the less fortunate and those in need.”

Bubba’s “caricature” head cover


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The limited-edition drivers will have a bright pink shaft and clubhead featuring the same technology as the highly acclaimed standard G driver, including Dragonfly Technology on the crown finished in dark gray to create a contrasting, eye-popping appearance. The pink G drivers are offered in 9º and 10.5º lofts (adjustable up to +- 1º) for right-handed players; 10.5º (adjustable up to +- 1º) for left-handed players. It is available in R and S flexes.







LADY GOLFERS OF ALL LEVELS ARE INVITED TO PLAY THIS FUN AND SOCIAL GOLF EVENT. The Sanctuary Cove Ladies Golf Classic comprises: • Sunday - The Pines golf course A fun Ambrose competition followed by a welcome cocktail party • Monday - The Palms golf course 18-hole competition followed by the official dinner with entertainment • Tuesday - The Pines golf course 18-hole competition followed by the presentation barbecue dinner

Date: Price:

Sunday 12 - Tuesday 14 March 2017 $425 per person I Three-day event

Entry fee includes: green fees, driving range balls, a welcome pack, a cocktail party, entertainment, the official dinner and presentation barbecue dinner First prize: A diamond-studded putter

With limited spots available, bookings are essential.

For bookings and enquiries email I Entries close Wednesday 1 March 2017


Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club Gleneagles Drive, Sanctuary Cove, QLD Phone 07 5699 9000

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but there’s nothing worse than planning it! If you want the fun of a golfing holiday without the hassle or some friendly advice on when and where to tour, golfOZ Tours & Tourism is the place to start.


perated by Emma Beauclerc and her team in the midst of golf tour heaven “The Gold Coast”, they specialize in planning and arranging personalised golf tour packages for various destinations. While most of their clients book to tour The Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast with them from March – November, they have found that destinations like Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Nelson Bay, are becoming very popular with many golfers. “I find that many people may call or email me to look at one destination to tour, while they end up at another, mainly because we talk about the weather, logistics of the tour, what’s good to play/what’s not in great condition, where are the night activities etc”

Because we in Australia are blessed with many golfing hubs, the choice is endless. So with my knowledge and experience when it comes to organising these tours and knowing what is required, we can provide a personalised package to suit you & your group’s requirements. ” Emma says. golfOZ Tours & Tourism caters for individual golfers, groups (no limit in size) and small corporate golf days. They offer complete play-and-stay golf tour packages, with non-playing partners very welcome. We also organise non golfing options like: watching a live NRL / AFL / Rugby footy game; an afternoon at the local Races for a punt; Go Karting adventures; Fishing Charter; Whale watching; Bus Day trips to wineries / shopping malls, pubs and much more. They also provide a complete package inclusive of various levels of 3-5 star accommodation, transfers to from airports and golf daily, and of course, the most competitive golfing rates around. “The hardest thing you will have to do is walk off the plane” Call golfOZ and be surprised by the value offered for your next hassle-free golf tour to your favourite Australian golfing destination. For more information go to call 07 5575 8500 or email Find us on Facebook & YouTube. 24

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ust a mere 15 minutes north of the Cairns International Airport and 5 minutes from the beautiful Palm Cove precinct, Paradise Palms attracts golfers of all abilities from around the country to experience world-class golfing with an endless summer vibe. Continuously ranked as one of Australia’s top-100 courses, the iconic club has its sights set on improving this already impressive ranking to a top 25 course with planned improvements currently underway.

Originally designed by Graham Marsh and Ross Watson, this championship course takes its players on a journey over winding creeks and ravines. From every tee at Paradise Palms, golfers will be treated to a truly spectacular layout. Spanning 6,331 meters, there are 3 large lakes that come into play, the par 71 golf course offers every golfer a demanding yet picturesque layout. With new Club Car golf carts all fitted with the latest Visage GPS, golfers will never get caught short. Offering multiple tee options enticing golfers of all levels and experience and a new combined practice


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putting and chipping green. Paradise Palms boasts an impressive clubhouse, perfect for a meal or a relaxing drink after a challenging round. The large clubhouse encompasses two function rooms, fresh local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days per week in the restaurant, plus an expansive golf shop stocked with the latest apparel for men and women as well as quality golfing equipment. The relaxed open bar welcomes everyone, including those just looking for a relaxing drink in a tranquil setting. Paradise Palms offers Stay + Play packages that include three nights’ accommodation in a resort room, twin share, breakfast daily and two rounds of 18-holes including cart, starting at just $777*. Enjoy the best golf in Tropical North Queensland while relaxing in 4.5 star-accommodation. For more information: (07) 4059 9935







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ANNE MARIE-KNIGHT Captures Teaching Professional of the Year Award

A former member of the Ladies European Tour and ALPG Tour in Australia, Anne Marie-Knight has shown what is possible in the golfing industry here in Australia.


n an historic night in South Australia which celebrates the achievements of South Australians working and competing in the game, it was the girl who grew up in Renmark, three hours out of Adelaide who stole the show. Anne Marie became the first female recipient of the award in South Australia and only the second in Australia following in the footsteps of Denise Hutton who won the award in New South Wales back in 2013

“It is such an amazing honour to be named the Teaching Pro of the Year and I am very humbled to be given the award by my fellow PGA Professionals” said Anne Marie who is based out of Adelaide Shores Driving Range and has been guided in recent years by PGA Life Member and South Australian golfing icon Peter Ormsby. “I really have had an amazing support network around me with my husband and family being incredibly encouraging and allowing me to chase my dreams and pursue this career in golf which has given me so much." Anne Marie has excelled in recent years since completing her PGA vocational bridging course in 2008 which followed a career playing professionally around the world. “Its been an amazing opportunity to move into the coaching industry and I really have learned so much from my mentors and the people who gave me a chance including PGA Pros


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Matthew Dent and Peter Bickley early on when I began my PGA bridging here in Adelaide," she added. Anne Marie has made incredible strides working with several charities and groups which aim to assist the disabled and disadvantaged including the younger onset dementia group and the handicap for kids group. “I think the PGA has come a long way in providing mobility and acceptance opportunities for groups like the ones I work with but we still have so many great opportunities to provide a better standard of living to people who need it and can benefit from the game of golf,” added Anne Marie. Joining Knight in the winner’s circle was Mt Osmond Head Professional Ian Pritchard who captured the PGA Club Professional of the Year award for the third consecutive year after also taking out the national PGA Club Professional award in 2015 which was announced at the Greg Norman Medal last year. “It’s an amazing honour and I’m incredibly surprised by the award” said Ian who delivers a first class professional service to his membership at Mt Osmond. Ian will join Anne Marie on the Gold Coast in December for the national awards presentations which are held in conjunction with the annual Greg Norman Medal. Meanwhile it was a memorable night for two regional golf clubs in SA who took out the two major PGA tournament awards.

The Murray Bridge Classic was announced as the 2016 PGA Pro-Am of the Year winner after hosting its inaugural championship in April this year.

South Australia’s Glenn Joyner was the winner of the 2016 event at Blue Lake Golf Links and will likely be back to defend with another stellar field in 2017.

The event delivered a $30,000 prize purse and was won by local South Australian David Lutterus.

Both the Murray Bridge Classic and the Blue Lake Senior PGA Championship will be back in 2017 and have provided a tough benchmark for the other host clubs and organisers in South Australia to follow.

“We are wrapped to be named as the Pro-Am of the Year in our first go,” said Club President Roger Weeks. “We have had amazing support from the City of Murray Bridge and Mildy Raveane who did a wonderful job working with his team and PGA Head Professional Shannon Scott." In the category of Legends Tournament of the Year, the 2016 SA Senior PGA Championship won the award and was a career highlight for the passionate Bill Burley who hosts the championship at Blue Lake Public Golf Links in Mt Gambier. Bill was joined by his family on the night and expressed his delight in hosting the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour each year and says it’s a “chance to get Blue Lake Golf Links on the map but I’m honoured to be here tonight”.

In all, the SA Golf Industry Awards Night was a spectacular event bringing together people from all over the state and from various backgrounds including members of the General Managers Association, the Golf Course Superintendents Association and of course Golf SA which presented several awards including the individual medals to the victorious State Junior Boys team who were coached by PGA Teacher of the Year nominee Adrian Wickstein from Glenelg Golf Club. We were also greeted with the presence of PGA Life Member Peter Ormsby.

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McLeod Country Golf Club is very excited to announce that ‘The 2017 Brisbane Invitational’ ALPG Pro Am will be held on the 21st and 22nd February 2017.


his tournament is in its third year running which begun in January 2015 and was the first professional women’s golf event to be held in Brisbane for over 35 years. McLeod Country Golf Club continues to be the only golf club in Brisbane willing to host a professional women’s golf event and is the only golf club in the southern hemisphere to be fully governed by women. This is an event that should not be missed and the public is welcome to not only watch these fantastic athletes in action but you are also invited to come play along side the professional’s for two days of fun and golfing action. Once again this is Brisbane’s ONLY professional women’s golf tournament. Full package includes two rounds of golf and cart, playing with a professional over two days, invitation to a Professional Shootout Function and the Final Presentation Dinner.

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left to right : Jessica MacPhee (Professional), Collete Byrne, Dianne Pisani and Kyla Inaba (Professional).

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Golf can take you

ANYWHERE! Discovering your passion can open a whole new world of experiences and personal rewards. Such was the case for Canberra’s Pro-Am golfer Tracey Mitchell.


fter years of sitting on the sideline watching husband Mitch play, her restlessness and health scare prompted her to join him on the fairway. Little did she know that she would find a new love in her life – GOLF! Although a late starter at 50 years of age, Tracey has since combined her love of travel and golf to play some of the world’s best courses in South Africa, Europe, Britain, Asia, throughout the Pacific and USA. Enjoying these first hand experiences inspired her to start her own travel agency MPS Travel + Tours packaging golf tours and general worldwide travel. “Golf is more than just a game – it can literally take you anywhere. Soaking up the breathtaking scenery, playing on championship courses, you make friends along the way and hear their stories. ” said Tracey. In September, this year Tracey with friends played the Jurassic golf courses of Hawaii, taking an island hop cruise on the stunning NCL ‘Pride of America’.

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THE GRANGE Celebrates Opening New State-Of-The-Art Facilities

The NSW South Coast’s leading golf and event facility, The Grange, announced the opening of its new clubhouse and the completion of the second phase of its transformation on 22nd September 2016.


he completely refurbished facility features a brand new golfers lounge, bar, cafe, brasserie, pro shop, gaming room, golfer amenities, function area, executive bridal suite and terrace. Gary Tozer, Club President of Dapto Leagues Club and The Grange, said, “We are committed to delivering a state-of-theart golf course and facilities for the benefit and enjoyment of the local community in Dapto and the Illawarra region. With a host of weddings and corporate events already locked in, our new events space has been well received by members and the community, so I’d encourage you to come down and see the new country club-style venue for yourself." David Hiscox, CEO of Dapto Leagues Club and The Grange, added, “Since January of this year, we have announced the $7 million transformation of The Grange; partnered with international golfing management leaders, Troon; appointed a new Golf Operations Manager, Scott McCaw; and now completed our clubhouse. We’ve leveraged our experience in transforming Dapto Leagues Club and are very pleased with what we have achieved so far. With Scott now on board, we look forward to making more announcements on the redesign of the course to ensure The Grange remains the most exciting golf attraction in the South Coast for generations to come.” "Our Stage One development and management plans are now complete and our renewed focus on golf and events is easy to see in all aspects of the design and finish of the new clubhouse. The Grange is now at a completely new level,” continues David. “Donald Flanagan, Executive Chef at Dapto Leagues Club, has designed a sumptuous new menu in The Cafe & Brasserie for

members, guests and families to enjoy. In addition, Donald and his team have prepared a functions menu that is unrivalled in the space of weddings, social and corporate events.” “Ireland-born Donald has travelled the world, owning and running top restaurants in a long and storied career. Since commencing in 2015, Donald has created mouth-watering menus and driven a new standard of service quality at Dapto Leagues Club, which we are delighted to be bringing to The Grange as well.” Last week, Dapto Leagues Club was announced as a finalist in the 2016 Illawarra Business Awards Excellence in Customer Service category, while David Hiscox was announced as a finalist in the Business Leader category.

Outside the new club house pavillion. left to right: Scott McCaw, Grange Golf Manager, Bronwyn Newman, Gaming and Marketing Manager at Dapto Leagues & The Grange, David Hiscox, CEO of Dapto Leagues Club & The Grange. Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23


SHE LOVES GOLF, why wouldn't she?

Getting more women into playing golf has been proven a struggle for the golf industry. In November last year, New Zealand Golf launched the award winning initiative – She Loves Golf, in a bid to encourage women of all ages to give the sport a go, and to break down female’s perceived barriers to playing golf.


he wrongful reputation of golf being a sport exclusively for men is so entrenched that it has even led to the urban myth that the word golf was in fact an acronym for 'Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden'.

NZ Golf aimed to crush this long-standing notion by undertaking a national drive to promote the game. By engaging high profile female celebrities as key influential golf ambassadors, She Loves Golf introduced and welcomed young women into the sport in a non-intimidating environment, on and off the course. The organisation leveraged its relationship with the country’s prime golf asset, Lydia Ko, to further engage four other female celebs, (TV presenters: Amber Peebles, Toni Streets and Laura McGoldrick, and YouTube sensation Jamie Curry), all with a wide range of golfing skills and a large social media presence. “Research around the world highlights the female market as relatively untapped with a lot of opportunity for getting more girls involved in the game,” said NZ Golf Marketing Manager Jan Rowsell. “With the success and profile of Lydia Ko there was no better time to capitalise on this and encourage girls to give the game a go.”


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The limitations of a small promotional budget put an onus on NZ Golf to create a multi-platform approach, using primarily social media and user generated content to reach as many new prospective female golfer as possible during the campaign duration. The female ambassadors documented their golf journey of free golf lessons and visits to the driving range and golf courses with family and friends, profiling golf in a fun, social and youthful light. “Having key female personalities who everyday NZ women can identify with and relate to, be the ones to tell our story, provides an authentic voice and gives our key message integrity and realness, rather than it coming from the national body,” Rowsell explained. “Females perceive the game as boring, for old men and very unwelcoming being ridden with strictly enforced dress codes and many confusing rules and regulations. We need to change this to showcase golf as being welcoming and fun, a great game for life. “The audience was able to see these female role models naturally enjoying their experiences with golf.” The pilot program was launched as an ongoing initiative, with a nation-wide focus-month in November last year, supported

by pop-up activations, golf offers and programs. Across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, these events saw over 1,000 females interact with the sports and receiving useful information about clubs in their local area.

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The initiative managed to engage 73 golf courses New Zealand wide, with over 90 female specific events and programs delivered. She Loves Golf also provided clubs with posters and flyers promoting a relaxed set of rules to encourage a more fun and easy way to play the sport, and urged clubs to not enforce regulations of traditional golf attire, but welcome females to wear whatever they felt comfortable in. A whopping 90 per cent of the participating clubs reported that the campaign had been beneficial to their community, and 78 per cent claimed that She Loves Golf had successfully assisted in involving more female players in the sport. Golf clubs that extended the event to include other social components, such as nibbles and beverages of some kind, reported higher participation numbers and higher likelihood of on-going participation with the club, reinforcing the idea that golf is not just a sport, but also a social activity for women. A benchmark perception survey was undertaken ahead of the campaign, with follow-up results to be presented this year to help measure any variation in perception.

She Loves Golf won the Communication Excellence Award at the New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards in Wellington in April earlier this year, highlighting their innovative approach to growing the sport.



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Unafraid of mosquitos, capybaras, crocodiles or caimans, a star-studded field of women golfers left no doubt about the values of medals over money at the 2016 Olympic Golf tournament.

INBEE PARK Overcomes Injury and Expectations to Win GOLD in Rio By Karen Lunn ALPG


On an emotion charged Saturday morning in Rio, Korea's seven-time major champion Inbee Park overcame a chronic thumb injury and massive expectations from her homeland to claim the first Olympic Gold medal presented in Women’s Golf for 112 years.

nbee Park is a great champion, we have seen enough over the past 10 years to know that, but when she lifted her arms in triumph on the 18th green those of us who are used to watching her celebrate major championship victories with a wave of her arm could see how special this win was for her. Prior to Rio expectations from her homeland were high, perhaps at times overwhelming. There was talk of the South Korean team sweeping the podium, perhaps a ridiculous notion but one that nonetheless was not out of the realms of possibility given the quality of the team assembled in Rio. Olympic achievement tips any other athletic achievement in South Korea, a fact that all four players competing were more than aware of. Inbee’s journey to Rio had been very different to that of her three highly credentialed teammates, In Gee Chun, Amy Yang and Sei Young Kim. Even a few weeks before the Olympics began the recently crowned LPGA Hall of Famer was unsure if she would even be fit enough to make the long trip from Seoul to Rio. All season the former world number one had battled a left thumb injury which started pre-season and had lingered on


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all year. She tried to play through it, she had tried to rest, and she had tried a little bit of both. Inbee had not played in an LPGA event since the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in early June where she missed the cut. Just two weeks prior to Rio, she participated in a Korean LPGA event and missed the cut there, too. Things were not looking good, but one thing that players and fans alike have learned over the years is to never underestimate Inbee Park. On the eve of the Women’s Olympic Golf competition I managed to catch up with my cousin Brad Beecher who is Inbee’s long-time caddie, and hear about all she had been through the past few months. Apart from trying to get herself as fit as she possibly could, there had also been some pressure on her to give up her place in the team to someone who seemingly had a better chance of winning a medal for Korea. Some pundits had written that perhaps Inbee had been selfish for wanting to compete when obviously she had no chance of winning or perhaps even competing in Rio! Why would she bother playing many had asked?

Brad told me that Inbee was about 80% fit, but that she was obviously lacking in “match practice”. She had not completed a four-round tournament in more than 2 months. I asked Brad if he thought that Inbee could realistically compete for a medal given her preparation, to which he replied “I really don’t know, but she thinks she can so that’s good enough for me” Inbee echoed those comments in her pre-tournament press conference when she said that she had enough game to win over the tricky Barra da Tijuca layout, which required precision and accuracy rather than brute strength and power. After four days of golf, played under the most intense pressure, Inbee Park did what she came to Rio to do, earning not just any medal, but the ultimate, the gold medal. Remarkably, after having not shot a round in the 60s since April, Inbee achieved this feat three times in Rio. She got into contention the first day of the competition and barely wavered. For a moment on Saturday, things got a bit dicey when Inbee bogeyed the 10th hole to see her lead shrink to just 3 shots, but she was never really challenged over the back nine and cruised to a 5 shot victory. In her press conference, a clearly overwhelmed Inbee said "This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and whole life, it feels great. Obviously representing your country, winning the gold, it's so special. It's just really all I've wanted, I'm just happy.” Winning gold was 'definitely at the top' of her already glittering career "I've won majors, but I haven't won a gold medal…There's nothing I would want to change."

Whether the pressure will let up at home in Korea on Inbee and the other Korean players is doubtful. The game of golf in Korea is virtually an obsession, especially when it comes to the women. It all began with the success of Se Ri Pak, who was team leader in Rio for the South Korean women. When Inbee won the 1998 U.S. Women's Open and embarked on her own Hall of Fame career, she sparked a surge in golf interest which has never subsided. New Zealand's world No1. Lydia Ko, who took the silver medal was equally as thrilled to be on the podium in Rio. The 19-yearold world number 1 said that she had been dreaming about this moment since golf had been announced as an Olympic sport in 2009. 'I'm never going to take it off,' Lydia said of her medal. 'I might have to shower with it. I know it doesn't rust.' The super impressive young Kiwi didn't make many putts in the final round of the Women's Olympic golf tournament, but she did make the one that counted with the silver medal on the line and celebrated as if she herself had won gold. Shanshan Feng from China took the bronze medal which could in the long term have massive implications for our sport. Of China's 1.4 billion people, turning just 1 percent into golfers would bring 14 million more people into the game. At 2 percent, well, we start to get the picture! The women's endorsement of the Olympic tournament, with nine of the current world top 10 taking part, set a great example for the men and hopefully should add to the impetus to maintain golf's place in the games beyond Tokyo 2020. Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23


Australia's team leader and 1991 British Open Champion Ian Baker-Finch was full of praise for the women's commitment “I would definitely say golf deserves to be here, and I think the women have done a great job of not only supporting it but embracing it," Baker-Finch said. "The men will do better next time, having now seen how good it was this time. I would be saying, 'Please keep it in’. There are so many people here involved in the world of golf here, I am sure there will be a lot of note-taking and discussion about what's going to happen. Hopefully they can meld into the IOC more of a golf mentality." Australians Minjee Lee and Su Oh both revelled in their Olympic experience and were disappointed to walk away empty handed. During the week I managed to watch a fair bit of both Minjee and Su play and they both played fantastic golf from tee to green all week. With a bit of luck and a few more putts holed at crucial times either of them could have walked away with a medal. Minjee shot a superb final round 67 to finish at 8 under par in a tie for 7th place, just 2 shots behind bronze medallist Shanshan Feng, and said after that the pressure she felt was different to that of a regular tournament "Normally you're just playing for yourself. It's a different sort of pressure when you're playing for your country” As the young Western Australian watched Inbee, Lydia and Shanshan collect their medals she was clearly moved “I will be in Tokyo in 4 years’ time, I want one of those medals” Su Oh, who was moving into contention for a medal on Saturday before double-bogeying the 13th hole said she was surprised by how emotional she became after she realised she was going to walk away with a medal, “But the fact that I can call myself


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an Olympian now is really special. Before I came, I thought I'd play like it was any other tournament, but when I got to the village and saw the other athletes, I realised it was not just another tournament. Next time I want to come to the opening ceremony. I'm pretty bummed that I missed it". Su played her way into the Australian team at the expense of her mentor, ALPG legend Karrie Webb. Karrie showed her class by sending the young Victorian who she considers a close friend a message the night before the tournament. "She told me to have fun this week and get a medal, I did the first bit right." Su eventually finished in equal 13th position on five under par. Let’s all hope that the IOC consider golf as successful as all of the competitors and fans in Rio did!



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Indian teenager Aditi Ashok confirmed her star status by registering her second straight victory on the Ladies European Tour at the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, just a fortnight after claiming her maiden win at the Hero Women’s Indian Open on 26 November 2016, Doha, Qatar.


he 18-year-old rookie professional from Bangalore shot a final round of three-under-par 69 on a weather-disrupted last day at Doha Golf Club for a total of 15-under-par and a three stroke win over Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall. “It’s been a great few weeks. I won my home event in the Indian Open, which was my first win. To win back to back events feels really good,” said Aditi, the LET’s leading rookie professional. She started the final round tied for the lead with Nanna Koerstz Madsen but quickly gained a one stroke advantage when the Dane birdied the second hole, maintaining her lead as play was suspended at 12.09pm due to thunder and lightning on the course. “It was really difficult at the start because of the rain. Then we stopped for more than an hour and a half and when we got back it was really windy, so that was difficult, but I guess it was the same


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for everybody. I was trying to hit greens and make pars,” she said. After a pair of birdies from Aditi, followed by a double-bogey from Nanna on the ninth, the young Indian talent had reached 14-under with a three stroke cushion through the turn. “I think I was playing well through the front nine and got a couple of birdies on seven and eight. After that, I created quite a few chances on the par-5 ninth and tenth. Then, I was short on 14. I did create enough birdie chances but I wasn’t making any. Finally I was able to birdie 16. My goal was to be error free and I made a bogey on 17 but I played consistently well for the most part and made a birdie on 18,” Ashok said.  “The first win was special, because I won in India, but I felt I played really well here and had to play well every day and shoot sub-par rounds. I think my game was better this week and obviously to win in the Qatar, the golf course is the same as the men’s, so I know

it’s challenging and to win here feels good.” At 13-under after 17 holes, joint runner-up Carolyn had the opportunity to force a play-off but bogeyed the long 18th. “I still felt far behind but I had a shot on the last. It was unfortunate that my second shot ended up in the bunker, because it was so wet in there so it was hard to get out. I gave it a go and I’m really happy with five-under today and second place,” said the Swedish Solheim Cup star. Meanwhile the halfway leader Lydia was rejuvenated by the weather delay. She said: “Yesterday was a little bit tough with the putter and again, to start off today, it was a bit rusty, but I got it going after the break and I’m really pleased.” Nanna ended in fourth place on 11-under-par, with Annabel Dimmock in fifth and Nicole Garcia in sixth. Georgia Hall and Becky Morgan were joint seventh, with five further players tied for ninth. The Qatar Ladies Open was the first ever women’s professional golf tournament in the country and was part of the Ladies European Tour’s new Middle East Series, incorporating events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Aditi with LET CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh and bin Qassim Al Thani

Lydia Hall

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ADITI ASHOK becomes Home Heroine at Hero Women’s Indian Open

Indian teenager Aditi Ashok fired a spectacular second round of three-under-par 69 on the extremely challenging Gary Player Course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon to take a two stroke lead into the final round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open, then carded an even par 72 on the final day to win on on November 12th 2016.


ith a 36-hole total of three-under-par, the 18-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie professional from Bangalore was two clear of Belen Mozo from Spain, Austrian Christine Wolf and the defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen from Denmark. Aditi, who won the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School in December and represented her country at the Olympic Games in August, has now become the first Indian player to win on the Ladies European Tour and not only that, on one of the toughest courses on the circuit and in her home country.

firing five birdies on the back nine to become the first Indian player to lead on the LET. She started with a birdie on the second hole, but bogeyed the sixth and then double bogeyed the ninth after hitting her second shot into the lake protecting the green. She then birdied holes 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18 for a back nine of 31.

Her superstar status is sealed in India, where women’s golf is fairly new, this being the 10th edition of the championship. Indian players have contended on numerous occasions and Aditi herself finished tied for eighth as an amateur in the tournament in 2012.

“I was really sharp on the back nine,” Aditi said. “I hit all nine greens, so I had a lot of chances for birdie and I made five of them. It could have been better on the front nine, because I had a double bogey on the ninth with my 50 degree, but I was in the wrong spot off the tee and it’s tough to hit that pin from the rough. I missed a few putts on the front nine and some short birdie putts but I made up for it on the back nine. I’ve got more comfortable over the week, from all the practise rounds, so I think it’s much better and the greens are softer than last year.”

This is her sixth appearance in the event, but her first as a professional and after opening with a level par 72 on Friday, she played the front nine in two-over on Saturday afternoon, before

When asked about her approach to the final round, she added “I’ve made enough birdies in both of the rounds so I’m going to focus on not dropping any shots.”


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First round co-leader Christine Wolf needed a birdie on her final hole, the ninth, to tie for the lead after three rounds, but dropped a shot for a 73. She said: “I gave myself some chances but unfortunately didn’t make any of them. There were some birdies out there, but anything can happen on this course so we’ll see on this course, anything can happen tomorrow. I’m going to try to have fun.” Meanwhile Kristine Pedersen, who led wire-to-wire to win last year, had a 72 and Mozo, whose brother Jesus was caddying for Aditi in the same group, had a secondround 70. There were three players a stroke further back on level par who are just three strokes from the lead – Kiran Matharu, who was looking for a top three position to secure her LET card for 2017, first round co-leader Anne-Lise Caudal, who has two wins on the LET and Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul. Fellow Thai player Supamas Sangchan, who won the Sanya Ladies Open a fortnight ago, was sharing eighth place on one-overpar with Malene Jorgensen and Brittany Lincicome but it was Aditi who carried the hopes of the home nation in the final round. The day saw leads shift hands on multiple occasions, Aditi held her nerve to get the better of American Brittany Lincicome and Spain's Belen Mozo by one stroke.

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Ice Maiden

OLAFIA KRISTINSDOTTIR Stays Cool in the Desert

Ladies European Tour rookie professional Olafia Kristinsdottir from Iceland fired an opening round of seven-under-par 65 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on Wednesday to take a one stroke lead at the inaugural Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi on November 2nd.


he 24-year-old from Reykjavik made eight birdies and one bogey in the desert heat and dedicated her best round on tour to her late aunt, Kristinn Kristinsson, who died of cancer on Tuesday. “It was a great round. I was feeling a bit blue today because yesterday my aunt passed away so I think today’s round was for her,” said a tearful Olafia, whose best finish so far this year was a tie for 16th at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Pilsen. The four players a stroke behind on six-under-par include fellow rookie Olivia Cowan from Germany, Australian Sarah Kemp, Minea Blomqvist of Finland and Beth Allen of the United States, who is chasing the 2016 LET Order of Merit title.

is here. It’s definitely one of my favourite places. I’ve played Saadiyat Beach before at around this time last year. We came here with the national team.” Sarah, whose best finish on the LET this year was a tie for 10th in New Zealand, is enjoying her first trip to Abu Dhabi and said: “The tournament’s great and the course is awesome. The event so far has been really good and all the girls are really happy. Today’s round was nice and solid. I hit the fairways and 16 greens and had 29 putts. I holed a few good birdie putts and my putter was behaving nicely.”

Second ranked Beth, who claimed her second LET title at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France last month, needs a third place finish this week to overtake the 2015 winner Shanshan Feng and the 34-year-old Californian said: “It’s on my mind, but I’m trying to do what I’ve been doing all year. I really like this golf course and I liked it the first time I saw it, so I’m happy that I played well.” Olivia, a three-time winner on the LET Access Series, is also hitting form after a fourth place finish in the Sanya Ladies Open in China at the weekend. “I’ve had three weeks in China now, practising every day, playing every day, and I think I’m in tournament mode,” said the 20-year-old from Hamburg. “I love coming here, especially because one of my sponsors


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Minnea Blomqvist of Finland during the final round

Finland’s Minea Blomqvist was tied for the lead with a hole to play but bogeyed the 18th to slip a stroke behind. Nevertheless, hers was the best score of the afternoon and she said: “I’m very happy with this round. I was very calm and enjoying it. I had a Finnish guy caddying for me that I met this morning and we had a nice day together. I was a little nervous at the end but I tried to stay in the present and focus on my swing.” A stroke further back in a share of sixth place are Austrian Christine Wolf, Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and Isi Gabsa of Germany. Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera, England’s Holly Clyburn and Malene Jorgensen are tied for ninth place on fourunder-par in the inaugural event, which concludes on Saturday. Beth Allen fired a blistering 64 final round to win from England's Georgia Hall with Melissa Reid and Sarah Kemp one shot back tied for third.

Sarah Kemp of Australia during the final round

Amy Boulden, Carly Booth, Annika Sorenstam, Aditi Ashok, and Belen Mozo during a photocall on the 17th hole with Falcons

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BETH'S HOT STREAK continues in Abu Dhabi

Beth Allen of the United States claimed her third Ladies European Tour title at the inaugural Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi on November 5th, 2016


eth equalled the course record with a scorching final round of eight-under-par 64 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and with three other rounds in the 60s, the 34-year-old Californian ended with a 72-hole total of 21-under-par to end three strokes clear of overnight leader Georgia Hall (69). Fellow Englishwoman Melissa Reid had a 68 to tie for third place with Australian Sarah Kemp (69) while another impressive Californian, the 18-year-old rookie Angel Yin, tied for fifth with Sweden’s Jessica Karlsson and Scotland’s Vikki Laing. Beth cemented back-to-back wins on the LET and her second title in the space of two months following her success at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in early September. Prior to that, she finished second at the Spanish Open. She now has two wins and five further top 10 finishes from 14 starts on the LET in 2016. With her prize winnings of 74,323.42 euros, Beth moved almost 50,000 euros ahead of Shanshan Feng on the Order of Merit, with three ranking tournaments remaining.


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“This is really special. It’s so amazing to win an event that’s taking place for the first time, especially in a place like this that is supporting women in sports. I’m just really happy that I got it done,” said Beth. “Obviously I’ve been playing really well and when I got done yesterday I felt really good and I knew I could do it, so I just tried to make as many birdies as I could today and turns out I made nine! I’m so pleased. “I really want to win the order of merit and I certainly think today helped. I love this course. I immediately thought, ‘wow’, I think I can shoot some low numbers around here. The course is fantastic and we’ve been treated so well. I was feeling really relaxed and having such a great week. It really helped me play well. I’ll certainly be coming back over and over and over.” After starting the last day two strokes adrift, Beth made a fast start and caught Hall with birdies at the second and fourth holes. She fired four straight birdies from the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to break away from the overnight leader and Hall gained a two stroke advantage after Beth bogeyed the 13th hole.

Georgia Hall

However, coming down the stretch, Georgia stumbled with bogeys on the 14th and 16th while Beth made three straight birdies from the 15th. Georgia, who felt sick before the round, said afterwards: “I played really well on the front nine and got to five-under but one of my bogeys was a bad mistake. The other one wasn’t bad, I was trying to carry the bunker and I hit my drive so low that it plugged into it when it came down, so that was another bogey. Without them, I probably could have caught Beth but I had no idea what score she was on.” Melissa had a frustrating day on the greens and said: “I didn’t get any breaks today at all. I felt I hit a lot of good putts that didn’t go in but at the start of the week, I didn’t feel 100 per

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cent comfortable with my swing. I probably would have taken this but when you get within touching distance it’s a tough one to take. Fair play to Beth. Shooting eight-under is an incredible score and she’s just on fire at the minute.” Meanwhile, Icelandic rookie Olafia Kristinsdottir, who opened with rounds of 65 and 66, closed with rounds of 74 and 76 to slip back into a tie for 26th position. She said: “It’s a very valuable experience. I’ve never been in this position before so next time I’ll do it better. I’m hoping that India won’t be my last tournament and I’m really crossing my fingers for an invitation to Dubai.” For scores visit

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An Eagle Propels

SUPAMAS to Victory in Sanya

Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan came from two strokes back to capture her first Ladies European Tour trophy at the Sanya Ladies Open in China on Saturday 29th October 2016


he 20-year-old second year China LPGA Tour player from Bangkok fired a final round of 68 to finish with a 54-hole total of eight-under-par and edge Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall by a shot. Amelia Lewis of the United States tied for third place with China’s Yuting Shi on six-under-par and rookie professional Olivia Cowan of Germany finished two strokes further behind in fourth. Supamas held firm in the strong breeze, gusting at 35 miles per hour, to register her second professional victory, following a maiden win on the Thai LPGA last summer.

“I’m very happy with my score today. I had a lucky shot on the ninth. The third shot went in the hole and I got an eagle,” she said. At the 525-yard par-5 ninth, she holed her approach shot from 50 yards using a 60 degree wedge, having holed almost the same shot from 63 yards for eagle using a 56 degree wedge in the first round. With her eagle, she caught the early front-runner Caroline Hedwall at seven-under through the turn. Although Caroline

raced three ahead after 12 holes, Supamas caught her at eight-under after 16 holes. Caroline then dropped a shot on the treacherous par-4 17th, flanked by trees to the left and a lake to the right. She had to chip out to the fairway and left her par putt in the jaws of the hole. Needing a birdie at the last to force a play-off, her putt from 20 feet ended just right of the hole. “It was really tough today and I played awesome on the front nine and could have been a couple more under. On the back nine I just didn’t have the margins on my side and struggled with the tee shot on 17,” Caroline said. “I had a decent par chance and it stopped on the edge of the hole and I didn’t make the birdie putt on 18. It was hard from the rough and I played a decent shot but it released a little too much. You need a little luck to make a putt like that.” Supamas wore a black ribbon on her cap throughout the tournament and said that she wanted to bring the trophy home to honour the late King of Thailand. For final scores visit : leaderboard/

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MINJEE LEE wins her third LPGA Title

Minjee Lee claimed her third LPGA victory in style at the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island in China, on 20th-23rd October.


he 20-year-old began the final round tied for the lead with 2012 ISPS Handa Women's Open Champion Jessica Korda and played near-flawless golf to card a final round of 70. The young West Australian was made to work for the victory with Jessica and world No. 2 Thai superstar Ariya Jutanugarn pushing her all the way.

under par, one shot clear of Jessica.

Minjee who had led by 6 shots heading into the weekend got off to the perfect start snatching the outright lead from Jessica courtesy of a chip at the par-four first hole, and continued to look confident as she headed into the back nine with a threeshot lead.

Jessica ensured that the pressure remained on Minjee, hitting a superb tee shot which ensured that she could reach the par 5 in two. The Australian responded predictably with a safe tee shot into the semi-rough on the right. From a tough lie Minjee hit a great second shot which finished just short of the green, while Jessica, with nothing to lose hit a superb second to the back fringe of the green to give herself a chance of eagle.

Minjee showed no signs of wavering and looked as solid as a rock on the tough stretch from 10 through 16, and with a two-stroke lead and just two holes left to play it seemed that she would stroll to her third LPGA victory. However, golf is rarely this predictable and there would prove to be another twist to this tale. All three players hit the green in regulation at the difficult par 3 17th hole, with Minjee knocking her long birdie attempt two metres past the hole. Ariya, who has five LPGA wins to her credit in 2016 was looking for an opportunity to make up ground on the world number one Lydia Ko who had taken the week off, holed from 8 metres for a birdie to put the pressure back on Minjee. The 20-year old would miss her par putt and the two headed to par 5 18th tee tied at 11

The drama however would prove to be far from over. Ariya strode confidently to the tee and proceeded to pull her normally reliable three-wood into the water on the left, just as she had done at the final hole at the ANA Inspiration in April this year when leading.

Jessica short game is up there with the very best on the LPGA and she showed this once again under pressure, pitching to within a metre of the hole. Jessica would miss her eagle chance to leave Minjee with centre stage. She made no mistake and raised her arms in relief as she holed her putt and celebrated her third LPGA title. "I think my heart was, like, coming out of my chest,'' said the young woman from Perth after rounds of 65-67-73-70 to finish 13-under. "Actually even on that last putt. I was a little nervous all day, actually. I had to really work for this win. I'm glad I came out on top. They're great competitors" Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23


ANNE VAN DAM wins Xiamen International Ladies Open


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Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands outlasted local star Yuting Shi in an enthralling final round duel to earn her first Ladies European Tour title at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China on October 16th 2016.


nne, 21, from Arnhem, fired rounds of 70, 66, 67 and 68 to end on 17-under-par and one stroke ahead of Yuting, who bogeyed the final hole at Orient Golf Club.

could not have been any better and she said: “It’s a big boost. I mean, it’s my second year on tour and so far I didn’t reach my potential at all, so it’s pretty sweet to get this win.”

The pair started the final round, played in hot and humid conditions, tied for the lead on 13-under-par before Anne took control with a birdie on the second hole.

She added: “I’m just glad I stayed so patient out there today. On the sixth hole I made a bogey and from there I just made pars all the way in. I hit really good shots but my putting was not there yet. I said to myself, stay patient, because you never know what can happen. I mean, 16, 17, were absolutely crazy. On 16, I had a perfect distance for my gap wedge. I just looked at the pin and wanted to hole that shot. From the first hole, I pretty much just tried to hole every approach shot into the green.”

The tall and long-hitting Dutchwoman went two strokes ahead with an eagle at the par-5 fourth hole, but there was a two shot swing at the sixth, which Anne bogeyed and Yuting birdied, before the diminutive Yuting took the lead with a birdie on the seventh hole. The 18-year-old Yuting from Beijing, then bogeyed the 10th, but quickly recovered with a birdie at the 11th. Anne missed a great opportunity on the 14th but levelled the scores when she made a 40cm birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole. Drama ensued at the 17th when Anne drove left onto the 18th fairway, but she hit an excellent recovery shot and matched Shi with a birdie. The pair remained tied coming to the 18th tee, but Yuting’s drive hit a tree and bounced back 30 yards down the fairway, meaning that she could not reach the green in regulation and took a pitch and two putts for bogey. Anne was able to make two putts from the back of the green for par to seal the victory, worth €45,000, in the event which was almost cancelled three weeks earlier due to a huge typhoon. The players donated 10 per cent of their earnings to local relief efforts and the greenkeepers worked overtime to ensure that the course was in championship condition. For Anne, it

When asked if she felt nervous, she replied: “I have to say, today was pretty good. It was just the last putt: you could feel everything going nuts. It was so short, it was just straight back and straight through and in the hole.” Runner-up Yuting felt that the 18th hole had been ‘bad luck’ and said: “I tried my best with every single shot at the last hole, but it didn’t work out.” Thailand’s Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras finished in third place on 14-under and Amelia Lewis of the United States was fourth. In a tie for fifth with Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan and YuJu Chen of Chinese Taipei, Lydia Hall from Wales registered her best finish on the LET since her victory at the 2012 ISPS HANDA Ladies British Masters. Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey and Malene Jorgensen of Denmark shared eighth place with Indian rookie Aditi Ashok, who recorded her fourth straight top-10 finish on the LET.

Yuting Shi rides her birdie putt on the 17th.

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AZAHARA MUÑOZ Makes History at Home Open

Home favourite Azahara Muñoz pipped Beth Allen at the final hole to become the first Spanish winner in the history of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino, playing virtually in her own back garden on September 25th 2016.


zahara fired rounds of 72, 66, 70 and 70 to end with a 72-hole total of 10-under-par and finish one stroke clear of Beth at the gorgeous Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, just a month after becoming the first Spanish woman to tee off in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Fighting back tears and almost overcome with emotion, Azahara said: “It’s amazing. A victory is always a victory and it’s nice but winning at home is incredible. You know, having everyone here, my family, my friends, I can’t even describe it.” The 28-year-old, from the nearby town of San Pedro Alcántara, just 10 minutes away from the golf club, claimed her fourth Ladies European Tour title in front of a large gallery of spectators including her parents, friends and family. “It means everything. I love playing at home and finally we got this tournament back and hopefully for many more years. To be able to play here and just sleep at home, it’s amazing. It’s been a hard week and at the beginning of the week I was so stressed out and so anxious and finally, when I got to the first tee on Thursday, I felt so much better. It is amazing to win in front of everybody and so many people came out, so I’m really grateful to them.” Azahara started the final day one stroke behind Beth but the Scotland-based American had built a three stroke lead after as many birdies in seven holes. Beth made an error on the short eighth but quickly recovered with a birdie at the ninth to take a three stroke advantage though the turn.


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Although Azahara birdied the third, her putter went cold as she made a run of 10 straight pars but her patience paid off after Beth carded back to back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes. Azahara made a crucial birdie putt on the 14th to tie for the lead but then bogeyed 15 to drop one behind again, before rolling in a monster birdie putt from eight metres on the par-3 17th to put Beth under pressure coming to the last hole. From the 18th tee, Beth pulled her shot left into the lake and was forced to take a drop, playing her third shot up to the green. Azahara played her approach shot from the right hand rough up to around two metres from the pin. After Beth’s putt for par raced past the hole, Azahara had the luxury of two putts for the victory, but it was a modest celebration. She said afterwards: “I had so many opportunities and I hit so many putts that didn’t go in, but I kept telling myself, if I keep patient, it might happen and if I lose it, then it definitely won’t happen. I kept it together and finally I made such a good putt on the 17th and it’s funny because I had a similar putt that I made in Chantaco a few years ago and I thought about it and told myself, ‘You made this one before,’ and I did.” Beth looked as though she was on cruise control as she went out in 33 but the momentum changed at the treacherous par4 12th, where she hit her second shot from the rough into the lake, ultimately coming home in 39. She said: “Obviously I’m super disappointed, especially having had a three shot lead

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going into the back nine. I just didn’t play very well on the back nine and she did, so it’s fine. It’s second but it’s not the outcome I wanted.” There was plenty of drama on the 18th hole as moments earlier, England’s Sophie Walker holed her second shot for eagle from 138 yards using a ‘little’ 7-iron to vault into a share of third position with compatriot Georgia Hall, followed by fellow Englishwoman Florentyna Parker in solo fifth place. Parker birdied two of the last three holes, with fellow LET player Ellie Givens caddying over the weekend. Sophie said: “The aim of the game is to get it in the hole, but you never fully expect it. I heard some ‘oohs’ and then I heard the crowd really scream. It’s just an amazing feeling and you can’t think of any better way to finish an event, on the 72nd hole, holing out for eagle. It was probably the best shot I’ve ever hit.” Aditi Ashok from India finished in solo sixth place on threeunder-par to record her career best finish while fellow LET rookie Olivia Cowan of Germany ended a stroke back in seventh. England’s Holly Clyburn, Italian Diana Luna and Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark shared eighth on level par. The Winners; Tied 3rd place, Georgia Hall and Sophie Walker, Azahara Munoz, and 2nd place Beth Allen

Azahara Munoz of Spain thanks the gallery as she holes the winning putt during the final round

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f you stray off the fairways, the Golf Course can be very unforgiving and challenging so you need to balance the requirement for power and distance against the need for accuracy and control due to the unforgiving nature of the rough and several narrow fairways. The Golf Course is suitable for golfers of all skill levels. There is a fleet of motorised golf carts that can be hired or if you prefer to walk the course it is a leisurely stroll. The Club is also a popular venue for Corporate Golf, hosting up to 100 corporate events a year.

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IN GEE CHUN Makes History at Evian Championships


South Korea’s In Gee Chun made history by setting a new all-time Major record at 21-under-par 263 for 72 holes in the fourth edition of the Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on September 18th 2016.

ith a two-under 69 on the Sunday, In Gee bettered the all-time scoring record of 20-under-par set by Jason Day at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was matched by Henrik Stenson in The Open Championship at Royal Troon this year. With a four stroke victory over fellow South Koreans Ryu So Yeon (66) and Park Sun Hyun (69), In Gee earned her second Major title following the 2015 US Women’s Open. She had previously earned nine wins of the Korean LPGA and two more on the LPGA of Japan tour. Starting the final round in heavy rain, In Gee began four strokes clear of Park and stretched that to six shots after birdies on the par-4 third and par-3 eighth holes. After turning in 33 with a five stroke cushion, she made four straight pars and bogeyed the short 14th before recovering with a tap-in birdie on the long 15th. Three pars to finish were enough to establish a new record, but it wasn’t easy. In Gee hit her tee shot left off the 18th tee into thick rough and after taking out a wood, her caddie David Jones persuaded her to lay up with a wedge to avoid the water. She hit her third shot from 95 yards to around 10 feet from the hole and rolled it in for par, before raising her hands into the air. The icing on the cake, In Gee beats all the score records in Grand Slam history – on both the men's and women's tours – with an aggregate score of 263, 21 under par (the previous


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record of 267 dated back to 1992, and last year Inbee Park reached 19 under par at the PGA Championship). The smiling, approachable young champion, always happy to sign dozens of autographs and take tons of selfies with fans grouping round the 18th green, portrays the image of a perfect young woman. And there's no question about her technical qualities, her swing of great purity and textbook rhythm. It's an all-Korean podium at the 23rd Evian Championship. In Gee became the fifth South Korean winner from the first 12 tournaments on the 2016 Ladies European Tour schedule, joining Jiyai Shin (RACV Ladies Masters), Jung Min Lee (World Ladies Championship), Inbee Park (Olympic golf competition) and In-Kyung Kim (ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters) and the eighth winner from the continent of Asia overall. China’s Olympic bronze medallist Feng Shanshan finished fourth, with South Korean Kim Sei Young in fifth and the previous week’s ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters champion Kim In-Kyung in sixth. Angela Stanford of the United States finished eighth, a stroke ahead of and Nomura Haru from Japan. The recent Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn tied for ninth, enabling the 2015 Evian Championship winner Lydia Ko to claim the Rolex Annika Major Award as the most consistent performer across the five women’s majors in 2016. Lydia signed off with a 73 to share 43rd position.

In Gee Chun of Korea celebrates her win during the final round, and The Evian Championship Trophy

Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England was the top ranked European player in a tie for 12th position on five-under with last year’s Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark tied for 14th, which was her best finish in a Major. Emily Kristine said: “Today was really good. My ball striking wasn’t good, driving was better today but it was really tough the first 13 holes because it was pouring down. I’m really happy

with the way I handled myself and the way I finished.” It was Emily Kristine’s third straight appearance in The Evian Championship and she has improved steadily each year since first playing as an amateur in 2014. Meanwhile, this was Chun’s second appearance after she missed the cut in 2015 and she became the second South Korean player to win the event as a major championship following Kim Hyo Joo in 2014.

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Claims Victory at Lacoste Ladies Open Beth Allen reversed a four stroke deficit with nine holes to play to claim a decisive victory at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France from September 15th to 18th.


fter knocking at the door all season, the 34-year-old Californian fired rounds of 64, 67, 68 and 67 for a total of 14-under-par 266 to earn her second title on the Ladies European Tour following the 2015 ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Beth found her groove with two birdies and an eagle on the back nine at Golf de Chantaco to end four clear of Florentyna Parker and overnight leader Diana Luna. One ahead going into the final round, Diana was four strokes ahead at the turn but came home in four-over 39. Beth played the front nine in one-over 36 and birdied the 10th hole but went one ahead after Diana triple bogeyed the treacherous par4 11th, which played as the most difficult hole on the course all week due to its severely sloping green, from back to front. Beth moved two ahead after Diana three-putted the 14th and she then soared three clear after making a short eagle putt on the long 15th. Diana bogeyed 16 to fall four behind, but all three players holed monster birdie putts on the 18th, Beth from 21 feet. Beth said: “It feels so great. The first time I won it was from quite far back so I had to wait, but it was really great to win in the last group.” She added: “The 11th hole is always on everyone’s mind and I have played it in one-under this week, which is kind of incredible. I probably won it there really, because I know a lot of people had a lot of nightmares there. I knew I needed to stay patient. I wasn’t happy with my first nine but I knew that if I could stay patient around that area I could have a chance.


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In the end, I did.” Florentyna, who also had a final round of 67, commented: “I’m pleased with my last round: three under was good. I never really got it going but I’ll take it. The last few holes were solid and I holed a few putts. I was the bridesmaid and I was just observing and watching. After Diana had the birdie on 11 it kind of brought me back into the game. I realised that and birdied 12, which was good, but Beth’s eagle made me realise I wasn’t going to win. I was looking for second place.” Diana signed for a final round of two-over-par 72 to claim her fourth runner-up spot in the event, going back to 2010. She said: “I hit three bad drivers and I paid for them very dearly: that happens in golf. Second place is still good playing and I made my putt on 18, which was not a gimme. It was a huge putt to be second as well, because I knew that Florentyna was going to make it. Of course I’m disappointed because I was four shots ahead and I dropped them all. This happens, especially on this course.” Georgia Hall finished alone in fourth place on eight-under-par after a final round of 64 and fellow Britons Melissa Reid, Sally Watson and Amy Boulden shared fifth with Malene Jorgensen from Demark. The recent Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open winner Isabelle Boineau was the leading French player in ninth place, while rookie professional Aditi Ashok from India posted her third straight top-10 finish as she tied with Alexandra Vilatte Farret one spot back.


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MEGHAN WINS Santander Golf Tour LETAS La Peñaza

English amateur Meghan MacLaren shot an impressive six under par on the final day, to win the Santander Golf Tour LETAS La Peñaza in Zaragoza, Spain on October 22nd 2016


he 22 year-old from Cambridge improved each round, with 69, 68 and 66, to finish at -13, two ahead of Sarah Schober from Austria.

“I’m a little bit in shock. I felt comfortable out there, I knew that I just had to keep playing my own game because it was so tight between all of us. I knew we were all close but I wasn’t a 100% sure on the scores. But I said to myself anyway after the first round that I just wanted to keep improving each day and I knew if I did that I would have a chance.” “It took me a little while to make any birdies this morning but I knew if I could just keep my rhythm and not make any mistakes and I putted really, really well. I felt like I had really good rhythm on the greens. I missed one short one on 12, the par three, but I made birdie on the hole after that so that settled me down again. I just kept in control as much as I could but it was pretty tense out there.” It was Meghan’s second event on the LET Access Series, her first was two weeks ago in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa, where the young amateur finished in a tie for 10th place. Meghan has relished the opportunity to compete against a professional field. “It’s great experience whether I had done well or not, being able to play in professional events is something no matter how good


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amateur events are there’s nothing like playing professional events, which is what I realised last week as well, at Stoke by Nayland. I played well there with a few mistakes and came 10th so I knew if I could just cut out the mistakes this week that I might have a chance and I knew the course suited me as soon as I played it. I don’t know it was just my week I guess, 66 is the best round of my life, I still can’t believe it.” Sarah clinched the LETAS Order of Merit title with another fine performance with a final round of 68 to finish at ten under par, 205. The Austrian has finished runner-up five times this year but was delighted to have claimed her LET card for the 2017 season. “I am very happy. Everything that comes from now, will be a great gift.” Belgium’s Manon de Roey finished in third place, on her own at -10 and guaranteed her place at the final stage of the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School in Morocco later this year. Scotland’s Michele Thomson (71), with her father Graham’s support as her caddy, finished in a tie for 4th place alongside Swede Jessica Karlsson (69), claiming fourth place on the Order of Merit and her passage to the LET next year. Jenny Haglund of Sweden, Spain’s Maria Parra and Finn Sanna Nuutinen will all also graduate onto the main tour, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th on the LETAS ranking respectively.


wins second ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters title in three years In-Kyung Kim saved her best until last as she strolled to a five-shot victory in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Golf Club Hubbelrath in Düsseldorf, Germany on September 8th - 11th 2016


ne behind overnight, the 28-year-old South Korean closed with a bogey-free nine-under 63 - the best round of the week - to finish at 17-under par. The world number 75 earned her second win in three appearances in the Ladies European Tour’s showcase event, albeit at two different venues. She previously won the title in 2014 at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England where she also shot a 63, in the third round. In-Kyung said “It’s a totally different feeling because then we played in England and now we’re playing in Germany. There is such a big Korean community in Germany because after the war a lot of people came for work and stayed here. It means a lot to be the only Korean in the field, so I wanted to play well, but you cannot force golf; it’s four rounds.” This was In-Kyung’s sixth career victory, and third on the Ladies European Tour, after her win in the 2009 Dubai Ladies Masters. She now intends to take up LET membership with a winner’s exemption category in 3a. However, Belen Mozo of Spain will have to wait for another week after returning a 69 for solo second. The 27-year-old from Cadiz aced the 13th hole in the final round, but missed out on winning an Omega watch, as it had already been claimed by Finland’s Noora Tamminen on the same hole earlier in the day. She said: “I wasn’t paying attention to the scores however I did glimpse the scoreboard on 12 and I saw In-Kyung minus 15. I knew she was a great player but I didn’t expect it.” Home heroine Sandra Gal tied for third with Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth, while South African Lee-Anne Pace was fifth and the

2015 champion Beth Allen of the United States tied for sixth with Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom. Burnett was joint second overnight but faded out of contention with a 78 for joint 20th place. It was In-Kyung in her 10th year as a professional, who called the shots almost at will in the final round, posting nine birdies in delightful conditions. In-Kyung picked up her first shot on the second hole and followed that with three birdies in a row from the fifth. After turning in four-under, she added another birdie at the 10th and picked up three more strokes from the 12th, finishing in style by sinking with a birdie putt of five-feet on the uphill par-4 18th. “I really wanted to shoot something lower than 63, because I have shot 63 before, but that is something I cannot control. I had a lot of chances today,” said In-Kyung, who enjoyed learning German and eating the local cuisine on her first visit to Germany. “I did my best on every shot from the first day and today it just kind of came together with some good putts. I had 26 putts today. Yesterday I hit the ball as well but the putts didn’t fall.” Camilla birdied the last three holes for a 67 and Sandra, who signed off with a 69, was happy with a tie for third, saying: “InKyung ran away with it today. We were battling against each other in the last group and didn’t see a leader board for several holes but when we did, she was already so far ahead that we didn’t have a chance.” Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord finished eighth while Aditi Ashok tied for ninth with fellow LET rookie Angel Yin of the United States and Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, which was the Indian rookie’s best finish this year on tour. Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23



Makes History as She Wins Ricoh Womens British Open Ariya Jutanugarn made history by becoming the first player from Thailand – male or female – to capture a Major Championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open held on the Marquess’ Course at the Woburn Golf and Country Club on July 28th to 30th 2016.


ith rounds of 65, 69, 66 and 72, the 20-year-old from Bangkok ended on a total of 16-under-par 272, three ahead of South Korean Mirim Lee and the 2014 champion Mo Martin from the United States.

into serious contention, Mirim’s drive on the 16th crashed into the trees, but both players escaped with pars. Ariya, then made a cracking birdie putt of around 20 feet, which slid from left to right, at the difficult par-3 17th.

Another former American champion, Stacy Lewis, finished in fourth position, with Scotland’s Catriona Matthew the leading Briton in a tie for fifth with South Korea’s Ha-Na Jang and Australian Karrie Webb.

A simple par on the last proved enough to secure a comfortable win and afterwards, Ariya, said: “I felt really stressed because I missed a lot of birdie putts today. I just wanted to make one. My goal was to win a Major, so I hope I can inspire some players in Thailand.”

The fair weather continued for the final round, which was played under sunny skies and attracted huge crowds of more than 50,000 for the championship. Ariya, who removed the driver from her bag for the week, began the final round with a two stroke lead over South Korean Mirim Lee and it looked set to become a procession after she increased her advantage to six strokes in as many holes. However, things became interesting down the stretch as her lead was cut to a stroke. Ariya, was in cruise control until she dropped a shot after finding sand on the ninth, yet after a tidy front nine of 35, she was still four ahead of Mo, who hit the turn in 34. Mirim, who opened the championship with a record-equalling 62, made an unimpressive start with three bogeys over her first nine but hit back with three straight birdies from the 10th, narrowing the gap to three strokes. When Ariya, air mailed the 13th with her second shot and her chip ran back across the green, another chip and two putts for a double bogey saw her lead was cut to one. Suddenly back


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A phenomenal natural talent, Ariya, showed huge promise from an early age. She first won on the Ladies European Tour as a 17-year-old rookie at the 2013 the Lalla Meryem Cup. At that stage, she looked ready to conquer the world, but a freak injury to her right shoulder when she stumbled off a tee box during the LPGA Championship meant that she couldn’t touch a club for eight months. When she returned, she wasn’t the same player and had to make some major adjustments to her swing. Now in her fourth year as a pro, she learned from the experience of letting the ANA Inspiration title slip away in April and went on to capture three straight titles on the LPGA in May. With this win, worth £310,838, she moved up to third in the world rankings. After this event, incredibly, the average age of female major winners this year now sits at 21.5 years of age and three of the season’s first four major winners have been aged 20 or younger. The fifth and final Major of 2016 was the Evian Championship in September.

ISABELLE BOINEAU Earns Maiden win in Scotland


Frenchwoman Isabelle Boineau claimed her first Ladies European Tour title in amazing fashion after she grabbed the lead with a hole to play at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on July 24th 2016.

n a day when the lead changed hands three times, the 27-year-old from Marseille crept up on long-time leader Linda Wessberg to win with a par on the par-5 18th at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire after the Swede’s four-foot birdie putt to tie rolled over the hole.

two ahead with a massive eagle putt on the fifth hole.

“What a tournament to win: the Scottish Open! I’m so happy and I want to thank my parents and my sponsors for encouraging me to play even when I didn’t want to. Today is just one of the best days of my life,” said Isabelle, who ended one clear of Linda on 11-under after a final round of 68, containing five birdies and a bogey.

“I played well all day, started off really well, but then didn’t really make any birdies and had a hard time hitting the fairway. The first cut is quite difficult when you’re trying to attack the pins. I misjudged my putt on 17 going up the hill and thought it was going to be slower with the rain,” said Linda, who finished second, one ahead of Beth Allen and Becky Morgan.

Buoyed by fond memories of playing at the venue as an 18-yearold in the 2007 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, in which she finished second, she was thrilled to have conquered the treacherous 18th, despite a nervous chip over the burn.

Beth needed a birdie on the last to tie for the lead but dropped a shot for a final round of 67. “The third shot was the shot I was trying to play. It was a really hard pin when you’re coming in with a long iron, like I had to. I hit 6-iron as well as I could and it didn’t go forward. I hit a chip shot which I thought was a safe one and I didn’t even hit that bad of a putt. I just got unlucky.”

“I was very nervous on the last. I was shaking but I didn’t want people to see,” said Isabelle a third year Ladies European Tour professional. “Hitting my rescue, I was so nervous, because I had memories from when I played in 2007 when I think I was in the lead as well. I pushed it because I got scared of the water and finished second, so I thought, ‘Don’t do the same.’ I had my friend, Alexis, on the bag, which helped, because when you’re nervous time can go so fast. The putt was still difficult but when Linda missed hers I felt some relief. I thought, at worst I’ll be in a playoff.” It was all change early on day three. Wales’ Becky Morgan started with a three stroke lead but there was a two shot swing on the first after Isabelle almost holed her approach shot for eagle. Linda then birdied the second and third before moving

Isabelle birdied the fifth and then the 12th but dropped a shot at the 13th before Linda made a clutch par putt on 16 to stay one ahead. Isabelle then holed from 10 feet on 17 to take the lead for the first time before Linda three putted.

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Earlier, Caroline Hedwall completed a course record final round of 64 and she ended in fifth place, earning one of three spots in the Ricoh Women’s British Open for the leading three players not already exempt, along with Gwladys Nocera and Isabella Ramsay.

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Ji Han Sol

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South Korea Dominates


World No.35 Lee Jung-Min of South Korea stormed to her eighth career title with a one stroke victory over compatriots Lee Seung-Hyun, Kim Bo-Kyung and Ji Han Sol in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills Resort Dongguan in China, finishing March 13th 2016.


espite dropping two strokes in the last three holes, eight birdies in a final round 66 was just enough for Lee to hold on as her closest challengers all blew their chances in damp and testing conditions on the Olazabal Course.

my best and I wasn’t in the leading group,” said Lee, 24, who earned three titles on the Korean LPGA Tour in 2015, having turned professional in 2009. “My main goal this year is to get my best ever score on the KLPGA Tour.”

It was a nerve biting finish as the clubhouse leader Lee dropped into a three-way share of the lead with namesake Lee and Ji at nine-under-par after making bogey on the final hole. She then watched as Lee then made the same mistake.

Lee completed nine holes of her third round earlier in the morning and started the final round three shots off the lead, but overtook her rivals with birdies on the third, fourth, sixth, ninth, 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th holes.

After Kim ended on eight under par, Ji needed to birdie the difficult par-4 18th to tie. Although she hit an excellent approach shot that just edged the hole, she pushed her birdie putt of 12 feet wide of the hole, meaning that Lee could take home the individual title and €95,231.85 in prize money.

Joint runner-up Kim had seven birdies in a final round 69 while Lee Seung-Hyun, a three-time winner on the Korean LPGA Tour, returned a final round 71 along with the first round leader Ji.

There was double cause for celebration as Lee also won the concurrent team competition with partner Ko Jin-Young. An aggregate score of 12-under-par put the South Korean pair 15 strokes ahead of the French duo Gwladys Nocera and Céline Herbin, with Chinese Taipei duo Lin Tzi-Chi and Kuo AiChen five strokes further behind in third. “I was very surprised to win because I didn’t feel that I played

Another South Korean player, Oh Ji-Hyun, finished outright fifth on seven-under-par, while China’s Liu Yu and Chamchoi Saraporn of Thailand tied for sixth place. South Korean Lee Min-Young was eighth on four-under-par, while Becky Morgan of Wales shared ninth on three-under with South Koreans Ko, Jung Hee Won and Cho Jeong Min. China’s Man Jin was the only amateur to make the cut and ended in equal 19th place. This was the first edition of the World Ladies Championship to be sanctioned by the Korean LPGA Tour as well as the Ladies European Tour and China LPGA and resulted in nine KLPGA players in the top 12 places in total. Other notable performances came from the Australians Stacey Keating and Sarah Kemp, Noora Tamminen of Finland and Céline Herbin of France, who were part of a large group sharing 19th. For final scores visit : leaderboard/

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WOMEN’S SPORT is Slowly Moving Towards A


History was made a few weeks ago when for the first time in history the Australian team which participated in Rio had more female athletes on the team than their male counterparts. 212 of our 419 sportspeople who competed in the games of the 31st Olympiad were female, which speaks volumes for the significant progress of gender equality in sport being made in our country.


his is a great sign for women’s sport, and while much progress has been made there is still a lot of work to be done across the board, especially in terms of making professional sport a valid career option for young women.

It is interesting when you compare the prizemoney that men and women golfers make at the very top level. Here are some examples;

In terms of the ability to make a meaningful income from professional sport, women golfers have probably been more fortunate than many of our peers from other sports, mainly due to the huge popularity of the US LPGA Tour which continues to grow globally and showcase our sport on the world stage.

• In 2016, at the time of writing Lydia Ko leads the US LPGA Tour money list with prizemoney of U$2.6 million, she has won 4 tournaments in 2016 including a major championship. In comparison Jason Day leads the PGA Tour money list with more than U$7.5 million, he has won three tournaments in 2016.

Woman golfers who succeed at the very top level can make a very good living, however the disparity in prizemoney and endorsements compared to what the top male players can make is still hugely disproportionate.

• In her illustrious career Karrie Webb won 41 LPGA tournaments including 7 major Championships, and sits second on the LPGA Tour’s career money list to Annika Sorenstam with prizemoney of just under U$20 million.

On the US LPGA Tour in 2015, the 80th ranked player’s prizemoney was U$133,000, which once you deduct tax, and take into account tournament expenses of around $3000-4000 per week does not leave much for a mortgage, car payments and general living expenses. In comparison, on the PGA Tour in 2015 the player who finished in 80th place on the money list made U$1.2 million.

Stuart Appleby and Karrie both had their rookie seasons in the US in 1996. Stuart has won 9 PGA Tour events and amassed a total of U$29 million in prizemoney, roughly 50% more than Karrie won in the same time frame.

On other tours like the Ladies European Tour where many of our members have competed in recent years you really need to be in the top 10 each year to make enough money to get by.

In comparison Mark Leishman has played on the PGA Tour for 8 years, has one win to his credit and has amassed more than U$14million in prizemoney.


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• Katherine Kirk (nee Hull) has played consistently on the LPGA Tour for 12 years, has 2 wins to her credit and career prizemoney of just under U$4 million.

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Lydia Ko; international cricket; Marianne Skarpnord from Norway; European basketball; World Cup Women's soccer

These figures are unfortunately very typical of most of the other golf tours across the globe, with the guys playing for considerably more prizemoney than their female counterparts. In saying this, the LPGA Tour under Commissioner Mike Whan has really thrived in recent years. With the number of tournaments increasing, and tournament purses and TV viewership on the rise hopefully we can see this disparity start to level out sometime in the future. Here in Australia, tournaments like the Oates Victorian Open, which offers equal prizemoney for both women and men are unique in golf and should be applauded. Golf Victoria, with the support of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Oates CEO David Birch have created a world first where the men and the women play at the same venue for equal prizemoney. The tournament has a completely different feel to a regular tour event, the players really enjoy it, the spectators and the sponsors love it, the question is why has this not caught on in other states in Australia and in other countries? It is a tournament model that ticks so many boxes. The only other event that I am aware of which is similar is in Morocco, where the Ladies European Tour and the PGA European Tour play at the same venue, however the men play the “Hassan Trophy” for 1.5 million euros while the women compete in the “Lalla Meryem Cup” and 450,000 euros!! At the Oates Victorian Open in 2015, then newly engaged couple Richard Green and Marianne Skarpnord completed a fairytale ending and created international headlines when they won both the men’s and women’s version of the tournament. After his win Green went on to say “The format of this tournament is amazing and I really hope it kicks off some

interest in other tournaments around the world because it’s a great atmosphere. Having the girls around, they’re great players and they create just as good an environment. The girls work as hard, they travel as much, they play the game as well as we do, it just doesn’t make sense that we play for so much more prizemoney than they do” Make no bones about it, being a professional sportswoman is a tough gig. While I can attest to how difficult it is for a female professional golfer to make ends meet, many other sportswomen of different codes have it equally as tough. A few years back at the annual Jack Newton Celebrity Classic, I played a round of golf with Catherine Cox, a legend of netball here in Australia, and was really shocked to hear how tough herself and her colleagues had it. The players were for the most part unpaid, and played purely for the love of their sport. They were given a miserly daily allowance for food while on tour and many players skipped meals or pooled their money together to buy dinner. These players, like “Coxy” and Liz Ellis were some of the highest profile women athletes in the country, yet they were expected pretty much to pay their own way and also hold down a job to support themselves. I was really shocked! Thankfully things have improved for the 'netties' since those days, a member of the Australian Diamonds team can now expect a salary of anything between $30,000 and $50,000 per year. It is hardly a fortune but as seems to be the way in women’s sport it will take many small steps to lead to big changes. Cricket is yet another example, the Southern Stars had for many years been making a relative pittance compared to their more famous male counterparts, despite having had great success on the international stage. Ladies GOLF Summer/Autumn 2017 • ISSUE 23



Karrie Webb; inset; Womens AFL football

Cricket Australia’s announcement in April this year that the player payment pool will increase from $2.36m to $4.23m will mean that Australia's leading female cricketers will become the best paid of any women's team sport in the country. Many of the Southern Stars players now have the potential to earn in excess of $100,000 a year plus endorsement deals. This announcement, along with the launch of the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League last season, has been a great boost to the sport and there is no doubt the popularity of women’s cricket on the rise. As for the football codes, the AFL has launched its women’s national league to sit alongside the men’s, while the two rugby codes have announced their intentions to launch female leagues, with the NRL looking to 2021 and the ARU set to capitalise on the Pearls’ recent world sevens championship win with a national professional league in the near future. In soccer, our Australian women’s team, the Matildas, earlier this year fought hard to strike a more lucrative collective bargaining agreement to ensure female players were provided more security and did not have to feel as though they were sacrificing their futures to play the game they loved. I am sure this was a tough decision at the time but they were smart in using the momentum that was with them at that time to put pressure on the powers that be! All of these examples illustrate that the push for inclusiveness and gender equity in the world of sport in Australia in recent years is now gaining some traction. From my perspective as a professional sportswoman for almost 30 years and now as a sports administrator it is a great relief to see that attitudes are finally starting to change. Corporate sponsors


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and government agencies are now being held accountable in terms of where their funding is being directed. The choice to fund men’s sport just because that has been the status quo for generations is no longer acceptable. It would be really disheartening to dwell on how far we have left to go in achieving gender equality and equity, there are still enormous strides to be taken before Australia can hold its hand up and say it is providing equal opportunity to male and female athletes in their pursuit for sporting excellence, but collectively we do seem to be making some good progress. Television revenues are starting to trickle in, and hopefully will boom in the future due to public demand. Women make up more than half of Australia’s population, and now more than ever before, they are becoming sports consumers as well as participants. It is hard to imagine 10 years ago that netballers could potentially earn more than $100,000 a year, that our most marketable female cricketers could command salaries upwards of $250,000, or that young women could consider a career in one of our football codes, but thankfully that is today’s reality. Women's sport is just as important as men's sport. Sportswomen and Women’s sporting organisations will continue to fight our cause for equality. We have a responsibility to ensure current and future generations of young girls are growing up watching their idols on television and reading about their achievements in the media. They need to be inspired and trust that if they choose a career in sport it is a valid career choice, and that there is an opportunity for them to make a living playing the sport that they love.

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On Tour

Many players on the Ladies European Tour have a companion on their bag… and we don’t mean their caddie! We hear the stories behind their fun, colourful and often hairy mascots.

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Marta Sanz

Connie Chen

I have an Auburn Tiger on my bag which is from my college, Auburn University. His name is Aubie, the mascot. I also have a monkey from the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey. It’s a gift and I really like monkeys.

My dad bought me this Labrador. I think it’s an Arnold Palmer one, because it’s got this crown and I got it in Dubai Mall. I had a Weimaraner when I was in SA but when we moved to China we put him up for adoption. I miss him.

Kylie Walker

Rosie Davies

My head cover is called Ernie because he’s from The Els Club in Stellenbosch, South Africa. I’ve never been to Stellenbosch but it was a gift. He’s been with me for a few months but he’s a bit annoying because all his ginger hair comes off and ends up everywhere, so I’ve been hair spraying him to keep him under control.

(Mr Gunnersaurus) I’m a huge Arsenal fan and I think I was four when my dad took me to my first Arsenal match. Since then I’ve been a die-hard fan and a season ticket holder since I was four. I used to play for Arsenal, so pretty much everything Arsenal I like. I started playing for them when I was nine until I was 15.



1 Laura Davies' head covers with pink ribbons for pink Friday. 2 Sei Young Kim of Korea's head covers. 3 Chloe Leurquin's Olympic head cover for her putter. 4 Whitney Hillier's head cover of a Highland cow, named “Coo” (local pronunciation!). 5 Camilla Lennarth's costumed elephant head cover is called Big Al and he’s the mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. 6 Lydia Ko's head covers.


7 Austrian head covers spotted on the Olympic course in Rio.

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Ladies in RACING Tour

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2017 Royal Ascot Carnival There are few sporting venues that can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse which hosts one of the greatest race meetings in the world. It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join me on this great race meet and one of the most celebrated social events in England.


s Managing Editor of the Ladies in RACING & Ladies GOLF Magazines, I am excited as we combine two of London’s sporting attractions, Horse Racing & Golf, to create an extraordinary experience. My co-host for the tour will be popular racing identity, Brian Martin OAM, who has visited London many times and brings a wealth of experience and first-hand knowledge of London and its myriad of attractions and world famous landmarks. For over 300 years Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world attracting competitors from across the globe including Hong Kong, the USA, New Zealand and of course, Australia. The tour includes a visit to Newmarket, the headquarters of the British Racing Board and the first and final day of the prestigious Royal Ascot race week, highlighted by the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Continue to Ireland together for the Irish Derby to be run at the iconic Curragh Racetrack, as well as visits to two of the world’s most famous stud farms, Coolmore and the Darley owned Kildangan. As with all Ambassador Travel tours, you will have a good balance of included activities and leisure time. Why not take the opportunity to extend your tour with a relaxing Greek Islands cruise or perhaps


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take in some Grand Slam tennis action at the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon. You are of course welcome to extend your travels to anywhere in Europe with the help of Ambassador Travel’s experienced consultants. As this will be a popular tour and due to limited seating availability, we recommend you make your reservation at your earliest possible convenience. Join us and take part in a truly special experience that will be treasured for years to come. We can also arrange for you to play golf at many of the local courses. I will personally ensure we all have a ton of fun, singles, couples all welcome. For further information on this tour please call me on 1300 783 112 or or call Peter Harney 1800 777 989 and identify yourself as a Ladies in RACING or a Ladies GOLF reader. To register your interest please contact;


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Day 1, Thursday 15 June 2017

Day 9, Friday 23 June 2017



Make your way to your respective airport to join your flight to London. accommodation: in flight

Day 2, Friday 16 June 2017

Ladies in RACING Tour

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2017 Royal Ascot Carnival


With no scheduled program today, you may attend racing at Ascot again. Having at least one Group 1 race every day and a prize pool of over £3 million, there is never a dull moment during Royal Ascot. Alternatively, join an optional tour to the medieval Warwick Castle, followed by Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and walk through the cobbled streets of Oxford.

On arrival in London, you will be met and transferred to Newmarket for check-in to your centrally located accommodation. Located north accommodation: london of London in Suffolk county, Newmarket is famous for its horse racing heritage dating as far back as 1174, and the town wears its love of horses Day 10, Saturday 24 June 2017 proudly with special horse routes throughout as well as a wealth of stables LONDON | Race Day right in the centre of town. The exciting racing action comes to a close today and you will attend accommodation: newmarket the final day of Royal Ascot. Today’s highlights include the group one Diamond Jubilee Stakes which was won by the Australian horse Choisir in Day 3, Saturday 17 June 2017 2003, again by his son Star Spangled Banner in 2010 and of course by NEWMARKET | Race Day Black Caviar in 2012. At the conclusion of the race you will be transferred Enjoy an early start with a visit to the legendary trainer Ed Dunlop’s back to your hotel. stables, located within a short distance to your hotel and then watch accommodation: london the horses exercising on the heath. Tour Newmarket, visit the National Thoroughbred Racing Museum and then enjoy a casual afternoon at the Day 11, Sunday 25 June 2017 races* at one of Newmarket’s historical racecourses. This evening you LONDON – AUSTRALIA will attend our Royal Ascot Welcome Dinner at the Bedford Hotel. Later this afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight bound for accommodation: newmarket

Day 4, Sunday 18 June 2017

NEWMARKET After breakfast travel by coach to Sandringham estate, which is the country retreat for Her Majesty The Queen. The house is set on 24 hectares of stunning gardens. There is plenty to see and do at this estate before returning back to Newmarket in the afternoon. accommodation: newmarket

Day 5, Monday 19 June 2017

NEWMARKET – LONDON | Stud Farm This morning you have another opportunity to watch the horses have their last workout before they head to Royal Ascot. This will be followed by a visit to Dalham Hall, the operational headquarters of Darley Stud, the global thoroughbred breeding operation owned by the Sheikh of Dubai, then continue on to London arriving mid-afternoon. accommodation: london

Day 6, Tuesday 20 June 2017

LONDON | Race Day Transfer to the race track for opening day of Royal Ascot with three group one races run today. No doubt the highlight will be the King’s Stand Stakes which is the first leg of the British global sprint. Australian horses have a great record in this event with Choisir in 2003, Take Over Target 2006, Miss Andretti 2007 and Scenic Blast 2010 being successful. accommodation: london

Day 7, Wednesday 21 June 2017

LONDON After breakfast, join a half day sightseeing tour of London taking in all of London’s most renowned landmarks and major attractions which may include the Tower of London, Big Ben, St. Pauls Cathedral and many others. The remainder of the day is at leisure. accommodation: london

Day 8, Thursday 22 June 2017

LONDON You have the day at leisure to explore London’s wealth of attractions at your own pace. You might want to join an optional tour to Windsor Castle, home to the Royal Family for 900 years, followed by a visit to Stonehenge and the Georgian city of Bath. Alternatively return to Ascot racecourse for the popular Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot for the running of the Ascot Gold Cup, a Group 1 race that celebrated its 200th running in 2007 with a second consecutive win by Yeats. accommodation: london

Australia. Alternatively you may extend your stay to anywhere in Europe or further explore London and all that this fascinating city has to offer its visitors. As the famous English 17th century author and poet Samuel Johnson once said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” accommodation: in flight

Day 12 Monday 26 June 2017 You have the option of staying on, and extending your tour to Ireland, for the Irish Derby or taking a Mediterranean Cruise, visit Paris or design your own extension as we cater for whatever you require. The options are endless. Day 13 Tuesday 27 June 2017

AUSTRALIA Your arrival in Australia concludes your tour with Ambassador Travel.

Newmarket - Headquarters of British Racing: Newmarket is the headquarters of the British Racing Board and has a history dating as far back as 1174 making it the earliest known racing venue of post classical times. It is also the European base of the largest racing and breeding conglomerate in the world – Darley. Your accommodation is centrally located and is in walking distance to some of the leading English trainer’s stables which house many of the contenders for Royal Ascot including the Australian contingency. During your stay in Newmarket you will visit stables, watch horses train on the heath, take in the National Thoroughbred Museum, and mix with racing’s elite in this quaint English town as everything gears towards Royal Ascot. As well you will visit Dalham Hall, the renowned stud farm owned by Sheik Mohammed Maktoum of Dubai.

Tour Highlights: • Experience the excitement of one of the world’s premier race meetings • Visit Newmarket the headquarters of British racing and tour some of the world’s most famous stables • Attend both Kings Stand Stakes Day and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes Day at Royal Ascot • Enjoy all the racing action from the comfort of the elegant Furlong Club and the Queen Anne Enclosure • Extend your stay and take in the stud farms of Ireland and the Irish Derby at The Curragh • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of London to take in all of the major landmarks & attractions • Travel in the company of like-minded people and fellow racing enthusiasts • Options to extend your stay to anywhere in the UK or Europe or perhaps a stopover in Dubai or Asia - the choice is yours! Other airlines or if you wish to use any frequent flyer points, we are happy to assist you with your requirements.

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THE 2017 OATES VIC OPEN The 2017 Oates Vic Open will be held from 9-12 February at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads. This will mark the fifth consecutive year the concurrent men’s and women’s tournaments will be hosted at one of Victoria’s premier golf facilities in the Greater Geelong region.

same course, at the same time, for the same amount of total prize money. The event remains the only one of its kind on the world stage.

who finished tied for second alongside Skarpnord earlier this year represented Denmark. Victoria’s own Su Oh, a former A major drawcard of the Oates Vic Open runner-up at the Oates Vic Open also for spectators is the opportunity to walk enjoyed a fantastic Olympic performance, the fairways with the players. In 2016, with a T13 finish. world class fields including some of City of Greater Geelong General Manager Australia’s top calibre talent combined of Investment & Attraction Brett Luxford with professionals from 28 different said the City is a proud supporter of the countries descended on the Beach and 2017 Oates Vic Open. Creek course layouts at Thirteenth Beach. “Geelong is a premier events destination

The scene is set for the 2017 tournament after a thrilling finish in the final round in February this year, which saw 19-year old Georgia Hall (England) secure her first professional win, whilst New Zealand’s Michael Long produced the chip of his Acting Minister for Sport, Martin Foley life out of a hazard during the first play-off MP said the government was looking hole to win the men’s title. forward to welcoming players and visitors Golf Victoria CEO Simon Brookhouse is to Barwon Heads again in 2017. pleased about the position of the event “The Victorian Government has been a on the international golf calendar. proud supporter of the Oates Victorian “We are thrilled to have the opportunity in 2017 to lead into the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open and the World Super 6 Perth. This will provide a chance for players to compete in the Oates Vic Open as a perfect lead up to these other major international events. “Each year the quality of the men’s and women’s fields has improved, including leading players from around the world. Everyone involved in the event is looking forward to seeing all our loyal spectators back and I’m confident 2017 will have its own set of thrilling storylines,” said Brookhouse. The Oates Vic Open is staged with both men’s and women’s fields playing on the


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abuzz with sporting, cultural and food and wine events and the 2017 Oates Vic Open continues to be a highlight on our Summer events calendar,” said Mr Luxford.

“Thirteenth Beach Golf Links is an outstanding golf facility and I’m sure Open, and has no doubt the 2017 event visitors will enjoy the tournament as will be the best yet. well as everything the beautiful coastal “We are confident the timing of next year’s township of Barwon Heads has to offer.” event will provide a great opportunity for Both the men’s and women’s honour some of the best golfers to compete in a rolls are rich in Australian golfing history, world class event in the lead up to the ISPS featuring names such as Peter Thompson HANDA Women’s Australian Open and the (1958, ’68, ’73), Greg Norman (1984), World Super 6 Perth,” Minister Foley said. Ian Baker-Finch (1985) and more The 2016 field alone included 10 players recently Richard Green (2015), Matthew that qualified and competed in the Griffin (2014), Stacey Keating (2013) and Olympic Games recently held in Rio de Minjee Lee (2014). Janeiro. Olympians included past Oates The 2017 Oates Vic Open is a sanctioned Vic Open champions Australian Minjee event on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Lee (2014) and Marianne Skarpnord Australasia and ALPG Tour. (2015) from Norway whose caddie Visit  for more was fiancé and men’s 2015 Champion information.

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SA GOLF INDUSTRY AWARDS NIGHT WINNERS LIST • PGA Pro Am of the Year - Murray Bridge Classic - Murray Bridge Golf Club

The full list of award recipients is: • Golf SA Junior Boy's Vardon - Lachlan Barker (Glenelg)

• PGA Teaching Professional of the Year - Anne-Marie Knight (Adelaide Shores)

• Golf SA Women's Vardon - Ella Adams (The Grange)

• PGA Professional of the Year - Ian Pritchard (Mount Osmond)

• Golf SA Men's Vardon - Lachlan Barker (Glenelg) • SAGCSA Graduate Award


(Sponsored by Toro)

- Keenan Hutchings (The Grange) • SAGCSA Award for Excellence in Turf Management (Sponsored by Globe) - Kim Tonkin (Penfield) • SAGCSA Distinguished Service Award (Sponsored by SAGCSA)

- Michael Bohnsack (Victor Harbor) • GMA Workplace Health & Safety Award (Sponsored by Monit) - South Lakes Golf Club • GMA Award for Excellence in Golf Club Management (Sponsored by MiClub) - Mark Tan (Mount Osmond)

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• Service to the SA Golf Industry


The achievements of the South Australian Golf Industry have been celebrated with 200 golfing representatives from around the state at the South Australian Golf Industry Awards Night held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the evening of Saturday 22nd October. The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Ben Hook with Wayne Phillips conducting interviews with the awards winners. Special guests of the night were SA Golf Hall of Fame Members, David Cherry, Pauline Sanderson, Bob Tuohy and Sue Tuohy representing her mother Rhonda Watson. Golf Australia Board Member Robert Crosby and Jan Sutherland CEO of Sport SA were also Awards Night guests. In total 15 trophies were presented as part of the SA Industry Awards Night, which covered industry specific awards from Golf SA, PGA of Australia, Golf Management Australia and the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association as well as awards for volunteer contributions to the game from both Metropolitan and Country areas. Amongst the highlights of the Awards evening was the presentation of the Award for Service to the South Australian Golf Industry. This award was presented to Dr Ian McInnes OAM from Loxton, for his outstanding and on-going contribution to golf in South Australia at all levels for over half a century. Dr McInnes received a standing ovation when accepting his award.

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- Dr Ian McInnes • Country Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Schweppes)

- Roen Cameron (Hamley Bridge) • Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Programmed Property Services)

- John Turnbull (The Grange) • PGA Pro Am of the Year (Legends) - SA Senior PGA Championship - Blue Lakes Public Golf Links

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QUEENSLAND GOLF FOUNDATION Queensland golfers are being asked to give back to the game they love with the launch of Golf Queensland's new charity, the Queensland Golf Foundation. The Queensland Golf Foundation is asking members of the golfing community to pitch in and help contribute to the future of golf in Queensland. Participation and development of golf in Queensland is the focus of the Foundation with funds directed into three key areas: Juniors, Ladies and Clubs.  Funds raised for these areas goes straight back into learn to play programs, talented

player pathways and increased viability of the Queensland club network. Golf Queensland Chairman, Peter Castrisos, said the Queensland Golf Foundation vision was to grow communities through golf. "We want to share the game of golf with communities who may not have access to it and with people who never thought they could try it," Mr Castrisos said. "Everyone should have the opportunity to play golf and experience the multitude of benefits that it offers such as fun, fitness, learning, perseverance, friendship and growth."

"I'm urging everyone who loves the game to help us grow the game and the golfing community in Queensland by donating to the Queensland Golf Foundation." The Queensland Golf Foundation's fundraising partner is the Australia Sports Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and can be made either directly to the Queensland Golf Foundation page on the Australian Sports Foundation website (asf. or via the Donate Now button on the Queensland Golf Foundation website

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BERENICE GRADUATES, AND BECOMES AN ADDICT The recently-launched Queensland Golf Foundation has specifically targeted prospective women golfers in its aim to invest in future golfers and to grow the game throughout in Queensland. And in Brisbane Golf Club member Berenice Holmes, the Foundation has not only unearthed a successful graduate of Golf Queensland’s Ladies Let’s Golf program, but someone who has become a self-confessed golf addict. “I’m right into golf. I love it,” said Berenice who joined The Brisbane Golf Club just on two years ago after she completed the Ladies Let’s Golf program. “Everything about the game, and the club, is great. The friendly rivalry, the camaraderie, the facilities, the staff and the variety of the competitions we play all combine to make playing golf a terrific social activity.” Five of the six graduates from the same program as Berenice have subsequently joined the Brisbane Golf Club, and each has become a golfing regular. But Berenice, who plays three to four times a week, suspects she is probably the most fanatical. Always being a sporty type, Berenice had previously played competitive netball, soccer and basketball but in more recent years became interested in golf after playing some social rounds with her husband Michael and son Ash, who are also TBGC members.

And Golf Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer, Lindsay Ellis, says Berenice Holmes and her fellow graduates from The Brisbane Golf Club program are an excellent example of how the game can be grown when the resources are available. “The aim of the Ladies Let’s Golf program is not just to inspire new golfers to get started in the game, but to encourage returning golfers to refresh their skills,” he said. “As Berenice has emphasised, Ladies Let’s Golf delivers golf instruction in a fun, creative, interactive and friendly environment. The emphasis on participation and fun rather than technique sets this program apart from others.” The initial Ladies Let’s Golf program includes free introductory 60-minute sessions which incorporate two golf skill aspects, an opportunity to meet with other like-minded women and to enjoy a casual relaxed atmosphere over morning or afternoon tea. All equipment including golf balls, golf clubs, coaching and refreshments is provided free of charge. These are followed by the Ladies Let’s Golf program level 1, with sessions designed for a novice golfer with little or no experience. The course consists of four weeks of 60-minute group clinics where participants will learn the basic skills of the swing, chipping, putting and pitching. Each week will focus on an individual aspect in greater detail.

And learn to play she certainly did. Within 12 months of becoming a member Berenice won the club award for the greatest reduction in ladies B grade handicap – from 38 to 27. The cost of the level 1 tuition is $99, “A couple of years ago Michael noticed But that is not her only claim to fame. and includes balls, clubs, coaching and that his club had started a Ladies Let’s She has already had a hole-in-one, on the a merchandise pack. It is not necessary Golf program, and he encouraged me to 169-metre par three 11th hole at Brisbane to have completed the free introductory course to participate in Ladies Let’s Golf Golf Club. join,” she recalled. level 1. “Five other ladies and I joined the program, “What made it special was that I was went through the various levels under a playing in a mixed event with my husband. The Queensland Golf Foundation is the few different coaches and graduated as He was just as excited as I was, and I think fundraising arm of Golf Queensland, the peak body for amateur golf in Queensland, golfers. Although very challenging, almost a little proud too,” she said. immediately I became hooked. I loved Remarkably, another member of that and was born out of the need to focus on that I was learning about the game and Ladies Let’s Golf program who joined participation and development of golf becoming a better player. TBGC, Leanne James, has also since throughout the state. The Queensland Golf Foundation’s “But just as importantly it was fun. scored a hole-in-one. The coaches, in particular Joe Janison Currently 15 clubs in south-east fundraising partner is the Australia Sports and Virginia Irwin, were wonderful Queensland have endorsed and are Foundation. Donations are tax deductible communicators and made the lessons running Ladies Let’s Golf programs, with and can be made either directly to the enjoyable, and the lady members at more keen to start the program. And for Queensland Golf Foundation page on Brisbane were very patient with us when each $5000 raised through donations to the Australian Sports Foundation website they helped out. the Queensland Golf Foundation, 150 ( or via the donate now button on the Queensland Golf Foundation “I can honestly say I could not imagine a additional spots in those programs will be website provided. better program for learning to play golf.”


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE WORLD SUPER 6 PERTH You can be part of a world first event when the 2017 World Super 6 Perth hits town in February next year! Revel in the atmosphere of this new and unique tournament format and be up close and personal amongst all the action.

As a Volunteer you will receive a unique volunteer’s hat, shirt (or two if you volunteer for more than two days!), free parking with a shuttle bus, a “tournament” volunteer’s ticket, food and drink vouchers for your on duty days, an invite to a thank you gathering following play on the final day plus a thank you round at Lake Karrinyup itself on a date TBC.

your opportunity of securing your desired role/s as we prioritise oversubscribed roles by commitment. I will note that certain roles benefit from prior experience and as such we will look to past volunteers in a number of key areas.

The 2017 World Super 6 Perth, hosted by Lake Karrinyup Country Club, commences in the week starting Monday 13 February 2017. The event has replaced the Perth International and is a jointly sanctioned As above the event runs for the full week Australasian/European tour event that will however the bulk of the volunteer duties be run by the PGA of Australia. are on the actual tournament days from GolfWA are sourcing and managing the Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th February. volunteers for the tournament and I thank you in advance for taking on one of the various volunteer roles at the event. The format for the week can be found on

If you are a returning volunteer please understand that we take your details each year just in case they have changed. Please complete the online form below and I will see you on the course! There’s plenty work to go round so remember to tell a friend or three and share this link: Preference will be given to volunteers cms/2016/11/2017-world-super-6who are available for all four tournament perth-volunteers/ days (ie Thursday to Sunday inclusive) Should you have any queries, please and note that all volunteers must work contact either Neil Goddard or Amber at least the equivalent of two full days Shaw on 08 9367 2490 or four shifts (i.e. 4 AM/PM shifts). The more days you can commit to the better


AIMS AT PROVIDING A FUN AND INVITING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUNG GIRLS TO LEARN AND PLAY GOLF. There are a number of junior programmes All registered clubs provide programs exclusively for girls. These programs may endorsed by Golf WA that are currently include coaching clinics, social golf and Girls Golf WA Club events. being run across the state. These To join a program contact the Coordinator of your closest club below or contact programmes are: Billie May on 9367 2490 • MyGolf – the national brand for junior Bunbury Golf Club Shani Waugh 0400 204 220 golf supported by Golf Australia Cottesloe Golf Course Jean Hay 9384 5823 • Sporting Schools  – an Australian Lake Karrinyup Country Club Nicholas d’Avoine 0423 400 229 Sports Commission initiative this multi Melville Glades Golf Club Matthew Sturmer 9332 7497 sport platform encourages kids to play Mount Lawley Golf Club Sue Thomson 0417 962 549 more sport Royal Perth Golf Club Damien Todorovic 6436 4900 The Vines Golf and Country Club Mark Tibbles 0413 824 477 • Golf WA Girls Golf Clubs – a Golf WA initiative to encourage girls to play and create friendships in golf • Specialist Golf Schools – Golf is a part of the curriculum and is a great place to further your knowledge of the game Although these programmes are endorsed by Golf WA, any program run by Golf Courses and Golf Clubs that encourages and promotes the game to the wider community  is a positive for the game.

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LADY GOLFERS & SWING FIT Swing Fit is Australia’s national program to encourage and promote female participation in golf. The program is neither time consuming (you can do it in 75 minutes), nor expensive (it costs just $20 a session), nor serious (be sure to have plenty of laughs and make some new friends). One minute you are hitting golf balls, then performing yoga/Pilate style exercises then enjoying a social get together with your new friends! Swing Fit has been developed based on what women want; that is a program that focuses on the following participant outcomes: • Health and conditioning • Wellbeing and social • Skill acquisition • All in a welcoming and fun environment! A program for: • Beginners wanting to learn the basics in a relaxed and social environment; and • Current golfers wishing to get ‘fit for golf’ and enjoy a different format of the game. It is fun, exciting and is for women of all ages and abilities! Interested in participating? Find your local Swing Fit Centre or register your interest at “Swing Fit was affordable, social and fun. It was great to play with other ladies at my level and we've played together since. The coach taught us golf basics and made us laugh. Highly recommended” – Swing Fit participant Interested in getting more women playing at your venue? Visit or contact Andrew Robb, Participation & Programs Manager Golf NSW on 02 9505 9105 or email (or Golf Australia on 03 9626 5050) “Swing Fit opens the door to a broader customer base and portrays golf for women in a different light than the traditional beginner clinics. The welcoming fun and social nature of the SwingFit Program, along with the fitness aspect allows the centre to attract a wider and more active demographic” – Mark Shaw, Gympie Golf Club.


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(CENTRAL SOUTHERN GOLF ASSOCIATION DISTRICT’S A GRADE SCRATCH PENNANT TROPHY) The Bruce Cup was donated to the Central Southern Golf Association in its inaugural year of 1928 by Ethel Bruce, wife of then Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce. The Central Southern Golf Association covers the Australian Capital Territory, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Yass and the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. From 1928 to 1972 the Bruce Cup was used by the Central Southern Golf Association as the district’s major trophy for interclub competition. The competition for which it was played changed several times over the decades. This reflected the increase in the number of clubs with affiliated women golfers and the increase in the total number of women playing golf in the district. In 1973 the Bruce Cup became the trophy for the CSGA district’s A Grade scratch pennant.


first winning team and in the winning team in 2008. Colleen played in all bar one winning final up to 2008 and has Queanbeyan won The Bruce Cup for the been an inspiration to all Queanbeyan’s first time in 1975 in only the 3rd year participants in the Bruce Cup over 35 of women’s A Grade scratch pennant in years. the CSGA district.This commenced an amazing domination of the competition With one year off as runners-up in by Queanbeyan women. 2009 Queanbeyan have again been the dominant club with wins in 2010, 2011, In the first 13 years of the competition 2014, 2015 and 2016. This brings their Queanbeyan had 7 wins with main rivals, total wins to 30 times since 1973. Royal Canberra, Yowani and Moss Vale taking the other 6. For the next twenty The winning team in 2016 included years from 1986 to 2005 Queanbeyan up and coming young sisters, Chloe had an incredible 17 victories. The Thornton and Amber Thornton, club developed an intense rivalry with expectant mothers, Lauren Maher and Federal during the 1990s and it was Kylie Smith, Pauline Jeffery, Wendy Federal who had 3 wins to break up Lynch, Louise Smith and Julie Reid. Queanbeyan’s winning streak. Lauren Maher is a dedicated Bruce Cup Colleen De Costa, life member of player, having commenced playing as a Queanbeyan has an amazing personal 14-year-old and has not missed a year history in the Bruce Cup, playing in the since.

The Queanbeyan team. left to right - Louise Smith, Lauren Maher (Captain), Kylie Smith, Wendy Lynch, Amber Thornton, Chloe Thornton, Julie Reid and Pauline Jeffery. below right - Lauren Maher receiving the Bruce Cup from CSGA Vice President Pam Barker.

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THE ESSENTIAL EDIBLE PHARMACY Sophie Manolas RRP $34.99 Available from Sophie Manolas, a clinical nutritionist, is passionate about showing people how they can eat their way to being the greatest and healthiest version of themselves. In this book she takes over 60 of the most commonly available nutrient-dense foods and explains exactly why each of these foods is so good for you. This is followed with a simple and delicious recipe for each ingredient that will entice even the fussiest tastebuds. Fully illustrated with gorgeous photographs, this practical reference book will supercharge your health and tingle your taste buds into life!

SLIM BUSINEZ Mark Cupples RRP $29.95 Available from RRP $8.95 Kindle version from For the cost of just two coffees, Mark Cupples’ new book called Slim Businez can change lives forever by showing people they can become their own diet and exercise expert to achieve their weight loss goal. Mark says “Perfect eating and perfect exercise programs are for perfect people and no-one is perfect. What we need is a perfect result that’s both practical and easy for people,” he said. “Hardly anyone likes starving, hard exercise or hiding from social events. Any diet that heads in that direction will have a high failure rate.”

HEARTFULNESS Dr Stephen McKenzie RRP $ 29.99 Available from: Mindfulness is a buzzword that is everywhere these days. But is there more to it than you might think? This book pushes through the boundaries so often imposed by a misinterpreted idea of mindfulness and dives into the vast, deep waters of heartfulness to help you live a fuller, more rewarding life.

Every chapter in Slim Businez provides practical tips that guide the reader to make a difference to the way they look and feel. Food suggestions are the old fashioned foods of meat, butter, traditional oils, cheese, fruit and vegetables. There was no epidemic of obesity, cancer, heart attack and stroke when people ate these foods pre 1900.


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Our liver plays a crucial role in our overall wellbeing, affecting everything from our energy levels, our ability to fight diseases through to our metabolism. So, how can we keep it in good shape? Dry July ambassador Dr Cris Beer has written a research-based guide to keeping your liver healthy and fatty free. Dr Cris provides an abundance of tips, methods and delicious healthy recipes that all promote liver health, including a 7-day detox.

HARMONY IS SUCCESS Ken McLean RRP $29.99 Available from: Human life is based on the harmonious balance between four interconnected relationships, which, when practiced consciously, result in greater personal fulfilment, success and the powerful and free expression of our deepest Self. This is the premise behind. In the book, Ken, founder of the popular Shin Sen Dojo, draws upon decades of experience and studies, and outlines the importance of balancing the four relationships so you can live your greatest life through their expression.

A DIVERGENT PATH Nicole T Harcourt RRP $97.00 Free for a limited time at Everyone has felt unhappy at times of struggle and stress, but many people have felt a lack of fulfilment or a sense of unhappiness in their lives even when achieving their deepest dreams and desires. In fact, according to a Stanford Study 86% of people never find fulfilment. This leads people to question why they are still not satisfied, further enhancing feelings of guilt and even depression. Nicole T Harcourt, has experienced this feeling of dread and actively made changes to her life to overcome these negative feelings. She created Evolved Life Visions, a life coaching program, in order to help others get past their own barriers and find their true life path. Over the past 15 years Nicole has helped A-list movie stars and celebrities, royalty, major corporations, elite athletes and overall high performers find fulfilment in their lives again.

Filled with practical exercises, meditations, charts, and examples, Harmony is Success shows readers how to live a life of deeper meaning and happiness.


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MINDFULNESS ON THE RUN Dr Chantal Hofstee RRP $24.99


Packed full of practical exercises that can be done in minutes, this is mindfulness that can be done anywhere, anytime without the need for formal meditation practice. We all know how good mindfulness practice is for us, but how do you implement it in your life if you’re so busy that you simply don’t have time for anything else? This is precisely where Mindfulness on the Run can help. As a busy psychologist, wife and mother, Dr Chantal Hofstee has developed a quick, effective program that enables you to slot mindfulness into your life without the need for formal meditation practice.

BOOK REVIEWS STAND OUT Alison Hill RRP $26.95 Available from The traditional ‘9 to 5’ working hours no longer exist. We’re now plugged in to our devices 24/7, and losing sight of ourselves whilst drowning in the doing. In a relentless change environment everyone is busy, but the heavy focus on productivity over the past two decades has dismally failed. Too many have checked out, are burnt out or are freaking out — and we’re all suffering as a result. It’s time to reclaim our health, happiness and sanity; even amongst the busyness it’s time to Stand Out. Stand Out is a practical guide to getting clear on what matters and stop doing the stuff that just doesn’t. Stop being distracted by busy and put purpose to action. Accessibly written with plenty of relatable anecdotes and examples, Stand Out empowers readers with the tools, tips and strategies needed to stop being ‘busy’ and start getting ahead.

THE BAREFOOT INVESTOR DO I GET A DROP? Doug Anderson RRP $24.95 A5 size Available from With this book most golf questions can be answered in seconds. Its unique format has pages for each of the golf course component parts, i.e. Tee, bunkers, green, etc. One needs only to turn to the appropriate page to find one’s answers.

Scott Pape RRP $29.95 Available from A few years ago author Scott Pape lost everything he owned to a bushfire; years of memories, wedding photos, a flock of sheep, his son’s toys — all in ashes and broadcast on the nightly news. In that moment, Scott turned to his wife and baby son and made them a promise: ‘I got this’ — and over the next two years, he rebuilt everything they had lost. Losing everything inspired Scott to write The Barefoot Investor, – to show readers how they can become financially fireproof and have their own ‘I got this’ moment, no matter what they might face in life (losing a job, starting a family, getting sick, retirement). Practical, inspiring, even laugh-out-loud funny, The Barefoot Investor is a finance book readers will actually enjoy. Author Scott Pape has been voted “Australia’s most trusted finance expert.”



Great Stories and Activity Books to get kids creative!

Cherie Schetselaar RRP $29.99 Available from Turn your child’s school lunch into something both healthy and creative. With an easy-toread set up, The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox adds variety to your homemade lunches. The spiral binding and split pages allow for thousands of possible combinations! Just pick one recipe from each category (protein, grains, and fruits/vegetables), and you can be sure that every lunch contains a healthy balance of taste and nutrients.

THE EVERYTHING PRINCESS BOOK Barbara Beery RRP $29.99 Available from Bursting with 160 full-colour pages of crafts, stories recipes, virtues, activities, games, parties, hairstyles, dances, costumes, and hundreds of charming tips on how to befit your royalty, The Everything Princess Book is a gorgeous, lavishly designed, musthave compendium for all things princess.

ANTS AND UNCLES Clay Rice RRP $24.99 Available from What happens when Uncle steps on an ant hill? The ants in his pants make him dance, of course, and his dancing skills become famous around the world. From award-winning author and silhouette artist Clay Rice comes the rhyming tale of an accidental hero. Filled with scenes from countries and cultures around the globe, this lively, silly story is sure to delight children and parents.


David Miles RRP $14.99 Available from Colourful and whimsical, Noah’s Ark captures the fun and friendly story of Noah, the animals, and the ark in a lift-and-look foam board book. Children will enjoy this fun and fascinating retelling of Noah’s ark in colourful images and four lift-and-look panels. A perfect quiet book or interactive experience for your child.


David Miles RRP $14.99 Available from Your child will enjoy this fun and fascinating retelling of the creation story in colourful images and six lift-and-look panels. The creation took seven days, but your child will love this book forever.

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