While many of the leading world-ranked players in last week’s Women’s Australian Open will play the Honda LPGA Thailand event this week, the field assembled at Bonville near Coffs Harbour consists of many outstanding players, several of whom have performed with distinction at the recent Vic and Women’s Australian Opens.
The event, jointly sanctioned between the Ladies European Tour and the Australian Ladies Professional Tour, is being played for the second occasion having been won last year by Celine Boutier, who would go on to win this year’s Vic Open at 13th Beach.
And just as they did 12 months ago, competitors at Bonville will be able to ride the hilly tree-lined layout in carts throughout the tournament.
Two of Australia’s best performers in the past two weeks - Sarah Kemp and Hannah Green - will be amongst the favourites for the event.
Kemp has shown a resurgence in recent weeks having reeled off a stunning final round of 65 at the Vic Open to finish runner-up to Boutier and although Green missed the cut at the Vic Open she managed a 10th place finish at last week’s Women’s Australian Open.
Green has just completed her first season on the LPGA Tour in the US and while not forcing her way into the fields for the events in Asia she showed last week she could well be a chance to win her first four-round professional event at home.
Two of last year’s Ryder Cup players for Europe, Madelene Sagstrom and Emily Kristine Pederson will also challenge for the title.
Anne Van Dam of the Netherlands and Wales’ Caroline Hedwall both had very good seasons on the Ladies European Tour in 2018, Van Dam winning two events late in the season and arriving at Bonville as one of the leading-world ranked players in the field.
Hedwall won the French Open last year and recorded several other high finishes.
Ashleigh Buhai is a South African who plays the LPGA Tour. She finished 11th at the recent Vic Open and has already proven herself capable of winning big events having won the Women’s South African Open at the age of just 14.
With more time to have things ready for this year’s event, the outstanding Bonville Golf Resort is expected to be in even better condition than was the case last year when the event was played for the first time.
Sarah Kemp - one of the favourites this week
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