Date: April 26, 2007

Australia’s best set for WA Women’s Stroke Play

The nation&aposs best female amateurs are arriving in Perth for next week&aposs Bowra & O&aposDea Women&aposs Golf WA 72-Hole Stroke Play. Played from 30 April to 2 May, the event will be held at highly renowned Lake Karrinyup Country Club on the northern outskirts of Perth. A star-studded field will line up in the tournament led by Australian Amateur Champion Sunny Park and five National Squad members including Emma Bennett (VIC), who finished second to Park in a playoff at the Amateur in Sydney last month. Her Australian team mates Bree Arthur (QLD), Frances Bondad (NSW), Kate Combes (VIC), Stephanie Na (SA) and local Kristie Smith (WA) will join the pair in Perth as they vie for the title over the coming week. Hometown prospect Smith will be hoping to add the title to her list of achievements before she embarks on an exciting journey to attend college and play golf for Oklahoma State later this year. The 18-year old won the 2007 Victorian 72-Hole Stroke Play and is keen to repeat the dose in her home state before heading for the United States. Another local who will be looking to impress next week is Stacey Shanahan. The West Australian won both the Senior and Junior State Championships last year and will be looking to prove herself against the nation&aposs best young women. The Lake Karrinyup course has undergone a number of changes including significant improvements to greens and bunkers. The original Alex Russell routing and concepts have been retained but Golf Australia Course Consultant Mike Clayton was called upon to add his touch, allowing for enhanced drainage and better conditioning all-year round.