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RACV Ladies Masters preview www.insidegolf.com.au | February 2016 21 David Newber y email@example.com Su Oh is aiming to become a two-time winner of the RACV Ladies Masters. oH for tHat winninG feelinG – aGain R ACV Ladies Masters defending champion Su Oh says she doesn’t remember all the hole-by-hole details of last year’s final round at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. What Oh does remember is she birdied the final four holes to win her first professional tournament. What she also remembers is Karrie Webb’s words of wisdom ringing in her ears. “Karrie sent me a message saying ‘good luck’,” Oh said. “I then asked Karrie for advice on how I should approach the final round and she told me not to think about it too much and just play my own game. “So I went in with the mentality to play my own game because I knew if I did that I would have a chance to win.” Oh, the world’s number one amateur in 2013, did win and now she can’t wait to defend her title and cast her eye over the new-look back nine holes designed by Graham Marsh to complement the front nine completed at the end of 2014. Oh hasn’t had the chance to test her considerable skills on new holes (10 to 18), but did watch the Australian PGA Championship won by Nathan Holman. “It looks tough,” she said. “Accuracy is going to be the key and hitting the ball in the right areas of the greens is very important. “ The greens are undulating and the areas you need to land your ball are quite small if you want to get close to the pin.” Last year, the South Korean-born Australian shot seven-under par to win and says she would take that score again if it was offered. Mind you, she’ll reserve her judgement until after her first practice round in the lead-up to the tournament played from February 25-28. Who knows, if Su Oh is in contention going into the final round she just might seek the advice of Australian PGA champion and fellow Victorian Nathan Holman. Holman defeated South African Dylan Fritelli and American Harold Varner III on the first extra hole of a playoff – the tough 18th hole. I ask Oh what her strategy will be if she is a shot adrift playing the final hole – the 423-metre par-5. “I have heard the 18th hole is much harder now, but I would probably go for the green in two and try and make eagle or birdie,” she said. “Every other year it’s been reachable in two with a driver and three- for five-wood.” • Past winners 2015 Su Oh Australia 2014 Cheyenne Woods United States 2013 Karrie Webb Australia 2012 Christel Boeljon Netherlands 2011 Yani Tseng Taiwan 2010 Karrie Webb Australia 2009 Katherine Hull Australia 2008 Lisa Hall England 2007 Karrie Webb Australia 2006 Amy Yang South Korea 2005 Karrie Webb Australia 2004 Annika Sorenstam Sweden 2003 Laura Davies England 2002 Annika Sorenstam Sweden 2001 Karrie Webb Australia 2000 Karrie Webb Australia 1999 Karrie Webb Australia 1998 Karrie Webb Australia 1997 Gail Graham Canada 1996 Jane Crafter Australia 1995 Annika Sorenstam Sweden 1994 Laura Davies England 1993 Laura Davies England 1992 Jane Crafter Australia 1991 Jane Geddes United States 1990 Jane Geddes United States GettinG to Know sU oH Age: 19. Turned pro: 2014. My first job was ... professional golfer although I did voluntary work at tournament events. My goal for 2016 is ... to gain full LPGA status for 2017. My favourite club in the bag is ... I wish I knew. It changes all the time. Usually I do well with my putter. The strength of my game is ... it changes all the time. A work in progress is ... my short game. The best part of playing golf for a living is ... I love to travel and work at something I love. I don’t see it as a tough job. The hardest part of playing golf for a living is ... being away from home. A tournament I’d like to win is ... the US Women’s Open. My best ever score is ... 64 – eight- under par. My favourite golfer is ... I never really had one, but I look up to Karrie Webb. My favourite golf tournament to watch is ... the British Open. Another sport I’d like to be good at is ... tennis. I was ... nine years old when I took up golf. My hidden talent is ... I can play the piano but not brilliantly. My favourite food is ... dessert. I have a sweet tooth. When I’m not playing golf I’m ... chilling out at home and catching up with friends. I also enjoy building Nanoblocks (similar to Lego but smaller blocks). VolUnteers wanteD for raCV laDies Masters HOW would you like to spend an exciting few days as a RACV Ladies Masters volunteer at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from February 25-28? If that appeals, simply put up your hand and volunteer for duty. Volunteer boss Marie McGuinness is urging club golfers (men, women and juniors) to join the army of volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the tournament. “With the RACV Ladies Masters only weeks away, I am still short of 100 volunteers,” she said. “ Volunteers are rewarded with a shirt and hat, food and beverage on days they work, free pass for family and friends, a barbeque at the end of play on the final day and a complimentary game of golf for those who work four days or more.” If you want to get involved, call Marie McGuinness on 0414-534-230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org POWERED BY www.coolcore.com.au Stay Cool All Day! • 30% cooler • Chemical free • Dries soft & machine washable Available at your leading pro shop or online at The Worlds CoolesT sporTs ToWel Once wet, the towel’s surface temperature lowers by up to 30%, keeping you feeling cool & refreshed all day.
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