$2 million on offer over 2013 ALPG season

A host of Australians who enjoyed breakthrough seasons in 2012 will be looking to feature prominently in their home events as exciting two months as the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) season kicks off at The Vintage in NSW’s Hunter Valley.

Close to $2 million is on offer over an eight event schedule, highlighted by the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra – a US$1.2 million event co-sanctioned with the LPGA and Ladies European Tour.

Karrie Webb and Bob Tuohy Karrie Webb and Bob Tuohy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The tournament season will once again feature the cream of Australian talent, plus many LPGA, LET and International stars keen to shed some of the off season rust with the sun on their backs down under.

England’s Laura Davies will once again be a crowd favourite, entering all of the regional events as she has done year in, year out.

She will be joined by recent LET winners Caroline Hedwall, Victorian Stacey Keating and NSW’s Frances Bondad as early entrants for the popular pro-ams leading into the first major tournament of the season, the Bing Lee Samsung NSW Open at Oatlands Golf Club, where New Zealand amateur sensation Lydia Ko will defend.

Teenager Ko swept all before her by winning the Canadian Open on the LPGA Tour in 2012 and will be tipped to strongly contend at every event she plays this summer.

The Volvik RACV Ladies Masters remains on the schedule, albeit with a prize money reduction and shortened to 54 holes, after early concerns that the tournament might fold after being played uninterrupted since 1990.

Seven-time winner Karrie Webb’s decision to return to Royal Pines is a major shot on the arm for the tournament, which will still feature a strong field of ALPG and LET players and no doubt, some special tournament invites yet to be announced.

Royal Canberra proudly hosts the ALPG’s most prestigious event, the Women’s Australian Open, in what is shaping as an outstanding event as part of the Centenary celebrations in the nation’s capital.

American Jessica Korda will return to defend the title she won in a playoff at Royal Melbourne in 2012 and she will be joined by most of the world’s best including over 80 LPGA players.

2013 ALPG Schedule

  • 14th – 15th January – The Vintage Golf Club Pro Am
  • 17th January – Ingham Antill Park Pro Am
  • 19th January – Mount Broughton Classic
  • 25th-27th January – Bing Lee Samsung Women’s New South Wales Open
  • 1st – 3rd February – Volvik RACV Ladies Masters
  • 8th – 10th February – ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open
  • 14th – 17th February – ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
  • 21st – 24th February – Women’s Victorian Open

The 2013 CLUB CAR Series will be played in conjunction with the ALPG schedule, featuring a bonus pool of $15,000 to be distributed among the leading six ALPG-member players following the Women’s Victorian Open on Sunday 24 February, 2013.

Points will be awarded from play in the following tournaments:

  • The Vintage Golf Club Pro-Am
  • Moss Vale GC Ladies Classic
  • Mt Broughton Ladies Classic
  • Ingham Antill Park Pro-Am

  • Bing Lee Samsung Women’s New South Wales Open
  • Women’s Victorian Open

A minimum of four (4) of the six (6) events must be played to qualify for the CLUB CAR Series.