2019 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
Feb 14 - 17
Grange, South Australia
Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points
Format: 72 holes
This is the 8th year for the event.
In 2018, Sunday at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Jin Young Ko became just the second person to ever win on the LPGA Tour in her debut as a member, and the first since 1951.
So here we go, into the slightly more prestigious and lucrative half of the Australian swing. Some points of note:
- The Grange Course is a composite of the Grange Golf Club East and West Courses. It's probably the course I know least about, of the the three Adelaide courses in the Australian Open rotation. I've only played it once myself, and that was a 100 years ago. It is notable for its bunkers, the wind (like all of Adelaide's sand-belt courses), and hidden tree root runners that can break your hands.
- Jin Young Ko returns as the reigning champion, although Haru Nomura, who is also in the field, won last time this course was played (2016).
- The weather will range from mild (26C, 79F) on Thursday steadily up to hot (35C, 95F) on Sunday. It should start out breezy but the wind is predicted to progressively abate over the four days. Sounds balmy!
I look at the field, and I am genuinely excited by the talent that is turning up. But then I look at who is missing, and I get a bit of a reality check. While a hotter field than the Vic Open, it's still shy of a top-flight LPGA event. The top three Koreans, and top four Americans will all be absent. And so the season will continue to sputter through its early stages!
On a personal note:
I am disappointed there is no Hye Jin Choi and no In Gee Chun, who I have still never seen in the flesh (so to speak). Also, no Danielle Kang, who has added a bit of spice in the past! I'm going all four days if my tendinopathic left ankle holds up. I will post pics and any worthwhile observations. I promised pics last year and then didn't post any, because i was frankly quite embarrassed by my poor photography. But I have decided to post this year regardless, as I am sure someone will find them interesting. Just don't complain about the quality!