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World Ladies Championship, Inbee Park Prevails

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Inbee Park prevails at the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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Inbee sailed round the Blackstone Course in -6 under par 67, for a winning tournament total of -24 under par. On on a damp and drizzly day that made scoring a lot more difficult,  after those first three days of sunshine, Inbee won by five shots  in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills.

Inbee mentioned the weather in her post match interview;

“Today was obviously the toughest day out there because of the weather. Everything seems to be working quite well for me, from ball striking to putting. Everything was great today so I’m just happy to be here and win my first tournament of 2014.”

“Last year I was leading going into the final round and I lost to Suzann. I knew that I left something out there last year so coming back this year I definitely wanted to win and that’s what I just did. I had good memories from last year and better memories from this year, so I’m happy to be here. It has been a fantastic tournament.”

 “Being in a team with So Yeon this year gave me a lot of confidence. Winning the individual and the team event is a huge honour, a double honour, so I’m very happy.”

Team event winners, So Yeon and Inbee / Getty

Second placed Suzann could only put together a final round of -1 under par 72, to finish the competition at -19 under par. She was disappointed, but will be back to play Mission Hills again;

“There’s room for improvement but it’s been a good week overall. My game has become a lot better over the week and I’ll be happy to come back and play this course again. Inbee played fantastic today under a little tougher conditions. There were a few extra elements of weather that we hadn’t seen earlier but I feel like I played average, nothing better. I didn’t go out and shoot six under like she did.

So Yeon Ryu took third place at a distant – 16 under par, after her last round -4 under par 69, but with Inbee were the runaway winners of the concurrent team competition, with their aggregate score of -40 under par;

“It’s always a great honor to represent your country but also gave me some pressure because I didn’t want to play badly in the team event. That gave me a lot of motivation.”

Winner of the Amateur competition was Minjee Lee, the 17-year-old from Australia birdied three of the last four holes for a -4 under par 69 and a share of fourth place on -15 under par with Ariya Jutanugarn .

This has been a fascinating competition, just wished they had used a standard par 72 course, the par fives on the Blackstone Course are too short for the quality players on the Ladies European Tour.

L.E.T. World Ladies Championship. Defending Champion Suzann Starts Well.

dragon logo darkMission HillsSuzann Pettersen has started well in her quest to retain her World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

Defending Champion Suzann Pettersen / Getty

 Suzann opened the tournament with a -6 under-par 67 on the Blackstone Course at the Mission Hills Resort in the defense of her title. She Eagled the par five second hole and picked up three more birdies on the other par fives;

“I played a lot of good golf today and felt like I had a lot of great chances. I feel like you’ve really got to take advantage of the par fives out here. You only have some mid irons into some of them and I had one eagle, should have had two. I missed a very short eagle putt on six, so overall it was a pretty solid start.”

She also revealed some details of the man behind the ropes who had been following her and encouraging her all day long;

“He’s my boyfriend, we’re both Norwegian, we’re the same age and from the same town. We met through common friends. He’s an ex-skier who used to ski when he was younger. He has a great understanding of the lifestyle we live and the sacrifices we make and really respects our hours on the golf course so it’s very helpful and great to have someone you can share what you do with.”

Just one behind at -5 under par is World No.1 amateur Minjee Lee, who shares second place with Ye Na Chung.

Minjee was very happy to have played alongside Inbee Park, the World number one;

“It feels good to be up there but it’s only the first round so anything can happen. I’m in a good position and I don’t feel like I’m out of place. I feel like I can play with the pros and it was pretty cool playing with Inbee.”

Tied in third place are Trish Johnson, Valentine Derrey, Gwladys Nocera and Inbee Park, all at -4 under par.

Gwladys also enjoyed being in contention;

“Anything on top of the leader board is good and I feel really good about shooting that score today on the first round.”

Minjee Lee Wins First Pro Tournament. The Oates Vic Open

dragon logo darkMinjee Lee won her first Pro Tournament, at the Oates Vic Open, at the Beach Course at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Minjee Lee / Getty

Minjee, the current Australian amateur champion, fired a final round of -6 under-par 68, to top the leaderboard at -16 under par. Her effort beat the field by a margin of six shots, an unbelievable result;

 “It feels unbelievable, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, I’m pretty happy and just stoked that I have won. I saw the leaderboard after fifteen, and I was like, I just have to finish nicely and I’ll be OK.”

 Second place went to Scotland’s Vikki Laing, who somehow came from nowhere at the halfway point, to fire rounds of 67 and 66 to finish at -10 under-par for tournament.

As Minjee is still an amateur, Vikki takes home the money, a cheque for $22,500.

In third spot was was Sarah Jane Smith, who shot a last round of 73 to finish  on -8 under par.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Amazing Karrie Webb Wins

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In an amazing performance Karrie Webb wins the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club.

Karrie Webb / Getty Images

Karrie carded a -4 under par 68 final round to lift the trophy with a total of -12 under par at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Karrie said she  had made the best of the windy conditions today and what a difference from the DQ last week;

“I feel very fortunate to have won today. But I liked my chances at the start of the day because of the wind picking up.  If we had another day like we had the first three days, I probably was a little too far back to have a chance, so I was thankful for the weather changing and I played as good as I have in a very long time.”

“I was hitting some quality shots early on and I realised that I’d gotten into that mindset and so I stayed on top of myself to make sure that that’s what I did and never tried to hit a shot.  I just played the shot that the conditions dictated. It’s amazing what happens, what a difference a week makes.  Obviously this time last week I wouldn’t be expecting to be sitting here, so I’m glad things changed around quickly for me.”

Overnight leader Chella Choi was in second place, just one shot off the lead at -11 under par. A drive out of bounds on the second hole was her undoing;

“I went out of bounds on the right hand side and that was a really big problem for me. It was a hard game today. I didn’t like that part but Karrie played so good today.”

Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko and Karine Icher finished tied in  third place at -10 under par.

Teenage sensation Australian Amateur champion Minjee Lee finished in a tie for 11th place, as the leading amateur, after slipping down the leaderboard with a final round of +6 over par 78 in the windy conditions. Karrie heaped praise on the 17-year old from Perth;

“She’s got more talent in her little finger than I ever did at seventeen.  She should hold her head up high.  She’s played very well the last two weeks, probably the best out of anyone consistently the last two weeks.  She should be really proud of herself.  You’ll definitely see a lot more of her.”

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open, Chella & Minjee Lead.

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Chella Choi and Minjee Lee lead the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 3 at Victoria Golf Club.

17 year-old Aussie amateur Minjee Lee / Getty

It was a -4 under par 68 Minjee described as a mission, and it has booked her spot in the final group for the second consecutive week, and says playing with a smile on her face is the game-plan;

“Well obviously to make as many birdies as possible but just keep it in play and just keep hitting good shots and getting it close so I can hole the putt, because they weren’t really going in.  I’m happy with 4-under, I’m stoked with 4-under really.  I just play, I think it kind of lightens it up a little bit because I’m smiling all the time.  I have a good chat with my caddie. I think the game plan is always the same.  It’s been working so far, so why change it.”

Chella also enjoys playing, and tries to stay focused, it worked today as she fired a -10 under par 62 which included two Eagles, this was the first time she had accomplished two of them in one round;

Choi is chasing her first victory since turning professional in 2008

Chella Choi / Getty

“I try to enjoy playing and just focus on one shot and one shot and just keep putting.  I think if I just always hit the green, I have a lot of birdie chances.  So I focused on just my shot, before the shot and then shot. I don’t know why I played ten under today, it’s just amazing. I made two eagles today, so first time.”

The leaders are at -13 under par for the tournament, and will tee off together tomorrow morning.

Lydia Ko  is in third place at -11 under par following her -3 under par third round 69.

Suzann Pettersen is next at -10 under par, she stumbled through round three carding an even par 72. There are then eight players who are tied in fifth place at -9 under par. The list includes overnight leader, Caroline Hedwall, Morgan Pressel, Amelia Lewis, Holly Clyburn, Karine Icher and Marianne Skarpnord.

Karrie Webb recorded a -4 under par 68 to move to -8 under par, a full five strokes behind the leaders.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Headwall Heads at Half-Way.

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Caroline Hedwall heads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the half-way stage at the Victoria Golf Club.

Caroline Hedwall.

Caroline Hedwall / Getty

Caroline carded a second round of -7 under par 65, which included a hole in one at the par three sixteenth, an Eagle at the par five eighth, five birdies and sadly two bogey’s, for a total of -11 under par. She said that playing with confidence was the key to her amazing round, but she did not see the ace go in the hole;

” I’m very happy with how I’m striking the ball and my putting is getting better and better, so I definitely feel like I have a lot of confidence. Yesterday I hit a full 7-iron over the green and it was basically the same yardage today, so I hit a soft one and it covered the pin all the way and then I just saw it bounce once and hit the pin.  But I didn’t see it go in.”

” I’m driving pretty well, I missed a couple of drives yesterday and today but I managed to save a couple of bogeys and I’m still making a lot of birdies and also eagles. ‘I love everything about this place.”

Suzann Petterson is still very much in the hunt, recording a second round of -4 under par 68 for her tournament total of -10 under par. Suzann admitted it was not her best golf today, but was happy with the result.

“Today was not the best day, but when I had a good chance I kind of executed.”

Australian amateur Minjee Lee is still there, carding a second round of -5 under par 67, which included an Eagle 2 at the first hole, for a total of -9 under par. She finished runner-up in last week’s Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, and continues with  her excellent recent form;

“Yeah, I’m in good form.  I’m confident in my game and I’m playing good. It was such a slow start, I started with nine pars. I was just patient, and it came together late in the round.”

Lydia Ko is another shot back at -8 under par after shooting another -4 under par 68 round, and shares fourth place at -8 under par with Holly Clyburn and Anna Nordqvist. Anna had a very quiet round, despite setting a course record at Victoria off the women’s tees, with a -8 under par round of 64, she explained afterwards;

”I woke up with no voice this morning, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Among those missing the cut are Lexi Thompson, Gwladys Nocera, Charley Hull and Laura Davies.

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open.

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Suzann Petterson leads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 1 at Victoria Golf Club

Suzann Petterson/ Getty

 

Suzann shot an opening round of -6 under par 66, which gave her a slender one shot lead at the conclusion of the first days play in the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club. She was very pleased with her effort, and was confident about her ability;

“I felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of good chances, putted, for the most part, well.  It was a little bit of a mixture but 66 opening round, I’m very, very happy. I really just want to see how good I can be.  I know I’m good, if I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I’m working on. I just want to see how far I can get and I don’t really measure myself up against other players, they’re just my competitors.”

Jaclyn Sweeny and Hee Young Park are tied in second place at -5 under par after their first rounds of 67.

Lovely Lydia Ko is in the huge bunch of ten players at -4 under par, two strokes off the lead. Among those are; Azahara Munoz, Sydnee Michaels, Holly Clyburn and Paula Creamer. The leading Australian ladies are also at -4 under par,  Minjee Lee, the amateur, Karrie Webb and  Sarah-Jane Smith

Lydia was upset at making bogey on a par five;

“It was a really good round.  I made a couple of silly mistakes like making a bogey on eight, which was a par 5.  Most of the time you make a birdie, then a bogey, so I was a little upset about that but then I kind of finished it well with another birdie.”

VOLVIK RACV Ladies Masters. Cheyenne Claims Lead.

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Cheyenne Woods has claimed the lead going into the final day of the VOLVIK RACV Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

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Cheyenne shot a third round -2 under par 71, to take a one shot lead into the final round on Sunday in the VOLVIK RACV Ladies Masters at -12 under par. The young American  is looking to capture her first major professional tournament on the RACV Royal Pines layout, but has  Stacy Lee Bregman and Australian Amateur champion Minjee Lee who will be trying to spoil the party.

Cheyenne admitted to a few nerves;

“It took a few holes to get settled in and then when I just kept missing those putts it was hard to really get on that roll, but I was able to recover and I felt great out there, talking with the girls and just kind of having a relaxing day.  It was definitely rough getting started but once I was through half the front and towards the back I really got settled in and I played really well. “

“Today was not as easy as the past few days. But I think this was one of my better rounds. I was able to pull myself together and really fight through that back nine. I really grinded it out today, and I told my caddy today was the day to grind it out, it was a little windier, the greens were firm so I was really proud of my play today. It would be a huge accomplishment, playing well this week. I’m already happy with the way it’s been going, but to have that win would just be a cherry on top, especially to start off my year.”

Stacy Lee Bregman is close behind at -11 under par following her third round of -1 under par 72 and is playing well;

“Definitely looking forward to tomorrow, especially the way I played today. I’ve hit it really good, just a pity about some of the putts. I have been playing good and I can only just hope for the best, and just play the best that I can.  Just going to go out and enjoy it, it is all a learning curve, if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t, you just have to take it as it comes.”

Surprise package is Australian teenager amateur Minjee Lee who is in third place on her own at -10 under par for the tournament, carding a third round of -4 under par 69. She is feeling fine and playing her own game;

“I will just cruise and go with the flow I guess and play my own game and see where it takes me.”

Australian Amateur Championships, Smith and Lee Win.

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Cameron Smith and Minjee Lee.

Cameron Smith and Minjee Lee / Snapeture Sports

Australian Amateur Championships, presented by Audi, were won by Cameron Smith on the mens tournament  and Minjee Lee for the Ladies.

Minjee Lee cruised to a 6&5 victory over Australian based Korean Jenny Lee. Minjee had control for most of this match, and it was a chance for the Royal Fremantle member to go one better than her narrow loss in the final in 2011, to Lydia Ko.

Minjee feels it was a great reward;

“It feels amazing, it’s such an honor to win this tournament. It’s been a long week so it’s a great reward. I felt I could always get back up if I was down. Mum said afterwards she was going to have a heart attack a couple of times, but she’s proud of me. “

With this win Minjee has earned an exemption into next months LPGA event the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club, and she is really looking forward to that challenge;

” I’s an LPGA event so it will have a great field and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Cameron was at one stage  five down to Commonwealth member Geoff Drakeford, but  fought his way back to win his maiden Australian Amateur title with a 3&2 victory.

Cameron said he was gobsmacked;

” I’m gobsmacked, I can’t even believe I came back from that. I played some good shots and put him under pressure and holed some putts. I thought if I could him get down the last hole I was in with a shot,  but turns out I got it done before that which was quite nice. Mum was pretty stoked when I told her, she was just yelling and couldn’t get a word out. It’s definitely a good start to 2013 and hopefully this form can carry through to the next few tournaments.”

 

Australia Amateur Championships,Womens Final will be Lee versus Lee

 

Australian Amateur

Mens Final will be contested between Geoff Drakeford and Cameron Smith, this is the first time either player has reached the finals.

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Geoff Drakeford, Jenny Lee, Cameron Smith and Minjee Lee

The Womens final is between Jenny Lee and Minjee Lee on Sunday at Commonwealth Golf Club, Melbourne.

Minjee, making her second appearance in the final, and is looking to go one better after her narrow loss in 2011. The 36 hole final will  begin at 8.30am with the second 18 commencing at 1.00pm. The Australian Women’s Amateur champion earns an exemption into the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra in February.

 

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