Weekly Review of Women's Golf From Around the World! And What a Week!
What a week! Check out our review of a fantastic week of golf from all levels of the game and from all around the world. If this is the first week of the season it should be a great season.
PURE SILK-BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
A dramatic finish in the darkness on Sunday night ended a hectic few days in the Bahamas. We had high winds, a round canceled, some of the biggest names in golf all fighting for victory on the last day. However, it was defending champion Brittany Lincicome who grabbed victory. She finished two strokes ahead of Wei-Ling Hsu, a 23-year-old from Taiwan looking for her first LPGA win.
The final round, played in wind under 15 mph rather than over 40 mph, started with Feng, the world number No. 1, at 7-under par; Yang at 6-under and Lincicome in a tie with Hsu, Lexi Thompson, Luna Sobron Galmes and Brooke Henderson at 5-under par. All but Galmes, a rookie who faded with a 79, stayed in the mix until Lincicome’s fantastic finish eliminated them.
It was a fantastic way to start the season especially with so many big names in contention and so much great golf being played despite the conditions.
You can catch the final round highlights on our home page.
Brittany Lincicome world ranking: 53rd
Next LPGA event: February 15th, ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Adelaide, South Australia.
Sunshine Ladies Tour
Canon Ladies Tshwane Open
Pretoria Country Club 23rd - 25th January 2018
Stacy Bregman claimed her fifth Sunshine Ladies Tour title with a dominant wire-to-wire performance in the Canon Ladies Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club on Thursday.
The Country Club Johannesburg golfer carded a final round one-under-par 71 to triumph by four shots over Ashleigh Buhai in the R400 000 season-opener.
The victory ended a two-year title wait for the 31-year-old, who won the Zambia Ladies Open in 2014 and racked up three titles in 2015.
“It’s the best feeling ever,” said Bregman. “Those first two days felt easy, although the conditions were challenging and it felt really great to start the last round in the lead. It’s been a long while.
“The last year was such a difficult season. I felt I was heading for a breakthrough. I tasted it a few times, but it just didn’t happen. When I came home at the end of the season, I sat down and really analysed what Stacy wants for the future. “I have a great team around me and I’m excited for the future after this win. I feel like I’ve turned a big corner and I’m hungry for more success. It feels incredibly good to lift a trophy again and to start the year in the winner’s circle is a dream start to the season.”
Stacy Bregman ranked 465th in the world
Next Sunshine Ladies Tour event; Joburg Ladies Open 31st January
Hitachi Ladies Classic, January 12-14th. Orient Golf Club.
Supamas Sangchan of Thailand capitalized on a back-nine stumble by overnight leader Chang Ya-Chun (張雅淳) to come from behind and snare her biggest career victory at the tenth annual Hitachi Ladies Classic. This is her second TLPGA Tour win; the previous came at the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open. Sangchan, who pocketed NT$2.5 million for the win, snatched four birdies in the last seven holes and carded a 2-under 70 to finish at a combined 7-under 209 for the tournament. This is the third victory for her after turning pro in 2014. “This is so unexpected. Last month when we competed on the same course (Orient Golf & Country Club) at the CTBC Open, I was cut after two rounds,” said Sangchan. “This is a great turnaround. I think the difference was that I was more used to the speed and slope of the greens now and made a few adjustments on my putting. Especially, late into today, after eleven holes, I just found something and was able to turn it on and I just kept it going. I’m really happy.”
Supamas Sangchan ranked number 178 in the world.
Next Taiwan LPGA event: FUTURE CHALLENGE - KAOHSIUNG January 30th
Hero World Golf Tour of India
Mumbai / Bombay Presidency Golf Club 23-25th January.
On the Hero World Golf Tour of India Sharmila Nicollet broke her 18 month drought to win the event in a playoff. She beat Neha Tripathi on the first hole of their playoff, which Nicollet was only in after bogying 17 & 18 of regulation play.
She said after he win "“I allowed things to get to me at the end and I was disappointed to drop those bogeys (on 17th and 18th). However I just kept those thoughts aside in the play-off.” She added, “It is a big weight off my head, as I was winless for a long time and 2017 was a barren year for me. But now that period is over and I am happy with the progress in my game. I have worked very hard over last few months and I am confident of playing on Ladies Asian and Ladies European Tours also. I have a few events lined up including two in Australia and others.”
Next Hero World Golf Tour of India event: 6th - 9th Febuary, Pune / Poona Club Golf Course
2018 AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Lake Karrinyup & Wanneroo Golf Clubs, WA 16-21 January 2018
The Australian Amateur is a battle and who ever wins fully deserves it! 6 long days of solid golf. The first two days are stroke play to decide the last 32 players that go into a straight knock out. A-Yean Cho and Suzuka Yamaguchi both finished top of the stroke play and especially Cho looked a cut above the rest. The Knockouts whittled the last 32 down to the 2 players that made up the final. Fate would have it that the last 2 in the final were Cho of South Korea and Yamaguchi of Japan. Cho had not got past the 15th hole she had won all her knock outs so easily and was fancied to go on and lift the trophy. However, Yamaguchi had other ideas and destroyed Cho in the final winning 6&5! Tiredness may have played a part but congratulations to Suzuka Yamaguchi Australian Amateur Champion 2018.
South American Amateur Open, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018. 13-16 January 2018
Milagros Chavez, from Paraguay, won the title of the XIII South American Amateur Open. Chavez finished with a 68 (-4) and a total of 282 (-6), Silvia Garces of Colombia finished 1 shot back on -5 and second alone. Irish Paula Grant, finished in 3rd place after a final round 69 and finishing on -4. Maria Serrano of Colombia and Hannah Cook who made the long journey to Argentina finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Portuguese Women's Amateur Championship
West Cliffs Golf Club, Obidos, Portugal
England’s Isobel Wardle came from five shots off the lead to win the Portuguese women’s amateur championship in a play-off.
The 18-year-old beat fellow England player Annabell Fuller on the first play-off hole at the difficult West Cliffs course at Obidos.
“It’s amazing to win,” said Wardle, who was playing in her first competitive event of the year and adds this title to the English women’s and English girls’ open championships of 2017. Fuller, had a three-shot lead going into the final round .
Wardel said " I had no idea what anyone else was scoring but I just tried to keep myself as low as possible, holes 16, 17 and 18 are really tough and I knew if I could hang in with some sort of score it would make those holes even tougher with the pressure.”
“I was very, very nervous, I had never been in a play-off,” said Wardle. “But I had my friend Jess Hall on the bag, she was calming me down and we went through the strategy I had in place and just played the hole.”
Aline Kauter of Germany and Chloe Goady of Scotland finished Tied 3rd., which made it a good week for the golfers from the UK.
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