Date: January 22, 2009
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ALPG – BAILEY TAKES OUT CLUB CAR SERIES WITH WIN AT BRANXTON

With her win at the Xstrata Coal Branxton Golf Club Pro-Am, Rachel Bailey came from behind to win the season-long Club Car Series to collect the $7,500 winner’s cheque. Susie Mathews, the leader by 140 points going into the final round, failed to pick up any points and fell to second position, and picked up $5,000 after an outstanding set of results during the Series.
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rnBailey started the season with a win at the St George’s Basin Country Club Pro-Am. She followed that with a second place finish at the Gujarat NRE Cup after she lost a playoff to New Zealand’s Stacey Tate. She also had Top-10 finishes at the Peugeot Kangaroo Valley ALPG Classic and the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Pro-Am. She leads the ALPG Order of Merit with $11,409.58, heading into the LG Bing Lee NSW Women’s Open.
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rnAfter saying she was “shocked” with her win at Branxton, she added, “Winning the Club Car Series is huge for me. The money will really help me out with paying for some of my costs on tour, both here and in the US. The bonus pool is a great incentive for me, as I have no sponsors, every dollar counts. It’s the same for a lot of the girls.
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rnMathews, who posted seven Top-8 results in the first seven events, couldn’t keep the momentum going, finishing T27 at Branxton. After a year off, concentrating on her golf, Mathews led the field going into the final round at both St George’s Basin and Kangaroo Valley. Her list of results included 2 runner-up finishes and a third and she proved herself the most consistent player of the Series. The format of the Club Car Series meant that only the best five results counted for each player, meaning the affable South Australian was a victim of her own consistency.
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rnIn third place was Denmark’s Mianne Bagger, who herself posted an impressive set of finishes with two runner-up finishes, a 3rd, a 7th and a 10th. She heads into the major events in good form and sits 4th on the Order of Merit with $8,098.81 in prizemoney.
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rnTwo-time winner this season Tate, finished in fourth place in the Club Car Series, just 90 points behind Bagger. A new member of the ALPG, she sits 3rd on the Order of Merit with $8,138.95 in prizemoney. In fifth place was Sarah Kemp who rocketed up the points table after her win at Royal Canberra and she was followed by Joanne Mills (6th), last year’s winner Vicky Thomas (7th) and Wendy Berger (8th) all of whom were in the Club Car Series prizemoney.
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rnAustralian Ladies Professional Golf would like to thank Kevin Gates, Director Asia Pacific, from Ingersoll Rand for his and Club Car’s continued support with the Club Car Series. The breakdown of the prizemoney is as follows:
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rnRachel Bailey       $7,500.00    2040 points
rnSusie Mathews    $5,000.00    1580 points
rnMianne Bagger    $3,000.00    1440 points
rnStacey Tate           $2,000.00    1350 points
rnSarah Kemp         $1,000.00    1280 points
rnJoanne Mills         $   500.00    1140 points
rnVicky Thomas       $   500.00      960 points
rnWendy Berger       $   500.00      900 points

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Click here for the final points table.