Date: May 08, 2013
Author: LGU

Aussie women prepare for British Amateur

National Squad member Su Hyun-Oh will join Grace Lennon and Joanna Charlton as part of a Victorian contingent heading to this year&aposs Ladies British Amateur Championship in South Wales. The 111th staging of the Ladies&apos British Open Amateur Championship from 11-15 June takes it to a new Ladies Golf Union venue – the Jack Nicklaus-designed Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club, near Llanelli in South Wales. Not many golf course designers get adjacent roads named after them but this course is on “Nicklaus Avenue, Machynys, Carmarthenshire” The 3.5million course opened to a blaze of publicity in 2005 as a “modern” links course – “old” links lay-outs don&apost have 25 acres of new salt and fresh water lakes, but this one has. It was built to hold championships but also to be enjoyed by the higher handicap golfer, hence it has five sets of tees. From the back tees, it measures 7,121yd. The composite course to be used from June 11 to 15 for the LGU&aposs flagship event for amateurs will come in at 6,290yd, a little longer than when the four Ladies European Tour events were played at Machynys and Kirsty Taylor set the women&aposs professional course record of 61. On paper, the standard of competitors for the Ladies&apos British Open Amateur Championship just keeps getting better. To get into next month&aposs field, capped at 144, a player had to have a handicap of at least +0.2. Andy George, Director of Golf at Machynys Peninsula G&CC, says: “We are very excited to welcome the Ladies&apos British Open Amateur Championship and we are confident the course will provide a stern test for all the competitors. We have, in only eight years since opening, hosted an unprecedented eight championships.” Andy is not the only one looking forward with bated breath for arguably the biggest, most international ladies&apos amateur championship in the world. Stephanie Meadow from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland and a student at the University of Alabama, won the title over the Carnoustie links last June, says: “Winning the British Amateur has been one of the most memorable moments in my golfing career. There are so many great names that have won this championship and I am so honoured to be a part of them. I am very excited about defending the title in June, but the championship is always fun, no matter the outcome.” The winner who steps up to receive the magnificent trophy on June 15 will also earn places in the starting fields at this year&aposs Ricoh Women&aposs British Open over the Old Course, St Andrews, the US Women&aposs Open and the Evian Championship – if she is still an amateur when the relevant events are played. After two rounds of stroke play, the 64 players with the lowest aggregates will go into the matchplay stages.