Women’s Australian Open golf: New course rotation, 2019 dates confirmed

ADELAIDE has been rewarded for its successful staging of the past three Women’s Australian Open golf tournaments by securing the event until 2021.

Scott WalshThe AdvertiserMay 29, 20181:17pm

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko holds the trophy after winning the Women’s Australian Open at Kooyonga Golf Club this year. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

NEXT year’s Women’s Australian Open will return to The Grange Golf Club under a three-year agreement stamped this morning, Golf Australia has confirmed.

And the international tournament will retain the popular late-summer timeslot in 2019, running from February 14-17.

Under the fresh agreement between Golf Australia and the SA government, Royal Adelaide will host the 2020 event, followed by Kooyonga in 2021.

The new rotation confirms Glenelg Golf Club — renowned for its superb condition but considered too tight on space to accommodate the crowds the Women’s Australian Open attracts — remains off the host list.

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February 15, 2018. Former world No.1 Lydia Ko speaks to reporters in Adelaide after carding a four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the women’s Australian Open in Adelaide. Australia’s Hannah Green is the leading local in the clubhouse, at three under, as compatriots including Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee play their afternoon rounds. (AAP Video/Steve Larkin)

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    “We have had tremendous support from all in South Australia, no more so than with our host clubs in the past three years,” Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said.

    “So it’s with great delight that we will return to the same clubs again for the next three years.

    “After we leave The Grange next February, the 2020 edition will be at Royal Adelaide and then in 2021 we’ll be back at Kooyonga.

    “It’s a replication of the rotation we’ve just completed in our first three-year term in Adelaide and with the response collectively that we’ve enjoyed from fans who’ve attended, the LPGA and its players and the clubs themselves, we’re delighted to chart a similar path for our second to give everyone certainty to plan and enhance.”

    Though it is not yet confirmed, it is expected the 2019 tournament at The Grange will be played on the west course that staged the 2016 event.

    South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the extended relationship was a reflection of the record crowds that continue to support the women’s national championship.

    Karrie Webb on the 15th at this year’s ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at Kooyonga in February. Picture: SARAH REED

    Karrie Webb on the 15th at this year’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Kooyonga in February. Picture: SARAH REEDSource:News Corp Australia

    “The attendance at Kooyonga last February was 33,277 — the most people who’ve ever come to watch the Women’s Australian Open and we are delighted that the event strikes a chord with the people of South Australia,” he said.

    “But we’re also encouraged to see the national and international reach of the tournament continue to expand and with so many of the LPGA’s great players so happy to come from all corners to play our fabulous courses, the exposure it generates for us a global destination and the boost to our visitor economy are both brilliant.”

    LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said his players would be thrilled to learn a return visit to Adelaide would be on their agenda as the destination for the first tournament of its 2019 Asia-Pacific swing.

    “It has been fantastic to watch this event grow in Australia since we joined in partnership with Golf Australia in 2012,” Whan said.

    “The LPGA Tour is now played in 14 countries around the world and features players from 31 countries in every point of the globe and Australia will continue to be a very important stop for us.

    “The LPGA players love heading ‘Down Under’ and Adelaide’s wonderful courses will no doubt be great tests for the world’s best players.”

    Originally published as SA to fore in three-year Australian Open coup

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