Date: June 14, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Queenslanders tackle huge challenge

It's a special moment for two young Queenslanders tomorrow as they tackle the Korea Women's Open.

Gold Coast duo Karis Davidson and Becky Kay, among Australia's best-performed amateurs, have been given another top accolade for their form.

Having recently jointly won the Karrie Webb Series scholarship, they have been given starts in the national championship of the sport's undoubted female superpower by the Korean Golf Association.

Golf Australia high performance director Brad James said it was both a tremendous honour and reward.

"We have the highest respect for the KGA and for them to give starts to Karis and Becky is a real feather in their cap," James said.

"Both have played well at the amateur level not only in Australia, but around the world in the past year or so.

"But now they have this tremendous opportunity to showcase their games against the level of competition they will look to compete against when they turn professional."

The Korea Women's Open is one of the most prominent events on the KLPGA Tour, which has helped produce eight of the top 14 players in the current world rankings.

"This is going to be really stiff competition for Karis and Becky, so we look forward to seeing how they stand up," James said.

Davidson and Kay will soon take up the chief prize in their Karrie Webb scholarship – the opportunity to join Australia's greatest female golfer for a week at the US Open.