CHEYENNE WOODS RETURNS FOR RACV LADIES MASTERS
Cheyenne Woods returns to RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast as a former champion of the RACV Ladies Masters and should she reproduce the form that saw her sweep to victory in 2014, she will have a great chance of lifting the crystal trophy for the second time.
The popular American, well-known as Tiger Woods’ niece, is making her third successive appearance in the tournament to be played from February 25-28. Born in 1990, ironically the same year as the inaugural Australian Ladies Masters, Woods has always looked the part on the golf course – stylish and oozing charisma.
As a rookie in the field in 2014, Woods soon worked out a strategy that fitted perfectly with her ability to play to her strengths and finished two shots clear of Australian sensation Minjee Lee, an amateur at the time. She made light work of the unfamiliar golf course and became one of only a handful of players to break par in every round when she carded 69-67-71-69 for a 276 total – 16-under par.
COURSE REDESIGN TO PROVIDE A NEW ERA FOR RACV LADIES MASTERS
Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy announced today the 27th RACV Ladies Masters will be hosted by RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 25-28 February 2016.
In announcing the dates for the event, Mr Tuohy paid tribute to RACV, the title sponsor and event host; Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, who have supported the event since inception in 1990. “The RACV Ladies Masters has a proud history spanning three decades at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast and during this period it has seen many of the world’s best female golfers and rising stars contest the coveted Ladies Masters title. The players in next year’s Ladies Masters will for the first time experience the highly acclaimed, redeveloped 18-hole course layout at RACV Royal Pines establishing a new era for the event.”
The Graham Marsh designed course which was unveiled earlier this month for the Men’s Australian PGA Championship, will provide a totally new playing experience for the field in the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) co-sanctioned RACV Ladies Masters.
Victorian teenager Su Oh signalled her arrival as a world class player when she captured her first professional victory in only her second professional tournament in the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. With rounds of 69, 75, 72 and 69 Oh finished atop of the leaderboard at seven-under-par and three clear of 2009 champion Katherine Kirk (69) and England’s Florentyna Parker (69) and Charley Hull (73).
As Kirk (69) and Englishwomen Florentyna Parker(69) walked to the clubhouse sharing the lead at four under, Oh made her winning move. The teenager reeled off four straight birdies at the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th to finish in fine style. Outright fifth was Annie Choi, while six players finished at two-under-par including South African Lee-Anne Pace and leading amateur Rebecca Kay.
With words of encouragement from her idol Karrie Webb who texted her messages of support before her final round, “I spoke to Karrie. I asked her: ‘what do I need to do, you’ve won this eight times’,” she smiled.
Oh burst into tears of joy on the 18th green after tapping in her winning birdie putt, hugging her caddie father SG. “I got pretty emotional, didn’t I? That was a bit weird,” said the exuberant teenager.
TIGHT AT TOP - THREE SHARE LEAD
England’s Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and South Korean Annie Choi share the lead after the wind swept day at the RACV Ladies Masters. It was a day where the RACV Royal Pines course won, with the best score of the day one-under-par 72 which was had by a handful of players.
The leaderboard is jam packed with 17 players within four shots of the lead. The trio lead at four-under-par, Clyburn posted a one-over-par 74, while Choi and Hull had two-over-par rounds. The leaders will take a slender one shot lead into Sunday over Australian Su Oh (72), Norway’s Tonje Daffinrud (72) and second round leader Rebecca Artis.
Artis took at three shot lead into Saturday struggled in the conditions and carded a six-over-par 78, however she is right in the mix. Local 16-year-old amateur Rebecca Kay finished her round in style with an eagle and got the biggest cheer from the crowd on the 18th. Kay (73) shares seventh place with Malaysian Michelle Koh (72) and Chinese Taipei Ssu-Chia Cheng (74) at two-under-par.
WHAT A FIELD!
The field for the 2015 RACV Ladies Masters is just about set and what a high calibre field it is shaping up to be, with no less than six LPGA winners and over 25 Ladies European Tour winners ready to fight it out.
The 26th staging of the event will include representation from a record 28 countries. The 144 strong field will be gracing the fairways of the RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February on the Gold Coast.
LPGA winners include Sophie Gustafson, England’s Laura Davies, Queensland’s Katherine Kirk, Canadian Lorie Kane, South African Lee-Anne Pace and Australian great Rachel Hetherington.
EUROPEAN NO. 1 CHARLEY HULL CONFIRMED
The field for the 2015 RACV Ladies Masters is taking shape nicely with the confirmation that England’s young gun, Charley Hull will be competing for the title in February.
The 2014 Order of Merit winner on the Ladies European Tour will be one of the favourites when she walks the fairways of the RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February on the Gold Coast.
The talented Hull certainly enjoys the location of the tournament, “I love the fact that at the RACV Ladies Masters we can play golf in the morning and go to the Beach in the afternoon. That’s just about my perfect day! I’m really looking forward to being back on the Gold Coast this year. “ Hull stated.
KIRK LOOKING FOR RACV LADIES MASTERS TITLE NO. 2
Queensland’s Katherine Kirk will be vying for her second RACV Ladies Masters title in February.
The 2009 Ladies Masters Champion has confirmed she will be one of the stars teeing it up at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February on the magnificent Gold Coast.
The two times LPGA winner is coming off another solid season on the LPGA where she played 26 events, made the 21 cuts, posted two top 10 finishes, with her best finish T4 in the Marathon Classic. Kirk finished 60th on the Money List with US$266,743.
PACE CONFIRMED FOR RACV LADIES MASTERS
LPGA winner Lee-Anne Pace will be looking to get her 2015 off to a flying start at the RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast in February.
The 33-year-old is a confirmed starter at RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February, the 26th staging of the event.
The Rolex Ranked World No. 31 had a fantastic 2014 capturing her first LPGA victory in October at the Blue Bay LPGA in China and finishing 38th on the LPGA Money List with US$467,559.
October turned out to a month to remember for the talented South African as the week before she won her first LPGA title, she won her first national open, the Cell C Women’s South African Open in a playoff. It was the Pace’s ninth Ladies European Tour title.
CHEYENNE WOODS SET TO DEFEND RACV LADIES MASTERS TITLE
The effervescent Cheyenne Woods will return to the RACV Royal Pines Resort to defend her RACV Ladies Masters title in February next year.
Woods captured her first major professional victory earlier this year at RACV Royal Pines when she held off Australian teenage sensation Minjee Lee.
Woods said, “I am excited about returning to the Gold Coast. The reception I received from the Australian fans earlier this year is in my memory forever.”
“This will be the first time I return to a tournament as the defending champion, so it will be a totally new experience for me, but I’m looking forward it.”
Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy confirmed that RACV had stepped up its commitment to women’s golf, assuming the solo naming rights sponsorship for the 2015 RACV Ladies Masters to be played from 12 to 15 February. The event will again be co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf and celebrate its 26th year since inception in 1990.
American Cheyenne Woods secured her first major professional tournament when she held off a strong challenge from Australian amateur Minjee Lee to win the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast.
The 23-year-old shot a final round of four-under-par 69 on the RACV Royal Pines layout to finish the tournament at 16-under-par, two shots ahead of 17-year-old Lee who also posted a 69 to finish on 14-under-par. South African Stacy Lee Bregman (72) and Swede Camilla Lennarth (70) finished in a tie for third position at 12-under-par.
It's the best result in Woods' two-year professional career, with the interest in the niece of superstar Tiger Woods resulting in the American Golf Channel taking the final two hours of the broadcast live into the United States.
WOODS & BREGMAN LEAD MASTERS - DAY 2 WRAP
Matching pairs of 69 and 67 sees American Cheyenne Woods and South African Stacy Lee Bregman on top at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.
However, the biggest news came towards the end of the day, when defending champion, Karrie Webb was disqualified from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard. Webb inadvertently had forgotten about the change in par from 72 to 73 and thought she had signed for a two-over-par, when the scorer check person said 74 to her, she said that’s correct.
AMERICANS LEAD - DAY 1 WRAP
American Jessica Korda loves coming to Australia and it certainly showed when she carded a five-under-par 68 to be co-leader after the opening round of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played on the beautiful Gold Coast.
Korda shares the lead with fellow compatriot Katie Burnett who was out late in the day and birdied her last two holes, the 8th and 9th to join Korda at the top of the leaderboard.
ANOTHER COUP FOR LADIES MASTERS - YANI TSENG RETURNS
In a major coup, former Rolex World No.1 Yani Tseng, is returning to Gold Coast for the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.
Tseng, who first started playing in the event as a 16-year-old amateur, has a superb record at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. In seven appearances she has won once (2011) and posted another three top 5 finishes.
Tseng has been a superstar of women’s professional golf since 2010. In 2011, the Taiwanese player was dominating the women’s game, she started the year off perfectly with back-to-back wins in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and Volvik RACV Ladies Masters. Following the two wins in Australia, she fulfil one of her dreams, to become No.1 in the World.
SOLHEIM CUP STARS HEADING TO THE GOLD COAST
TA Golf is pleased to announce two of Team Europe’s best players from their Solheim Cup win are heading to the Gold Coast in February for the 25th staging of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.
Swede Caroline Hedwall and England’s Charley Hull will be taking on the likes of our own Karrie Webb, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Rebecca Artis, Stacey Keating, Kristie Smith and Lindsey Wright from the 6 to 9 February at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.
KORDA AND WOODS READY TO TAKE ON WEBB
Americans Jessica Korda and Cheyenne Woods will tee it up in the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played from 6 to 9 February at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.
The youthful pair is a great edition to the high caliber field being assembled for the 25th staging of the event.
Korda, is coming off a fantastic year on the LPGA. In just her third year as a professional, the talented golfer made the cut in all the 21 events she played in and posted six top 10 finishes, with her best finish being runner-up in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. She finished 25th on the Money List with US$593,389.
SISTERS OF SWING RETURN TO THE GOLD COAST
Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy announced today the Sisters of Swing will return to the Gold Coast for the 25th Annual Volvik RACV Ladies Masters hosted by the RACV Royal Pines Resort between February 6-9, 2014.
The Volvik RACV Ladies Masters will revert to a seventy-two hole tournament with increased money.
Mr Tuohy acknowledged the on going support of Korean Golf Ball Manufacturer Volvik together with long standing event partners RACV, Tourism and Events Queensland, the Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Tourism.
WEBB WEAVES HER MAGIC FOR NO.8
Australian Karrie Webb has won the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters for an incredible eighth time and in doing so she equals Sam Sneads record of winning the same event eight times.
Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times in a run spanning four decades. Webb first won here in 1998 and her most recent victory was 2010.
Webb, who started the final round two shots behind teenagers, Su-Hyun Oh and Ariya Jutanugarn, fired a flawless round of five under par 67 to finish at top of the leaderboard at 13-under-par and two clear of the field at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
TEENAGERS LEAD BUT WEBB WITHIN STRIKE
16-year-old Australian amateur Su-Hyun Oh will calm her nerves by eating cookies and cream ice-cream as she shares the lead heading into the final round of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.
Oh carded an impressive eight-under-par 64 and sits atop of the leaderboard at 10-under-par with rookie Ariya Jutanugarn (65) from Thailand.
American Jessica Korda (68) and Australian Stacey Keating (67) are just one back, while another Australian and seven-time Masters champion Karrie Webb (66) and South Korean Chella Choi (67) are right in contention at eight-under-par.
WALSHE SURGES TO THE TOP
American Alison Walshe sits atop of the leaderboard after the opening round of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
On a sunny day Walshe, who was out in one of the last groups, surged to the top with a flawless round of six-under-par 66. The 27-year-old holds a slender one shot advantage of fellow compatriot Jessica Korda, who was at the top of the leaderboard for the majority of the day after teeing off early.
WEBB RETURNS TO MASTERS
World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb is feeling refreshed and keen to start 2013 off right foot by adding another Volvik RACV Ladies Masters trophy to her collection of wins.
Webb, who won the Masters an incredible seven-times, will be vying for number eight come Sunday afternoon at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
The 38-year-old went winless for the first time in her illustrious career in 2012, but for her, it was one of her most consistent years in recent times. In 2012 on the LPGA she posted seven top 10 finishes including a runner-up finish at the Evian Masters and finished the year 12th on the LPGA Money List with US$884,973.
CHRISTEL READY TO DEFEND
The weather is clearing and the players are ready to tee it up in the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played this Friday to Sunday at the magnificent RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Defending champion Christel Boeljon is excited to back at the course she triumphed at 12 months ago.
"There are definitely good vibes coming back to a course you've done well at." Boeljon said.
KARRIE WEBB RETURNS TO LADIES MASTERS IN 2013
Australia’s greatest female golfer, Karrie Webb has confirmed she will return to the Gold Coast for the 2013 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters being played from 1 to 3 February at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.
The World Golf Hall of Famer, who missed her first Ladies Masters earlier this year, is looking forward to returning to a place that she has had such an incredible record. Webb has won no less than seven times, finished runner-up four times and posted another four top 10 finishes.
2013 VOLVIK RACV LADIES MASTERS
Tournament Chairman, Bob Tuohy announced today Korean golf ball manufacturer Volvik would join RACV as the Co-Title Sponsor for the 2013 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, scheduled to be played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort between February 1-3, 2013.
RACV Managing Director and CEO, Colin Jordan, welcomed Volvik as the co-title sponsor and event partner, and was delighted that RACV Royal Pines Resort would host the Ladies Masters for the twenty-second consecutive year.
BOELJON IS THE 2012 CHAMPION - FINAL DAY WRAP
Dutchwoman Christel Boeljon won the 2012 Gold Coast RACV Ladies Masters by one shot in dramatic fashion.
Starting the day three shots behind South Korean So Yeon Ryu, Boeljon held her nerve all day and critically on 18 when she sunk her 1.5m putt for the victory.
Boeljon posted a solid four under 68 to take the title over Ryu, who shot even par 72, and the fast finishing duo of Italian Diana Luna and South Korean Ha Neul Kim. All three completed their tournament on 20 under.
RYU STILL THE ONE TO BEAT
After yesterday’s exciting eleven under round, it looked like South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu would run away with the Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters but no one told that to her main chaser, the Netherlands Christel Boeljon.
Even though Ryu opened up a five shot lead over the Dutchwoman early in today’s round at Royal Pines, Boeljon remained patient and was able to capitalise when the normally solid South Korean blinked on nine with a bogey.
Boeljon then applied the pressure on the back nine with two great birdies on holes 11 and 12, while Ryu’s flat stick suddenly went cold and her irons into the greens weren’t quite as radar like as yesterday.
RYU'S MASTER CLASS AT ROYAL PINES
South Korean So Yeon Ryu soared to the top of the leaderboard after firing an incredible 11-under par 61, which included 12 birdies and one lone bogey at the Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters.
The reigning US Open Champion Ryu set two records at the RACV Royal Pines Resort today but unfortunately neither feat will be given official status.
Due to the soaking the course has received over the past week, players have been able to take preferred lies on the closely mown areas, and the altered playing conditions means the records won’t stand.
LEE LEADS AUSTRALIAN LADIES MASTERS
South Korean Bo-Mee Lee holds a one shot advantage after a flawless opening round today at the Gold Coast RACV Ladies Masters being played at Royal Pines.
The 23-year-old fired a bogey free seven-under-par 65 to lead fellow South Koreans, So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo and Christel Boeljon from the Netherlands, who are tied in second one shot back.
Lee, who was the Korean LPGA player of the Year in 2010 now plies her trade on the Japanese circuit, said today's round was one where everything just worked.
YOUNG GUNS VERSUS THE ESTABLISHED STARS
It will be a case of the young guns versus the established stars when the 23rd Gold Coast RACV Ladies Masters tees off this week at Queensland’s Royal Pines Golf Course.
The youngest player to win a professional tournament in history, New Zealand’s 14-year-old amateur Lydia Ko and 16-year-old USLPGA winner, Lexi Thompson will take on the old guard of past Masters winners, Queenslander Katherine Hull and England’s Laura Davies.
ANOTHER MAJOR CHAMPION ON THE WAY TO THE GOLD COAST
US Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu is heading to the Gold Coast for the RACV Australian Ladies Masters from 2 to 5 February.
The 21-year old from South Korea has confirmed she will be joining fellow 2011 major championship winner American Stacy Lewis and teenage sensation Lexi Thompson, in what is shaping up to be another thrilling event with an array of talented players from all around the world converging on the RACV Royal Pines Resort.
LEXI AND STACY LEAD SISTERS OF SWING - 'BACK TO THE FUTURE'
Major championship winner Stacy Lewis and American teenage sensation Lexi Thompson are leading the way “back to the future” at next year’s Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines. The 2012 event will be played from 2nd to 5th of February.
In the first of several player announcements, Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy was thrilled to confirm that Lewis and Thompson will be teeing it up.
SISTERS OF SWING RETURN TO THE GOLD COAST
TA Golf, Event Organisers of the RACV Australian Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast announced the tournament would be played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast between February 2-5, 2012 under co-sanction status with the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG).
TSENG CLAIMS LADIES MASTERS AND WORLD NO. 1 SPOT
Taiwan's Yani Tseng shot a closing 68 to win the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters at the Royal Pines resort and claimed the world No. 1 ranking from Korean Jiyai Shin.
Tseng, 22, who has played the Ladies Masters on Queensland's Gold Coast since she was a 16-year-old amateur, produced rounds f 67, 66, 63 and 68 against par of 72 to finish at 24 under par, four shots clear of Australia's Nikki Campbell and American Stacy Lewis.
TAIWAN'S YANI TSENG SURGED TO A COMMANDING 3-SHOT LEAD
Taiwan's Yani Tseng surged to a commanding 3-shot lead after firing a superb bogey-free 9-under par 63 during the third round of the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters being played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.
On another fine day, the Rolex World No.2 posted 9 birdies in her flawless round to sit at 20-under par. The three-time Major winner got off to a flying start posting birdies on the first three holes, before posting another on the 9th to go out in 33. Another five birdies on the way in saw her come home in 30.
LEWIS, SMITH TAKE NARROW LEAD INTO THE WEEKEND
American Stacy Lewis and Australian Kristie Smith take a narrow lead in into the third round of the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters after shooting identical rounds of 67 and 65 at the Royal Pines resort on Queensland's Gold Coast.
This left them at 12 under par and a shot clear of world No. 2 Yani Tseng who left the course frustrated despite shooting a bogey-free 66 against par of 72.
FIRST ROUND REPORT AT ANZ RACV LADIES MASTERS
The leader board is crowded but Karrie Webb is unconcerned after a solid start to her seventh defence of the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters title at the Royal Pines resort on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Webb shot a six under par total of 66 with two bogeys to be tied in the lead with compatriot Karen Lunn, Spain's Maria Hernandez, Eun-Hee Ji of Korea, France's Cassandra Kirkland and Diana Luna of Italy.
CAN WEBB MAKE IT TITLE NUMBER EIGHT?
The question on everyone lips is 'can she do it again, for an incredible eighth time?. Yes, they are talking about Karrie Webb (OAM) arguably Australia’s best ever golfer. The Queenslander has won the Ladies Masters an amazing seven times and will be gunning for number eight when the ANZ RACV Ladies Masters gets under way at the RAVC Royal Pines Resort this Thursday.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES AT ANZ RACV LADIES MASTERS
World beaters keep on coming to play at RACV Royal Pines
The 2011 ANZ RACV Ladies Masters will continue its tradition of showcasing the finest golfing talent and discovering a new generation of world beaters.
RACV JOINS ANZ IN NEW LOOK LADIES MASTERS
TA Golf, Organiser’s of the Ladies Masters announced today the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) would join long standing Title Sponsor ANZ as the Co-Title Sponsor of the Ladies Masters from 2011.
WEBB SUPREME FOR 7TH ANZ TITLE
The much anticipated battle between the undisputed champion of Australian Women's golf, Karrie Webb, and arguably her heir apparent and the defending champion of the ANZ Masters, Katherine Hull, appeared as if it might become a reality on day four of the event at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. Webb would eventually run out the winner by a massive six shots over Hull and Korean Bo Mee Lee but she was pressed hard in the first 14 holes today before extinguishing the challenge of Hull and others and then waltzing to an emphatic victory, her 7th in the past 13 stagings of the event.
BLUMENHERST AND LIM LEAD AT ANZ LADIES MASTERS
First round leader, Amanda Blumenherst, birdied her final hole of the day to join the early second round leader Ji-Na Lim in the lead at the completion of 36 holes at the ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. That pair enjoys a two shot break over Australians Karrie Webb, Katherine Hull and Tamie Durdin and Koreans Seo Yeon Ryu and Hee-Kyung Seo.
ANZ LADIES MASTERS COUP
Queensland can boast a piece of golfing history following today’s confirmation that the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters has secured the strongest field ever assembled for a golf tournament in this country. The prestigious event, to be contested at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Queensland’s Gold Coast between the 4 and 7 March has confirmed the appearance of three of the four major champions from 2009.
EUROPEAN NO. 1 - SOPHIE GUSTAFSON CONFIRMED FOR ANZ LADIES MASTER
2009 European No.1 Sophie Gustafson has confirmed she will return to the ANZ Ladies Masters for the first time in six years when she tees it up at the RACV Royal Pines Resort between 4 and 7 March 2010.
MAJOR CHAMPION HEADING TO ANZ LADIES MASTERS
2009 LPGA Major, Tour Championship and Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year winner Anna Nordqvist will make her first appearance in Australia as a professional when she competes at the ANZ Ladies Masters to be played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland in March.
DATE CHANGE FOR ANZ LADIES MASTERS AND WOMEN'S OPEN
Warren Sevil, CEO of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Inc announced today that in co-operation with Co-Sanction Partners, The Ladies European Tour, Tuohy Associates, promoters of the ANZ Ladies Masters, Golf Australia, organisers of the Women’s Australian Open and other key stake holders, the dates for the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters and the Women's Australian Open Championship have been rescheduled from the previously published dates.
HULL TO DEFEND ANZ LADIES MASTERS
Sunshine Coast girl Katherine Hull will return home to defend her ANZ Ladies Masters title at the RACV Royal Pines Resort early next year.
Hull, 27, was in superb form when she beat a star-studded field that included six-time winner Karrie Webb, reigning US LPGA champion Yani Tseng and reigning British Open champion Jiyai Shin in March.
THREE AUSSIES IN ROLEX RANKINGS TOP 15
For the first time since the introduction of the Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings three Australians figure in the Top-15 players in the world. Following last week’s runner-up finish at the year’s second major, the McDonald’s LPGA Championship, Lindsey Wright has jumped 17 places to be ranked No.12. 6 Time ANZ Ladies Masters Champion Karrie Webb remains the highest ranked Australian at No.10 with fellow Queenslander and current ANZ Ladies Masters Champion Katherine Hull the third Australian at No. 13.
TOURNAMENT WRAP UP
Australian Katherine Hull cruised to a five stroke victory at the ANZ Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Australia on Sunday and confirmed her status as one of her country’s fastest rising sporting stars. Hull, who began the final round with a three stroke lead over compatriot Tamie Durdin, recorded a winning total of 16-under-par 272.
The 26-year old LPGA Tour regular fired rounds of 69, 67, 68 and 68 and became only the third Australian to win the tournament in its 20-year history, after Jane Crafter and Karrie Webb. “If anyone would have said to me that I would shoot four rounds in the 60s I would have been absolutely ecstatic,” said Hull, who collected a winner’s cheque for $90,000.
AUSSIES CHASING INTERNATIONAL LEADERBOARD
(RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast)
Cherie Byrnes, Katherine Hull, Nikki Campbell and amateur Rebecca Flood lead the Australian charge after the first round of the ANZ Ladies Masters. They all fired rounds of 3-under par 69 to be two off the pace heading into Friday.
'Ai-54' BOOSTS STRONGEST FIELD EVER
The incredibly strong field of the ANZ Ladies Masters has been further boosted by the inclusion of Japanese sensation Ai Miyazato.
Runner-up to Karrie Webb in 2005, Miyazato, 23, joins a line-up that includes three current major winners - In-Bee Park (US Open), Yani Tseng (LPGA Championship) and Ji-Yai Shin (British Open).
ANZ LADIES MASTERS ACHIEVES AUSTRALIAN FIRST
US Open winner for Masters
US Open Champion In-Bee Park will join the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the ANZ Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast next March.
Park joins LPGA Champion and US LPGA Rookie of the Year, Yani Tseng (world #2) and RICOH British Open Champion Ji-Yai Shin (world #6), in undoubtedly the strongest lineup ever assembled in Australian golf.
MAJOR WINNERS FOR MASTERS
Tseng and Shin confirmed for ANZ Ladies Masters
the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast provided even greater cause for celebration of its 20th anniversary when the tournament’s promoters Tuohy Associates today announced that two of the most outstanding young talents in female golf are now confirmed for the event.
ANZ LADIES MASTERS 20 YEARS OF HITS
The ANZ Ladies Masters reaches a significant milestone in 2009 when the event celebrates 20 years as one of Australia’s leading golf tournaments. A close look at the history of the event highlights the tournament’s importance to not only Australian golf but to world golf generally and in 2009 it promises to again showcase many of the game’s established and emerging stars.
ROYAL PINES RESORT QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
England’s Lisa Hall fired a six-under-par 66 to take a one stroke victory at the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia on Sunday.
Hall came from one stroke behind the three overnight leaders Hyun Ju Shin, Tamie Durdin and the defending champion Karrie Webb to post a three round winning total of 13-under-par 203.
Hall, playing in the penultimate three-ball, had posted her score as Shin stood on the 18th tee tied for the lead on 13 under. Hoping for a play-off, Hall watched from the back of the 18th green as Shin, from South Korea, putted.
Shin had a 25 foot birdie chance for the title, but left it four feet short, and then missed the second putt, effectively handing Hall the title.