2018 ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open: What you need to know

The Women’s Australian Open tees off tomorrow at Adelaide’s pretigious Kooyonga Golf Club and ABC TV have the live coverage.

Official website: 2018 ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open

Host course
The 23rd staging of the Women’s Australian Open will be played at Adelaide’s Kooyonga Golf Club. This will be the first time Kooyonga has staged the event and only the fourth time the Women’s australian Open has been held in Adelaide. Golf Australia recently announced the tournament will stay in Adelaide for a further three years.

TV coverage
ABC TV has live afternoon coverage of the tournament beginning at 3pm on Thursday.
Thurs, Fri: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Sun: 1:30pm – 6:00pm

Who is playing?
South Korean Ha Na Jang is back to defend her title along with a whole bunch of the world’s best players including So Yoen Ryu, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Ariya Jutanugarn, Christie Kerr and Hye Jin Choi.

Want to read more?
Golf Australia always have great coverage of the Aussie tournaments and the Women’s Australian Open is no exception.

If you want to know more about Kooyonga and specifically the red sandbelt golf course region of Adelaide, check out Martin Blake’s feature on Kooyonga and Mike Clayton’s great article:

The difficult eighth with its sloping fairway taking less than ideal drives across and down to where the approach is blind is arguably the best hole on the course but an hour with a chainsaw and it might be one of the best half dozen in the country.

And Martin Blake has a nice piece on the announcement that the tournament will stay in Adelaide for a further three years and how it’s a perfect fit for the city:

The theory is that a smaller city will embrace the tournament as it should be. In Melbourne, awash with big sporting events, the Open was getting lost. Albeit that the event itself is top class, aligned with the LPGA Tour in the United States and boasting a better list of players on rankings than Australia’s male tournaments can gather. In Adelaide, with fewer marquee events, it stands out.

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