Date: February 04, 2010
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ALPG Tour – OH BACK TO DEFEND NSW OPEN TITLE

(4 February 2010 – Oatlands Golf Club, Sydney)

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Sydney&aposs Sarah Oh is ready to defend her Bing Lee / Samsung NSW Women&aposs Open title this week at the magnificent Oatlands Golf Club in Sydney.

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The 2008 ALPG Rookie of the Year thrilled her home crowd last year with a three shot victory over reigning ANZ Ladies Masters Champion, Katherine Hull.    Oh’s win was made all the more special when her mother came out to watch her play the final round, the first time she had watch her daughter play in a professional tournament as she had previously been too nervous to watch.

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The Oatlands golf course provides a wonderful venue for the Championship, each year presented in immaculate condition, offering a mix of challenging tree lined holes and reachable par fives all featuring small and beautifully bunkered greens which test the accuracy of irons and nerves of the putter.  

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Crowd favourite and reigning Women&aposs Australian Open Champion, England’s Laura Davies, has arrived in Sydney and is ready to contest for the  title she won in 2008 when she defeated Oh by two shots.

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Davies will certainly not have it her own way and will be competing against the strongest Australian contingent ever assembled at the Bing Lee / Samsung NSW Women’s Open.  Along with Oh, Katherine Hull returns and will be looking to go one step better after finishing runner-up to Oh last year.  Canberra’s Nikki Campbell, coming off her best year on the LPGA of Japan, which included a win at the Fujitsu Ladies will be teeing it up.

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Last week’s winner of the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic, West Australian Kristie Smith will be looking for back-to-back victories after she blew the field away last Sunday with her final round 9-under par 64 to finish 16-under par and two shots clear of Hull.

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Other Australians here this week include three-time winner on the LPGA Wendy Doolan, fellow LPGA players Sarah Kemp and Sarah-Jane Smith, inaugural NSW Women’s Open winner and Oatlands member Joanne Mills, two-time LET winner Nikki Garrett and rising stars Susie Mathews, Bree Arthur, Stephanie Na and Rebecca Flood.

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As in previous years the tournament provides an important opportunity for Australia’s leading amateurs to play alongside the professionals, in an event which is included in the prestigious Karrie Webb Series. This series comprises all major amateurs’ titles as well as two of the ALPG Tour events in which points are allocated to leading amateur placegetters. At the conclusion of the Series, the leading two amateurs are flown to the United States to share a week under the wing of Karrie Webb at an LPGA tournament. In addition, Karrie invites both girls to spend time at her Florida residence as well as spending quality time with leading LPGA players who offer important advice to the potential stars of Australian golf.    

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