Date: April 20, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Oh wins ALPG money title

Melbourne’s Su Oh has won the ALPG Order of Merit for season 2014-15.

Just as the 18-year-old finished T14 in the Symetra Tour’s Patty Berg Memorial in Floriday, she secured her home money list title in her first season as a professional.

Oh’s win at the Ladies Masters at Royal Pines in February was the cornerstone of her success, with the $53,594 pay day providing the bulk of her $80,429 summer total.

The Golf Australia rookie squad member needed good early-season results to qualify for her first national championship as a professional and didn’t disappoint.

Oh was runner-up at the Pennant Hills Pro-Am, before repeating that feat in her state Open championship at 13th Beach in February and storming home on the Gold Coast.

The placings behind Oh were only finalised on Sunday with New South Wales golfer Rebecca Artis nabbing second after finishing runner-up in the inaugural Australia Classic at Sydney’s Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club.

Artis led by a shot on to the last tee of the event, co-sanctioned by the ALPG and the Chinese LPGA, but her bogey and playing partner Yanhong Pan’s birdie cost her victory.

But Artis’ cheque for $15,375 gave her $48.084 for the ALPG summer and was enough to lift her past LPGA stars Katherine Kirk ($46,583) and Minjee Lee ($35,276) into second place overall.

Artis, 26, won on the Ladies European Tour in 2013, but her game appears to have gone to a new level this summer with a string of consistent performances, including five top-10s, ensuring her high OOM finish.

“Absolutely it gives me confidence,” Artis said.

“It is all about putting yourself in contention, week in and week out and eventually and hopefully one day I can finish it off again.

“I am looking forward to China and Turkey (and) I had a great Aussie summer so I can’t be disappointed at all.”