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Golf Australia Express : Issue 25
EVENT OWNERS, Mission Hills, are hoping the inaugural World Ladies Championships goes off with a bang this week. Just not literally. Situated on top of a dormant volcano at China’s Hainan Island, the Vintage course—host for this week’s tournament—is a spectacular setting for a golf event. Featuring a quality 108-women field, the event will adopt a distinctive “three-in-one” format, with individual professional stroke play, a professional team play, and an individual amateur stroke play over 54-holes. And while it’s expected we’ll see some stunning ball-striking to match the landscape, the Vintage’s abrupt mounds, deep pots and huge greens will challenge nerves and patience. OTG HEADING THE field this week is England’s Melissa Reid. The two-time winner on the LET last season is coming off a stellar year where she finished 2nd on the European money list. Now into her fifth full-time season as a pro, the confident 24-year-old looks cherry ripe to take on the world’s best. While she’s ranked 45 in the world now, expect Reid to climb the ladder this year—starting with a big finish at Haikou. YEAH, KAREN Lunn is 45 years old and the event is at the Vintage. But honestly, tipping the seasoned- campaigner as a ‘one to watch’ had nothing to do with that. The fact is the 1993 Women’s British Open champ loves competing. And she’s still got what it takes to win. Just six-weeks ago the accomplished Australian won the Royal Canberra Ladies Classic on the ALPG Tour by four-shots and we still think she can shake it up as an underdog. OTG THE EVENT WHO TO WATCH MELISSA REID (ENG) KAREN LUNN (AUS) PEEK THE World Ladies Championships March 2-4, 2012 Mission Hills Hainan’s Vintage Course, Haikou, CHINA Purse: €472,700 Defending Champ: Inaugural event READY TO ERUPT What’s happening on the LET this week