Photo courtesy of Ladies European Tour & Tristan Jones Photography
ALPG is delighted to announce that the European number one Georgia Hall is heading to our nation's capital in February to compete in the 2018 ActewAGL Canberra Classic which will be held at Royal Canberra Golf Club from 9-11 February.
Hall captured the world’s headlines in 2016 winning the Oates Vic Open after having had an outstanding amateur career and has taken the step up to the next level in 2017 with ease, winning more than double the prizemoney of second-placed Spanish star Carlota Ciganda to take out Ladies European Tour Order of Merit title.
Hall also took out the LET Players Player of the year voted on by her peers, and the former Curtis Cup star also competed in her first Solheim Cup in September where she performed admirably against the might of the winning US Team.
The talented 21-year-old from Bournemouth on England’s southern Coast also finished third in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, her best ever finish in a major Championship, and also performed admirably in her first outing at the Evian Championship finishing in a tie for 10th place.
The quiet and unassuming Englishwomen is looking forward to returning to Australia in 2018 and will no doubt be one of the playersmto beat at Royal Canberra in February.
Also committed to play the ActewAGL Canberra Classic are LET Solheim Cup stars Englishwoman Melissa Reid and Swede Caroline Hedwall.
Reid is another who clearly enjoys playinDownunderer, she won the 2017 Oates Victorian Open on the ALPG Tour earlier this year in a playoff against German star Sandra Gal.
The 30-year-old, who is a six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour and has represented Team Europe three times in the Solheim Cup, will be another great drawcard for the tournament, her aggressive style of play always making her a favourite for galleries wherever she plays.
Reid is also one of the most popular players on tour and has battled more than her share of adversity in recent years. In May 2012 Reid's mother Joy was killed in an automobile crash near Munich while travelling to see her daughter compete in the Ladies German Open.
Reid quickly returned to the tour, and in a fairy-tail ending took out the 2012 Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters less than a month after her mother’s death.
However her performances would decline rapidly in the ensuing years, in September 2015 Reid told ESPN "I was a mess ... I wasn't coping, I was rebelling. I was spending time with people who partied. I was hitting the self-destruct button. I was with a lot of people, but I was lonely."
Reid has since re-dedicated herself to her game and has spent the 2017 season playing full time on the US LPGA Tour.
Caroline Hedwall has spent much of 2017 recovering from surgery, and the talented 28-year-old will be hoping to get back into the winner’s circle early in 2018.
A five-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, Hedwall was the hero of the first European Solheim Cup victory on US soil in 2013, in doing so becoming the first player in Solheim Cup history on either team to win all 5 points.
Hedwall is another who has a solid track record playing in Australia, she claimed her first professional title here in 2011 at the Bing Lee NSW Women's Open, a title she also won again in 2013.
Hall, Reid and Hedwall will join a star-studded field including Australians Katherine Kirk and Sarah-Jane Smith, former World Number 1's Jiya Shin and Laura Davies, along with 2019 Solheim Cup Captain and former British Open champion Catriona Matthew.
The ActewAGL Canberra Classic will be played at Royal Canberra Golf Club from 9th - 11th February 2018.
Tickets to attend the tournament are now available for purchase online at http://www.alpg.com.au/aacc and there are also opportunities to volunteer, play in the pre-tournament pro-am and attend tournament functions available.
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