Inside Golf : Inside Golf, April 2016
INSIDE GOLF BUSINESS 18 April 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Another successful ALPG Tour season done and dusted As the ALPG Tour staff and players catch our breath, we can reflect on another fantastic Tour season where we saw some rising young stars and some of our established players making the headlines. The IsPs Handa New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch was a huge occasion again for Women’s Golf in New Zealand as Kiwi superstar Lydia Ko returned to defend the title she had won in style at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch 12 months earlier. As had been the case in 2015, huge crowds turned out all week and were rewarded with another home win as Ko eventually strolled to a 2-shot victory over 16-year-old Korean sensation Hje Jin Choi and Englishwoman Felicity Johnson. Unlike her victory in 2015, Lydia really had to fight for her win this year. During the final round three different players had held the lead at some point during the round, but as expected class prevailed and Ko would claim her 3rd IsPs Handa New Zealand Open. From Christchurch the tour headed across “the ditch”, this time to Adelaide for the IsPs Handa Women’s Australian Open which was being held for the first time at the Grange Golf Club. This would be the first time the event had returned to the city of churches since 1994 when a rising young swedish star by the Karen Lunn Executive Director – ALPG name of Annika sorenstam lifted the Patricia Bridges bowl at Royal Adelaide Golf Club. The tournament was a huge success with some of the largest galleries seen at a women’s event in Australia since the glory days of Karrie Webb in the mid-nineties. Karrie herself spent much of the tournament in contention, however a cold putter on the weekend would ruin any chance of a 6th Women’s Australian Open title. It would be Japan’s Haru Nomura who would go on to win the title by three strokes from world number 1 Lydia Ko after a superb final round of 65. Haru would become the first Japanese winner of the tournament which was hugely pleasing to our title sponsor IsPs Handa and in particular Dr Handa. From Adelaide the ALPG Tour headed up to the Gold Coast in Queensland for the 28th edition of the RACV Ladies Masters, where 18-year-old Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson would be the headline act, along with former world number one Jiyai shin who now spends her time on the LPGA of Japan Tour. shin would ultimately show her class winning in the end by 4 shots after several players had challenged during the course of the final round. Jiyai, one of the real characters on tour had admitted to a liking for Australian beer and pies commenting after her win “just don’t tell my trainer” Many of our international visitors chose to stay on for the final two events on the 2015/2016 ALPG Tour schedule, the Brisbane Invitational held at McLeod Country Golf Club in Brisbane, and the BWAC pro-am held at Yamba GC in Northern NsW. These two events would see the culmination of the 2016 ALPG Club Car series which was held across all eight of our 2016 ALPG Pro-ams. Cathryn Bristow, winner of the both the Mulpha Norwest ALPG pro-am at Castle Hill CC and the inaugural Northern Beaches ALPG Pro-am at Long Reef had taken a 200 point lead into the final 2 events, however victory at the Brisbane Invitational at McLeod Country Golf Club saw Victorian star stacey Keating edge ahead of Bristow to ensure a shootout for the top prize at Yamba. The affable Victorian had set herself up for a bumper payday if she could put one more good round together and she didn’t disappoint, shooting a 4-under-par 69 on the testing Yamba layout which saw her in a playoff with Queenslander Katelyn Must and Norwegian visitor Tonje Daffinrud. Must stole the show holing a 10 metre birdie putt on the first playoff hole for her first ALPG victory, but it would be Keating who walked away winning the 2016 ALPG Club Car series along with the McLeod/Yamba trophy. On behalf of the ALPG players, staff and board I would very sincerely like to thank all of our sponsors and host clubs for their support again in 2016 and for making this all possible. In particular, I would like to thank IsPs Handa and Dr Haruhisa Handa RACV and Oates, our major tournament sponsors along with all of our other sponsors and partners for their support. 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