LET/ALPG Women's NSW Open Preview
1st - 4th March 2018
A very tough one to call this week for the Women's NSW Open where 144 competitors look to pick up a win in the last tournament of the Australia stretch. This weeks sees the players tackle Coffs Harbour Golf Club in New South Wales just down the road from last weeks venue Bonville Golf Club.
We will start with last weeks 3rd place finisher Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (above), this was her joint best finish on tour. Afterwards she said she was very pleased with her performance at the Bonville Golf Resort. Valdis, from Akranes in Iceland is currently sitting in 6th place on the Order of Mertit (OofM). When asked of her season expectations she sad “Obviously I would like to win on the LET. It would be a great honor to get on the Solheim Cup team: that would be really fun!” She looks set to build on her strong start to 2018 and challenge for her first LET title.
A previous winner on the LET is Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord who has 3 victories to her name. She has also made a promising start to the season, finishing 9th in the Oates, and 26th at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic. However two poor rounds last week saw her slide down the leaderboard. She will be looking to bounce straight back this week.
German Olivia Cowan should be in with a chance of victory if she plays well. She has got herself to 7th in the OofM after a good start to the season. After last week she said "definitely not the weekend i was hoping for, but my game feels good and 11th is still a good finish" The 21 year old had 139 birdies last year, the 5th best on the LET.
Rebecca Artis who is born and raised in New South Wales will be looking to add to her 2 LET titles by winning on home soil. She finished 7th last week and 12th the week before where she was let down by 1 bad round. Her good start puts her 8th on the OofM. Finishing tied 7th with Rebecca last week was American Casey Danielson (below) who made 7 birdies in the last 12 holes to finish on -4. Casey won the Q School final in Morocco and has made a good start to life on the LET after deciding to ply her trade this side of the Atlantic this season.
Sarah Kemp is another Australian who could do well this week. She has never won on the LET but has had 24 top 10 finishes! pretty impressive. She has also had 11 Victories on the ALPG tour so she knows what it takes to win. Sarah has had a promising start to 2018 with an 11th and two 12th place finishes so far.
One Player you can't write off this season is Dame Laura Davies she has played every tournament so far with consistent finishes and a best of 16th place. She looks in good form and her regular golf over the last month could help her for a high finish here and show the youth how to do it.
As well as LET rookies Karoline Lund and Julia Engstrom this week sees the winner of NSW Amateur Championship 14 year old Ina Yoon (above) playing in her first professional tournament. When asked what she expected from the week, her answer was simple “My form is not bad, so I want to win.” All 3 of them could have an outside chance of victory here.
Other names to watch out for are Camilla Lennarth and Manon Molle another Q school graduate and England's Charlotte Thompson who finished 9th last week.
More was expected this year of Meghan Mclaren due to her success last year. Let's see if the young English girl can finish off the Australian stretch with a good finish here.
This Week- Casey Danielson (USA)
Caroline Hedwall (16th)
Georgia Hall (3rd)
Cheyenne Woods (34th)