Peters and Kemp head up ALPG field at 2017 Thailand LPGA Masters.
Victorian Stacey Peters and New South Welshwoman Sarah Kemp will head up the 20 strong ALPG field at this week’s PTT Thailand LPGA Masters, to be held at Panya Indra Golf Club just outside Bangkok beginning on Wednesday.
The tournament, which for the first time will be tri-sanctioned between the ALPG, The Thai LPGA and the China LPGA, will be held over 54 holes from Wednesday 13th - Friday 15th September, and will be classed as an official ranking event on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.
Peters, who has recently accepted a position as National Female Pathway Manager with Golf Australia, is a multiple tournament winner on the ALPG Tour and two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour.
Despite a lack of tournament golf in recent months due to a limited playing schedule available to players on the Ladies European Tour in 2017, should Peters find her best form this week she could easily be one of the players to beat this week. Peter’s 28th place finish in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Open in a field which included 5 of Europe’s 2017 Solheim Cup Team would indicate that her class alone may be enough to get her through this week.
Despite a promising start on the ALPG Tour early in the year, Sarah Kemp has also had her share of struggles in 2017 on the LPGA Tour against the world’s best players. Kemp has long been regarded as one of the finest swingers and balls strikers in the women’s game, and a couple of good rounds at last week’s Indy Women in Tech Championships on the LPGA may have given the 31-year-old the confidence to enable her to get into the mix this week.
Of the other ALPG players in the field this week, Grace Lennon has been chalking up the frequent miles in 2017 in an attempt to secure playing opportunities.
The 25-year-old, who represented Australian in the winning 2013 Queen Sirikit Cup Team alongside teammates Minjee Lee and Su Oh has not had the same opportunities and success as her former teammates, but those “in the know” have made it clear that they have not given up on Lennon as a future star of the women’s game.
Lennon’s globe-trotting efforts in 2017 were rewarded two weeks ago when she teed up as one of the 362 players competing in Stage 1 of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament for the 2018 Tour and progressed through to Stage 2 to be held in mid-October.
The highest ranked player on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings this week is defending champion Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, currently ranked 251. 19-year-old Thanapolboonyaras shot a superb final round 67 to claim an impressive 3 shot victory last year and also led going into the final round of the 2017 RACV Gold Coast Challenge on the ALPG Tour earlier this year where she would go on to finish in a tie for 6th place in a high quality field.
The Thai youngster is currently in her 2nd season on the LPGA Tour and is sitting at 124th on the LPGA money list. In 2016 she was the youngest player on the tour and given her obvious talent, liking for the course and recent experience competing against the best players in the world would indicate that she should be a genuine contender this week.
Another player to look out for this week is Queenslander Gennai Goodwin, a former US collegiate golfer and member of golf Australia’s High-Performance squad who will make her professional debut this week.
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