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Women take centre stage

WOMEN'S golf takes centre stage in Australia today as several of the best players on the planet head down under for a string of events.

WOMEN'S golf takes centre stage in Australia from today as several of the best players on the planet head down under for a string of major events.

Beginning with the Bing Lee Fujitsu General Women's NSW Open at Sydney's Oatlands Golf Club today fans will be treated to some high class and entertaining golf by players from all corners of the globe.

The ALPG schedule runs for five consecutive weeks heading from Sydney to Christchurch for the New Zealand Women's Open then Queensland for the Ladies Masters and two weeks in Melbourne for the Australian Women's Open and finishing with the Victorian Open.

Among the big name players already confirmed to tee up in Australia this year are Yani Tseng, Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis teen sensation Lydia Ko and the always popular Laura Davies.

Davies will headline the field at Oatlands but will have plenty of competition from international and local players alike.

France's Gwladys Nocera is also teeing up in Sydney as are local stars Stacey Keating, Rebecca Artis, Kristie Smith and two time ladies European Tour winner Nikki Garrett.

“We start with a strong field this week and then it just keeps building for the rest of the summer,” Australian Ladies Professional Golf Media Coordinator Sandy Lonergan.

“Because the Australian Women's Open is now a co-sanctioned event with the US LPGA we get really world class fields not only at the event itself but also in the lead up as players prepare for the week.

“It's fantastic for fans and the exposure it brings the game here as well.”

Players travel from around the world to take part not only in the major events of the Australian summer but also a series of pro-ams which lead up to the higher profile tournaments.

Already this year there have been players from France, Sweden, Scotland and Australia claim titles in the ALPG Club Car series.

“That series of tournaments has really grown over the years and is incredibly popular with players and fans alike,” says Lonergan.

“For the players it's a great chance to get some competitive golf under their belts at a time of year when not much tournament golf is on around the world.

“And for the fans it's a fantastic opportunity to play with some of the best players in the business. The atmosphere isn't quite as intense as it is at the bigger events so it tends to just be great fun for everyone involved.”

Lonergan encourages golf fans to make the effort to attend an ALPG tournament in the coming weeks beginning with free entry to this week's tournament at Oatlands.

“We get a lot of first time spectators to our events and they almost all come away saying the same thing: they're surprised at just how good the players are and how much fun the tournaments are to attend,” she says.

“If you're a golf fan at all, do yourself a favour and get along to one of these events in the next few weeks. You won't be disappointed with the experience.”

To follow scores and news form all the ALPG events this summer log on to www.alpg.com.au.

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