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Golf Australia Express : Issue 10
YOU MIGHT not have heard of Danielle Kang. Yet. But if you keep abreast of what’s happening in women’s professional golf, you’re sure to hear a lot more of her. The 18-year-old Californian emerges as one of the hottest new talents to come out of the US. The back-to-back US Amateur Champion from 2010 and ’11 has complied a stellar record as an amateur, and this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship marks her professional debut. “Playing in my first LPGA event as a professional is a dream come true,” said Kang. “IknowIhavealotofhard work ahead of me, but this is a very exciting place to start. “I have looked up to so many players on the LPGA Tour, and it will be an honour to play alongside them.” ARKANSAS BATTLE PEEK THE What’s happening on the LPGA Tour this week September 9-11, 2011 Pinnacle Country Club, Arkansas, USA Purse: $2,000,000 Defending Champ: Yani Tseng (TWN) WHO TO WATCH FUTURE STAR “I KNOW I HAVE A LOT OF HARD WORK AHEAD OF ME, BUT THIS IS A VERY EXCITING PLACE TO START. I HAVE LOOKED UP TO SO MANY PLAYERS ON THE LPGA TOUR, AND IT WILL BE AN HONOUR TO PLAY ALONGSIDE THEM.” — Danielle Kang on her debut as a professional WITH 14 of the world’s top 15 women golfers assembled this week, Pinnacle Country Club offers young star in-the- making, Kang, a great stage to assess if her game is the same league as golf’s leading ladies. Defending champion and current world No.1 Yani Tseng (pictured right with Kang) and a host of Solheim Cup representatives will be in field. Playing from Team Europe will be Suzann Pettersen, Christel Boeljon, Laura Davies, Sandra Gal, Sophie Gustafson, Catriona Matthew, Azahara Mũnoz, Anna Nordqvist, and Karen Stupples. And Team US representatives Cristie Kerr, Juli Inkster, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, and Christina Kim, as well as newcomers Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst and Ryann O’Toole will also battle it out. OTG