Your Weekly Round Up From Around The World of Women's Golf
LPGA- HONDA LPGA THAILAND
Jessica Korda completed her wire-to-wire dominance at the Honda LPGA Thailand with a 5-under, 67 to finish at 25-under, which shatters the tournament record, to win by four shots. Jessica collects her first trophy since 2015. Jessica is making her season debut after off season jaw surgery. Korda, who has 27 screws holding together her jaw, “Basically, I had double jaw surgery to solve the frequent headaches I was having. I have a couple screws in my face. I still can’t feel anything. No pain at all on the course, just numb. The headaches are gone.”
Korda was dynamite in round two with eight birdies and a closing eagle to post a personal best and Siam Country Club course record 10-under, 62. Korda closed with a 29 on the back nine.
She went on to fire rounds of 66, 62, 68 and 67 to claim her 5th career victory.
"I can't believe it, today was such a blur, I was just trying to make birdies. I tried to relax, but I was nervous," said Korda. "This (Honda LPGA Thailand) was my first event my rookie year. I played really, really well this week."
This was a remarkable result. She hadn't played competitive golf for over 3 months and had little to no practice in her off season.
Moriya Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson (above) each birdied 18 to share second place at 21-under. Lexi Thompson inches towards that coveted world number 1 spot, a place that she has never held. She is expected to move to number 2 in the world after this result when the latest results are released on Monday.
Minjee Lee continued her exceptional start to the season finishing 4th. While world number one Shanshan Feng finished tied 5th with home favorite Ariya Jutangarn.
Rolex World Ranking of the Winner: Jessica Korda 26th
Next Event: March 1st, HSBC Women's World Championship, Singapore
LET/ ALPG- Ladies Classic Bonville, Bonville Golf Resort, Australia
Céline Boutier (one of our 10 to watch for 2018) of France has won the the Ladies Classic at Bonville golf club in Australia. It was Boutier’s second Ladies European Tour title following the 2017 Sanya Ladies Open and her fourth in total after some wins on the Symetra Tour in the States. "It feels great. I really enjoyed playing at Bonville Golf Resort and I’m proud of how I handled the weather conditions” said Boutier, “We had a little bit of everything with a delay in the middle of the round, so it wasn’t too easy to get back into the rhythm, but I’m pleased that we finished. I was a bit nervous, because I wanted to finish before dark and it’s not always easy when you go back out after a delay; it was definitely tough. I had two bogeys after we went back out, but I did my best. I feel like I managed it pretty well.” With the win Boutier now moves to top of the Order of Merit.
Sunday’s play teed off in beautiful, sunny conditions Then, at 2pm local time, dramatic tropical storms moved through the area forcing the suspension of play for 3.45 hours. The 24-year-old from the southern Parisian suburb of Montrouge took a 5 shot lead into the final round. She held on to win by 2 shots from the American Katie Burnett (below). This was Burnett's 5th top 10 finish on the LET.
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir from Iceland finished 3rd. Form a country not renowned for golf she showed how good she is equaling her career best finish recorded at the Sanya Ladies Open in China. Swedish player Daniela Holmqvist finished 4th 4 back. Holmqvist is known as a tough competitor. Five years, ago, she used a golf tee to remove the venom from a black widow spider bite from her ankle midway through a qualifier for the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra, which earned her the nickname ‘Spider-woman.’
One notable round was American Casey Danielson who finished with a 67 to finish 7th. The American won the Q school final and looks set to perform well on the LET this season.
One unique feature this week is that the players in the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville used golf carts during the tournament due to Bonville Golf Resort’s unique course layout. The course was designed to be played using golf carts and there are 5,850 meters of walks in between the greens and the tees, including the longest distance of 755 meters between the seventh green and the eighth tee.
All the individual holes are carved out of the tropical forest, with rainforest and gum tree forest separating each hole.
Rolex World Ranking of the Winner: Celine Boutier 183rd
Next Event: 01/03/18, NSW Women's Open, Coffs Harbour Golf Club, Australia
South African Womens Masters, San Lameer Country Club
Sunshine Ladies Tour rookie Laura Fuenfstueck produced a stunning fightback to win the SA Women’s Masters at San Lameer Country Club on Saturday.
The German golfer staved off South African Lejan Lewthwaite, Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland and 18-year-old Scottish amateur Shannon McWilliam to claim a maiden victory in just her fifth start in the pro ranks.
The 23 year old said after her win, “I was so fortunate to have Rachel (Rossel – Switzerland) on the bag, she missed the cut and she immediately offered to take the bag. I played decent golf and she kept me going. I wasn’t playing badly; I just didn’t hit it close enough. So I stayed patient in the wind and tried to hit some good shots.”
Fuenfstueck was six-over after 11 holes, but showed great courage to fight her way back into contention with birdies at 12 and 14. A bogey at 15 and par at 16 put her in a three-way tie for second with two holes to play.
She went on to lift the trophy and pick up her first tour win!
Next Event: 28/02/18 Supersport Ladies ChallengeWild Coast Sun Country Club
Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour- India, Leg 5, JayPee Greens Golf Club
Gursimar Badwal bounced back from her indifferent second round to shoot 70 to claim the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour 2018 at the Jaypee Greens. The 24-year-old Kapurthala golfer, won the third leg at Poona Club Golf Course a few weeks ago became the first multiple winner of the season and also moved to the top of the Hero Order of Merit.
Gursimar, played flawless golf and had three birdies and no bogeys when she arrived on the 18th tee. She bogeyed the 18th as overnight leader Neha Tripathi, playing behind her, birdied the 17th. That meant Neha needed a birdie on the closing hole to force a play-off. However, she managed only a par and was left stranded in second place. Gursimar, who started the final day in fifth place and three shots behind Neha (74), totaled even par 216 for 54 holes and won by one shot despite a closing bogey on 18th. Neha paid a heavy price for her poor front nine where she not only bogeyed three times but also dropped a crippling triple bogey on the Par-3 fifth hole.
This was Neha’s third runner-up finish in the 5 events played so far, with Gursimar edging her out on 2 occasions. The race for the Order of Merit is hotting up.
Next Event: 16th March- Lloyd BT Pro Am Champions 2018
Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship, Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore
The inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship took place this weekend and was televised in over 70 countries! The coverage was amazing! It's a shame regular events don't receive such great coverage. Even their Instagram feed was awesome to watch.
The prize on offer matched the coverage. The winner received an invitation to play in two major championships in 2018 – the RICOH Women’s British Open and the ANA Inspiration – as well as a place in the starting field of the prestigious HSBC Women’s World Championship on the same course, the following week.
An 84 strong field from countries across Asia took part but it was emerging Thai star Atthaya Thitikul, 15, who secured a dramatic victory at the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific by winning a four-way play-off at Sentosa Golf Club.
She joined Japan’s Yuna Nishimura , the Philippines’ Yuka Saso (68) and New Zealand’s Wenyung Keh in the playoff who all finished on -8 after the 4 rounds.
She said after her win “Now, I’m so excited to play in two more majors. I’m really looking forward to returning to the Women’s British Open and I would like to make the cut this time, but my main objective is always to play happy and gain more experience.”
LPGA, Thailand- Shanshan Feng (5th)
LET/ ALPG, Australia- Caroline Hedwall (16th)