Women’s Australian Open extends Adelaide stay

South Australia has made itself the home of women’s professional golf in this country…for at least the new three years.

Golf Australia has confirmed the 2019 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open would be played at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide from February 14-17.

The Grange Golf Club The Grange Golf Club

It will then move to Royal Adelaide in 2020 and then be played at Kooyonga in 2021.

That means some of the world’s best women professionals will be making a bee-line for Adelaide annually in what is a tremendous boost for the women’s game in that state.

According to Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt it is a replica of what has occurred in Adelaide for the past three years.

“We’ve just completed our first three-year term in Adelaide and with the response collectively that we’ve enjoyed from fans who’ve attended, the LPGA and its players and the clubs themselves, we’re delighted to chart a similar path for our second three-year term to give everyone certainty to plan and enhance.”

South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway was excited that the tournament had grown to record highs.

“The attendance at Kooyonga last February was 33,277 – the most people who’ve ever come to watch the Women’s Australian Open and we are delighted that the event strikes a chord with the people of South Australia,” he said.

“But we’re also encouraged to see the national and international reach of the tournament continue to expand and with so many of the LPGA’s great players happy to come play our fabulous courses, the exposure it generates for us as a global destination and the boost to our visitor economy are both brilliant.”

LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said his players would be thrilled to learn a return visit to Adelaide would be on their agenda as the destination for the first tournament of its 2019 Asia-Pacific swing.

“It has been fantastic to watch this event grow in Australia since we joined in partnership with Golf Australia in 2012,” said Whan.