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The 2018 ALPG Club Car Series resumes tomorrow when the Women’s NSW Open gets underway at Coffs Harbour Golf Club, where 138 players from 32 different countries will compete for the $150,000 prizemoney on offer.
Coffs Harbour Golf Club management and members have unequivocally thrown their support behind the tournament, the greens are looking fantastic and the fairways are striped to perfection in readiness for round 1 of the Women’s NSW Open beginning on Thursday.
All hands have been on deck for over two months as the club gets its chance to showcase its best to the stars of Australian and European women’s golf.
Coffs Golf Club General Manager Paul McAra is thrilled with the way the staff and members have embraced the event and how much effort has gone into the course preparation and organisation around the tournament.
“Since we found out we were hosting the event it’s been pretty well full-on. Its’ been about getting out and doing all those finer touches, the gardens are up to spec, the fairways are cut in properly. We have got a small greens team that has really put in since Christmas, we’ve been so lucky with their expertise. We are delighted with how it’s come up in such a short time. It’s been a hectic process,” Mr McAra said.
Around 97 visiting players have been billeted by Coffs Harbour members, both for this week and during last week’s Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville. It’s a figure Mr McAra says displays how committed the membership is in ensuring the Women’s NSW Open is a truly memorable event.
“For a member club, it just shows you how much they want to put in for the tournament, we’ve got 140 members volunteering on Sunday. It’s been a resounding vote from the members. They’ve been right behind it."
Mr McAra added that the region had embraced the championship and the feedback around town has been positive.
“When we had Gary Player and Billy Dunk and those like playing the North Coast (Open), we had thousands of spectators out there, so it’s great to have a major tournament back.
“Everyone is talking golf, two events in two weeks of such high stature. There will be lots of people out there out there on the course. It’s been such a strong response; we hope it equates to spectators out there from Thursday through to Sunday. We’re all excited,” Mr McAra grinned.
The competition is once again to expected to be fierce this week, of the Australian players in the field NSW natives Sarah Kemp and Rebecca Artis will both be striving for home wins, while it would be no surprise to see the consistent West Australian Whitney Hillier contending.
Former world number 1 Dame Laura Davies has been consistent if not spectacular in the early season events here in Australia, and the World Golf Hall of Famer seems to be growing in confidence each week and could easily contend this week if she can consistently find the narrow Coffs Harbour fairways.
Round 1 draw and Live Scoring can be found HERE
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