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Karis Davidson Japan Bound, Turns Pro

Davidson - an early boost for her professional career (Photo: Bruce Young)
Queenslander Karis Davidson has turned professional and will play the Japan Ladies Golf Tour in 2018 following her impressive effort to graduate through all four qualifying stages and earn the right to compete on the world’s second most lucrative ladies circuit.

19 year old Davidson, who was born in Scotland before moving to Australia at the age of 9 where she now lives on the Gold Coast, finished 11th in the 72-hole final stage of qualifying to earn her card which should give her a significant amount of starts on the JLPGA Tour.

Davidson was required to negotiate her way through three stages of qualifying before reaching the final stage, finishing 17th, 4th and 41st (where she only just made it) in three 54-hole examinations spread over more than three months.

She recovered from an opening round 74 at the final stage to advance her way through the field and eventually finish 11th and now has the prospect of a full season as a rookie pro to develop her game even further.  

In 2017 the JLPGA Tour consisted of 38 events (a bigger schedule than any other women's tour) and more than $40 million in total prize money though is seldom pursued by Australian female pros.

Not since Nikki Campbell and Tamie Durdin plied their trade on the JLPGA Tour five years ago has there been an Australian playing there regularly.

Davidson, a member at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, has been one of Australia’s best amateurs over the last few years with wins in events including the Australian Junior Championship, and Riversdale Cup.




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