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Round 4 - Meghan MacLaren wins first LET title in Australia

March 04, 2018

England’s Meghan MacLaren held her overnight lead to win the Women’s New South Wales Open and claim her first Ladies European Tour title in Australia.

MacLaren, 23, from Northamptonshire, carded a level par final round in hot and humid conditions to finish on 10-under-par at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.

Meghan MacLaren, Women's NSW Open 2018

LET rookies Casey Danielson from the United States and Marita Engzelius from Norway ended two back alongside Silvia Bañon from Spain.

MacLaren’s first Ladies European Tour win comes in her 11th event, but she had previously won two titles on the LET Access Series as well as the circuit’s order of merit in 2017.

The second-year professional looked on course for the win after making two birdies in her first three holes to build a four-stroke advantage. Although she bogeyed the seventh, she made another gain at the ninth, to hold four-shot lead through the turn.

Danielson had four birdies on the front nine and added another at the 12th, but there were no further gains and it wasn’t enough to beat MacLaren, who three-putted the 13th and dropped another shot after missing the 17th green.

Engzelius, a former Symetra Tour player competing in only her second LET event, also had a level par round featuring a bogey at the seventh and a birdie at the 11th and second-year professional Bañon had a steady round of three-under, but two strokes was the closest they came all day.

“It feels incredible. I didn’t think those words would be coming out of my mouth so soon!” said MacLaren, who thanked her dad, Staysure Tour CEO David MacLaren, for carrying the bag over the weekend.

“All parts of my game were good. To go out there today and to still feel in control of my ball striking and all of that, it gave me a little bit of margin for error towards the end.

“I played well in the few events that I played last year, but you’ve got to be patient. It can take some players years before they get over the line. To do it now gives me a lot of confidence.

“I struggled a little bit out here in Australia and had a few ups and downs with my game, but you only have to look at the pictures back home in England to know that that’s not the place to be. The course set-up every single week over the last few weeks has been fantastic. Both the LET and the ALPG have done a fantastic job.”

Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth tied for fifth with Germany’s Olivia Cowan, Lydia Hall of Wales and Australian Sarah Kemp on seven-under, with fellow Australian Rebecca Artis, Swede Daniela Holmqvist and Austrian Sarah Schober a shot back.

MacLaren joins a select list of Women’s New South Wales Open champions, including former world number ones Dame Laura Davies (2008) and Lydia Ko (2012), European Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall (2011 and 2013) and 2015 champion Holly Clyburn, in the fourth and final Australian event co-sanctioned by the LET and the ALPG in 2018.

The Ladies European Tour now heads to South Africa for the Investec South African Women’s Open in Cape Town.

Pos.
Player
Prize Money
To Par
Total
R1
R2
R3
R4
1
Meghan Maclaren
14,264.45
-10
274
71
67
65
71
2
Silvia Banon
6,181.26
-8
276
66
73
69
68
2
Marita Engzelius
6,181.26
-8
276
71
66
68
71
2
Casey Danielson
6,181.26
-8
276
70
72
68
66

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Round 3 - Meghan MacLaren fires PB 65 to take NSW lead

March 03, 2018

England’s Meghan MacLaren fired her best score on the Ladies European Tour – a six-under-par 65 – to move to 10-under-par and take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s New South Wales Open in Australia.

The 23-year-old from Rushton in Northamptonshire carded eight birdies and two bogeys in fine conditions on day three at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.

Meghan MacLaren, R3 Women's NSW Open

She is two ahead of Norwegian rookie Marita Engzelius, with Australian Rebecca Artis, Thailand’s Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras and Silvia Bañon three strokes further back in tied third.

“I’m delighted. I played well yesterday and the day before in wind, but to convert it into a score that really sets the mark for tomorrow feels great,” said the 2017 LET Access Series Order of Merit winner, who had her dad, Staysure Tour CEO David MacLaren on caddie duties.

“He was helpful in that he didn’t say anything the whole way around! No, it was great to have him there, just to keep me calm and make sure I didn’t get ahead of myself. He deserves a lie down,” she smiled. “He kept me talking about stuff that wasn’t related to my round, which was good, because I could have been a bit edgy otherwise.”

The second-year professional has won twice on the LET Access Series, once as an amateur in 2016 and at the 2017 Azores Ladies Open in her rookie season. She feels that those experiences will stand her in good stead as she targets her first win on the Ladies European Tour.

“Winning on the LET Access Series makes me feel a lot more confident going into tomorrow. Everybody gets nervous at the top of the leader board and sometimes it’s better coming from behind. Knowing that I’ve got over the line before and have won in college as well, I know what it takes – and I know I’m good enough to do it,” she said.

MacLaren started the third round two strokes from the lead and bogeyed the first hole but fired five birdies over the next seven holes for an outward total of 31, to take a one-stroke lead into the back nine. She birdied the par-3 12th and flirted with the trees on the left side of the 13th fairway before making a solid putt for bogey, dropping into a share of the lead. She then moved two strokes ahead of Engzelius with a pair of birdies on 16 and 17.

“It had a bit of everything and some of the bogeys felt like the best parts of the round, so I’m happy. I hit some great iron shots and felt in control of the ball all day. This is the best I’ve felt with my game for quite a while and I’m putting nicely so I don’t want to get distracted by the noise outside and just want to focus on what I’m doing,” she said.

Her closest challenger, Engzelius, may be an LET rookie by name, but she has plenty of experience. She played on the LPGA in 2013 and following that played for four years on the Symetra Tour, where she won the 2014 Symetra Tour Championship, which she won in a play-off.

After signing for a three-under 68, she said: “I felt that I was able to put in a good score, but I was struggling a bit off the tee. I only hit four fairways, but I putted well and overall, I’m happy. I just kept it simple and if I got in trouble I didn’t try to do anything spectacular. I’m going to work on my driver and hopefully have a good round tomorrow.”

The other challengers will include Austrian Sarah Schober, whose 65 equalled the low round of the day, Australians Sarah Kemp and Jihye Park, Lydia Hall from Wales, Germany’s Olivia Cowan and Camilla Lennarth from Sweden, who all start the last day six strokes back.

Due to the threat of afternoon thunderstorms, there will be earlier tee times for the final round and the leading three-ball of MacLaren, Engzelius and Artis will start at 8.54am local time.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Meghan MACLAREN (ENG)
-10
71
67
65
203
2
Marita ENGZELIUS (NOR)
-8
71
66
68
205
3
Rebecca ARTIS (AUS)
-5
72
67
69
208
3
Silvia BANON (ESP)
-5
66
73
69
208
3
Pannarat THANAPOLBOONYARAS (THA)
-5
68
69
71
208
6
Sarah SCHOBER (AUT)
-4
72
72
65
209
6
Sarah KEMP (AUS)
-4
69
70
70
209
6
Camilla LENNARTH (SWE)
-4
68
70
71
209
6
Olivia COWAN (GER)
-4
69
69
71
209
6
Lydia HALL (WAL)
-4
73
65
71
209
6
Jihye PARK (AUS) (a)
-4
72
64
73
209

Round 2 - Justine Dreher & Jihye Park share halfway lead in Australia

March 02, 2018

New South Wales amateur Jihye Park and Justine Dreher of France moved into a share of the halfway lead on day two of the Women’s NSW Open in Australia.

Park, 17, from Sydney, shot a bogey free seven-under-par 64 while Dreher carded a 69 in benign conditions at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.

Justine Dreher, R2 Women's NSW Open

At six-under-par, the pair sit a stroke ahead of French rookie Manon Mollé, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras of Thailand and Norwegian LET rookie Marita Engzelius (below).

England’s Meghan MacLaren, Lydia Hall of Wales, Olivia Cowan of Germany and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden share sixth place on four-under-par.

Dreher started her round with an eagle on the driveable par-4 first hole, where she made a putt from five feet, but there were also four birdies and four bogeys on her card.

The 25-year-old from Paris said afterwards: “I’m really happy with my game and the position that I’m in.

“This is my fifth week on tour and together with the other French players, we’ve been saying, if there is anywhere that you’d like to be away for, for five weeks, other than at home, the best place is Australia. We are really having a lot of fun. There are some great things to do around here and the weather has been great and it’s snowing at home, so it’s been really nice to spend some time here.”

Dreher will be looking to improve on her career best finish of fifth, recorded in her first event as a professional, in the 2016 New Zealand Open, where she played in the last group with the winner, Lydia Ko.

She will play with another Korean-born Antipodean teenager in the third round of the Women’s NSW Open. Park made seven birdies and posted a new course record on Friday but was still disappointed that she had missed a six-footer on 17, which would have given her a 63.

“I’ve shot a bunch of course records,” said the home-schooled teenager, who moved to the Sydney suburb of St Clair from Korea with her parents 11 years ago. “That’s what I do!” she joked.

“I was playing really well today, and everything was going in the hole, it was just like a vacuum,” she added.

“The speed was really good, and the ball striking was good too, but there were some holes where I missed the green and managed to get up and down. My chipping was also good and I scrambled well.

“This is my fourth professional event after the NSW Open, the NZ Open and Bonville and I was pleased to make the cut last weekend. I’m getting used to playing in pro events and today felt like a normal game. I think I was in the zone. I was just talking to myself, telling myself that I was going well and controlling my mind throughout the day.”

First round co-leader Mollé, who is playing in only her fourth event as a professional, made a wobbly start and dropped three strokes in her first three holes, after finding the greenside bunkers on the 11th and 12th holes. She fought back with four birdies, only to drop a shot on the ninth, where she missed the green.

The 23-year-old from Brittany said: “I made a really bad start and got plugged in a bunker on 11, but after that, I knew that I could make a lot of birdies. I stayed patient and made a birdie on the par-3 15th, then the 18th, and holes one and three. If I hadn’t bogeyed the last hole, I would have been satisfied. Coming here, I only wanted to make the cut, but now I would really like to get a top-10, if not a win.”

One shot back, fellow overnight co-leader Silvia Bañon from Spain carded a 73 and slipped back into a share of 10th position on three-under-par alongside Sweden’s Jenny Haglund and Australian trio Rebecca Artis, Sarah Kemp and Emily McLennan, a second-year member of the ALPG.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Justine DREHER (FRA)
-6
67
69
136
1
Jihye PARK (AUS) (a)
-6
72
64
136
3
Pannarat THANAPOLBOONYARAS (THA)
-5
68
69
137
3
Manon MOLLE (FRA)
-5
66
71
137
3
Marita ENGZELIUS (NOR)
-5
71
66
137
6
Meghan MACLAREN (ENG)
-4
71
67
138
6
Lydia HALL (WAL)
-4
73
65
138
6
Olivia COWAN (GER)
-4
69
69
138
6
Camilla LENNARTH (SWE)
-4
68
70
138

Round 1 - Mollé & Bañon fire course record 66s in NSW Open

March 01, 2018

French rookie Manon Mollé and Silvia Bañon from Spain fired course record five-under par 66s in the first round of the Women’s New South Wales Open on Thursday to share the lead at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.

Mollé carded a bogey and six birdies in hot and sunny weather to set the target before Bañon fired five birdies in overcast and blustery conditions later in the afternoon.

Manon Mollé, R1 Women's NSW Open

Both young Europeans said that the prospect of playing in next year’s Solheim Cup in Scotland is providing major motivation.

Mollé was a member of Europe’s 2010 Junior Ryder Cup team that played against a United States side including Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas at Gleneagles and she would love to return to compete for Europe as a professional.

“It would mean so much to me,” said the 23-year-old, who was born in France, raised in Reunion Island and lives in Morocco. “As an amateur, I was a good player, but not awesome. Since Lalla Aicha Tour School I have been working extremely hard.”

Bañon, 25, from Alicante, is a second-year professional who spent most of her time on the Santander Golf Tour in Spain in 2017, winning the circuit’s order of merit. A fan of Severiano Ballesteros, she hopes to follow in his footsteps in representing Europe and has watched all his YouTube videos.

She said: “I’ve read all the books about Seve. He had a very strong mind for golf and I love how he played on the course. I also like watching Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm.”

Dreher also played in the more difficult afternoon conditions and reeled off seven birdies but dropped three shots over the 17th and 18th holes. She is enjoying the challenge of playing on a different Australian course each week and said: “I feel like you really learn to play well in the wind in Australia; we’ve had windy conditions at each of the courses and it helps to develop you as a player.

“Even though we’re only 11km from Bonville, you can’t even compare it, as the layout and the greens here at Coffs Harbour are completely different, with less grain. It’s obviously way flatter, so they are two completely different courses. Last week I had a bit of trouble on the greens, but I think this week’s course is great.”

Hot on her heels are Camilla Lennarth from Sweden, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras of Thailand and US-based Queenslander Emily McLennan on three-under-par. New South Welshwoman Sarah Kemp and Olivia Cowan from Germany are a stroke back on two-under-par.

There are seven further players tied for ninth on one-under-par and 15 sub-par rounds on the first day. The second round commences at 7am local time on Friday and the leaders, Bañon and Mollé, will start their rounds at 7.16am and 1.06pm respectively.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Manon MOLLE (FRA)
-5
66
1
Silvia BANON (ESP)
-5
66
3
Justine DREHER (FRA)
-4
67
4
Camilla LENNARTH (SWE)
-3
68
4
Emily MCLENNAN (AUS)
-3
68
4
Pannarat THANAPOLBOONYARAS (THA)
-3
68
7
Olivia COWAN (GER)
-2
69
7
Sarah KEMP (AUS)
-2
69
9
Marianne SKARPNORD (NOR)
-1
70
9
Felicity JOHNSON (ENG)
-1
70
9
Jenny HAGLUND (SWE)
-1
70
9
Leticia RAS-ANDERICA (GER)
-1
70
9
Emma NILSSON (SWE)
-1
70
9
Casey DANIELSON (USA)
-1
70
9
Stephanie KYRIACOU (AUS) (a)
-1
70

Scores

Pos.
Player
Prize Money
To Par
Total
R1
R2
R3
R4
1
Meghan MacLaren
14,264.45
-10
274
71
67
65
71
2
Silvia Banon
6,181.26
-8
276
66
73
69
68
2
Marita Engzelius
6,181.26
-8
276
71
66
68
71
2
Casey Danielson
6,181.26
-8
276
70
72
68
66
5
Sarah Kemp
2,852.89
-7
277
69
70
70
68
5
Lydia Hall
2,852.89
-7
277
73
65
71
68
5
Camilla Lennarth
2,852.89
-7
277
68
70
71
68
5
Olivia Cowan
2,852.89
-7
277
69
69
71
68
9
Daniela Holmqvist
2,206.23
-6
278
71
70
71
66
9
Rebecca Artis
2,206.23
-6
278
72
67
69
70
9
Sarah Schober
2,206.23
-6
278
72
72
65
69
12
Gabriella Cowley
2,016.04
-5
279
74
66
72
67
13 1
Jenny Haglund
1,835.36
-4
280
70
69
74
67
13
Cajsa Persson
1,835.36
-4
280
71
71
71
67
13
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
1,835.36
-4
280
68
69
71
72
16
Noemi Jimenez Martin
1,576.22
-3
281
74
70
70
67
16
Emma Nilsson
1,576.22
-3
281
70
70
73
68
16
Celine Borge
1,576.22
-3
281
72
70
70
69
16
Xi Yu Lin
1,576.22
-3
281
75
68
67
71
16
Jihye Park (a)
Amateur
-3
281
72
64
73
72
21
Isabela R Rong Ji
1,394.75
-2
282
71
73
69
69
21
Felicity Johnson
1,394.75
-2
282
70
70
70
72
21
Manon Molle
1,394.75
-2
282
66
71
73
72
24
Kylie Henry
1,288.56
1
285
72
69
74
70
24
Tonje Daffinrud
1,288.56
1
285
71
71
71
72
24
Stephanie Kyriacou (a)
Amateur
1
285
70
70
73
72
27
Marianne Skarpnord
1,148.29
2
286
70
71
73
72
27
Amy Walsh
1,148.29
2
286
73
71
71
71
27
Stephanie Bunque (a)
Amateur
2
286
71
73
70
72
27
Justine Dreher
1,148.29
2
286
67
69
76
74
27
Amandeep Drall
1,148.29
2
286
71
74
72
69
32
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso
949.06
3
287
71
70
73
73
32
Julia Engstrom
949.06
3
287
72
70
72
73
32
Ana Menendez
949.06
3
287
73
72
69
73
32
Hayley Bettencourt
949.06
3
287
72
71
72
72
32
Marta Sanz Barrio
949.06
3
287
74
71
71
71
37
Michele Thomson
803.57
4
288
71
74
70
73
37
Ainil Bakar
803.57
4
288
72
73
71
72
37
Luiza Altmann
803.57
4
288
73
71
72
72
37
Manon De Roey
803.57
4
288
72
71
74
71
41
Laura Davies
703.71
5
289
71
73
74
71
41
Carmen Alonso
703.71
5
289
78
67
72
72
41
Inci Mehmet
703.71
5
289
75
69
74
71
44
Leticia Ras-anderica
627.64
6
290
70
71
74
75
44
Caroline Martens
627.64
6
290
72
71
76
71
44
Mireia Prat
627.64
6
290
72
68
76
74
44
Sharmila Nicollet
627.64
6
290
73
71
74
72
44
Charlotte Thompson
627.64
6
290
73
68
78
71
49
Stephanie Na
589.6
7
291
79
66
72
74
49
Jenna Hunter
589.6
7
291
73
72
72
74
49
Gaurika Bishnoi
589.6
7
291
75
70
76
70
52
Amanda Tan
540.15
8
292
73
72
71
76
52
Emily Mclennan
540.15
8
292
68
71
76
77
52
Johanna Gustavsson
540.15
8
292
74
71
73
74
52
Elia Folch
540.15
8
292
75
66
76
75
52
Katja Pogacar
540.15
8
292
73
72
74
73
57
Camille Chevalier
484.99
9
293
72
71
72
78
58
Eun-Jung Ji
465.97
10
294
74
70
76
74
59
Paige Stubbs
446.95
19
303
74
70
79
80
CUT
60
Nina Pegova
4
146
76
70
60
Jessica Noh
4
146
72
74
60
Jenny Lee
4
146
74
72
60
Amy Boulden
4
146
73
73
60
Whitney Hillier
4
146
77
69
60
Kristalle Blum
4
146
78
68
60
Tahnia Ravnjak
4
146
75
71
67
Christine Wolf
5
147
78
69
67
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
5
147
76
71
67
Renuka Suksukont
5
147
74
73
67
Chloe Leurquin
5
147
75
72
67
Ines Lescudier
5
147
74
73
67
Munchin Keh
5
147
79
68
67
Grace Kim
5
147
75
72
74
Tamara L Johns
6
148
75
73
74
Hannah Burke
6
148
79
69
74
Karoline Lund
6
148
76
72
74
Charlotte Thomas
6
148
75
73
74
Maddison Hinson-tolchard
6
148
76
72
74
Kyla Inaba
6
148
72
76
74
Doey Choi (a)
Amateur
6
148
74
74
74
Patricia Sanz Barrio
6
148
73
75
74
Brooke Baker
6
148
78
70
74
Kirsten Rudgeley
6
148
76
72
84
Elina Nummenpaa
7
149
77
72
84
Rebecca Kay (a)
Amateur
7
149
77
72
86
Breanna Gill
8
150
75
75
86
Madelene Stavnar
8
150
72
78
86
Sheridan Gorton
8
150
76
74
86
Amy Chu (a)
Amateur
8
150
76
74
86
Anais Maggetti
8
150
78
72
86
Vani Kapoor
8
150
75
75
86
Ayaka Nakayama
8
150
79
71
86
Stacey Peters
8
150
75
75
86
Kelsey Bennett (a)
Amateur
8
150
73
77
95
Agathe Sauzon
9
151
78
73
95
Nadine Smith
9
151
75
76
95
Andrea Wong
9
151
77
74
95
Nina Muehl
9
151
75
76
95
Lorie Kane
9
151
77
74
100
Celina Yuan
10
152
74
78
100
Chizuru Ueda
10
152
78
74
100
Isabelle Boineau
10
152
82
70
100
Cloe Frankish
10
152
77
75
100
Gemma Fuster Anglada
10
152
81
71
105
Kristen Farmer
11
153
80
73
105
Vicky Uwland
11
153
79
74
105
Elmay Viking
11
153
77
76
105
Lina Boqvist
11
153
74
79
105
Sideri Vanova
11
153
80
73
105
Victoria Fricot
11
153
74
79
111
Maha Haddioui
12
154
79
75
111
Brittany Bomar
12
154
80
74
113
Lisbeth Brooks
13
155
77
78
113
Sarah-Jane Boyd
13
155
77
78
115
Chantelle Cassidy
14
156
79
77
115
Wanasa Zhou
14
156
78
78
115
Darcy Habgood (a)
Amateur
14
156
79
77
118
Hanee Song
15
157
79
78
118
Laura Sedda
15
157
84
73
118
Dea Mahendra
15
157
83
74
118
Gennai Goodwin
15
157
79
78
122
Lili Cammisa
16
158
77
81
122
Dee Dee Russell (a)
Amateur
16
158
81
77
122
Georgia Clarke
16
158
79
79
122
Alexis Belton
16
158
81
77
126
Ina Yoon
17
159
83
76
127
Robyn Doig
18
160
81
79
128
Jaydon Vaenuku
19
161
79
82
129
Nicole Okada
23
165
81
84
129
Molly Lavercombe
23
165
83
82
129
Belinda Ji (a)
Amateur
23
165
86
79
132
Phillis Meti
24
166
87
79
132
Eileen Kelly
24
166
89
77
134
Stefanie Hall (a)
Amateur
35
177
89
88
135
Felicity Lloyd-jones
WDN
*
*
135
Yimeng Zheng
WDN
*
*
137
Emma Ash
RTD
81
*
137
Cathryn Bristow
RTD
*
*

Preview

DATES: March 01-04
SITE: Coffs Harbour Golf Club, New South Wales, Australia
PRIZE MONEY: $150,000
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The Ladies European Tour has moved 11km down the Pacific Highway from Bonville Golf Resort to Coffs Harbour Golf Club this week to contest the Women’s New South Wales Open: a new event on the LET calendar.

Women's NSW Open, Coffs Harbour Golf Club

The championship was an integral part of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf tour schedule from 2006-2015, when the winners included Dame Laura Davies (2008), Lydia Ko (2012), Caroline Hedwall (2011 and 2013) and Holly Clyburn (2015) at Oatlands Golf Club in Parramatta, a prominent suburb of Sydney.

After a two-year hiatus, the event has returned as a fully co-sanctioned tournament, with a field of 138 players from 33 countries all looking to hoist the trophy.

The tournament will count towards the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and competitors will accrue valuable Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking points, which will ultimately contribute towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as offering an LET winner’s exemption until the end of 2019. This is the fifth major professional women’s golf tournament in as many weeks in Australia and marks the fourth co-sanctioned event between the LET and the ALPG in 2018.

There are several players looking to carry momentum into their second week in the city of Coffs Harbour, including local Rebecca Artis, Iceland’s Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Sweden’s Daniela Holmqvist, US-rookie Casey Danielson and England’s Charlotte Thompson, who all finished in the top-10 at Bonville.

Thompson (above), who tied for ninth in last week’s Australian Ladies Classic, said: “I loved the course last week and this week I’m feeling good. The greens here aren’t as grainy, but they are running quite quick, so they are rolling well. It’s a little wet underfoot after the rain but it’s drying out, especially with the wind. It’s fiddly in places and you have to be careful where you hit it, but there are some great birdie opportunities.”

Her namesake Michele Thomson (above), who tied for 40th last week, agreed that Coffs Harbour Golf Club offers a different golfing examination to Bonville. She said: “I’m confident after last week and this is my kind of golf course. The greens are small and the fairways are tight and you’ve got to be accurate with your irons, which I usually am. It’s a completely different golf course to last week but they are both very good and I can’t wait to get started.”

Artis (below), who was born and raised in Coonabarabran, said: “I’m an NSW girl, so it will be nice to play some good golf at the Women’s NSW Open. I went close at Oatlands a couple of years ago, so it would be a real thrill to win my local Open.

“It’s hard to beat Coffs. It is one of the best coastal areas of all of Australia. It’s a spectacular little town.”

The other players expected to be in the mix include Olivia Cowan of Germany, England’s Dame Laura Davies, Jenny Haglund of Sweden and Xi Yu Lin of China.

There are also six French players in the field, including recent winners Camille Chevalier and Isabelle Boineau, who will all have been inspired by their compatriot Céline Boutier’s triumph at the weekend.




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