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Victorian Su Oh tees off at the 2017 Women's Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.
In a week when the Australian cricket team has faced off against England in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval, it's particularly noteworthy that golf has walked away with the award for South Australia's leading sports event in 2017.

The ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open claimed the 'Major Event of the Year' award at the 2017 South Australian Sports Awards.

Staged in February at the famed Royal Adelaide Golf Club, the Women's Australian Open was among two finalists in the category and was selected for the award ahead of the Clipsal 500 Supercars motorsport race.

Since 2012, the Women's Australian Open has carried co-sanctioning with the largest women's pro circuit - the LPGA Tour - which has made it the pinnacle event - men's or women's - in terms of world ranking points on the Australian golfing calendar.

“There are so many great events running around South Australia throughout the year, so we were delighted to have been recognised as best among them,” Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said via golf.org.au.

“We have worked really hard with our partners at the Events South Australia to ensure not only a great golf tournament, but a destination event that attracts visitors from around Australia and the world.

Ha Na Jang celebrates her Women's Australian Open victory earlier this year.

This year's edition was won by South Korean Ha Na Jang, who finished the tournament at 10 under par and three shots clear of Denmark's Nanna Madsen.

Jang has committed to defending her title at the 2018 Women's Australian Open from February 15-18 at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.


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