Date: February 25, 2016
Author: Michelle Hardy

THE FAN: What an experience!


Michelle Hardy was one of the winners of Golf Australia's money-can’t buy experience at #WomensAusOpen. She wrote about her experience for


I was so excited to have won the money-can’t buy experience at #WomensAus Open, and it certainly was that! 

My daughter (aged 11 and a keen golfer) and I were lucky enough to follow Minjee Lee and Thidapa Suwannapura around as honorary observers inside the ropes.  It was amazing watching these 2 world class golfers up so close.  We walked inside the ropes for 15 holes and saw Minjee score 5 birdies and Thidapa an eagle! We followed them around inside the ropes up until the 15th hole when we had to leave for lunch.   

We watched Minjee and Thidapa finish their rounds whilst having a drink on the balcony of the club rooms overlooking the 18th green – what  a view it is from there!

We then went inside and enjoyed a gourmet buffet lunch in the Golf Australia Club.  After lunch we were given a tour through the media centre and got to sit in the chairs where the players get interviewed – my daughter had her first golfing interview and we were lucky enough to have lots of lovely photos taken of her interview! 

We then had a quick tour through the players lounge before heading back out to the course to watch players warming down on the practice range.  It was there that we saw Minjee Lee who allowed us to take a lovely photo with her.  She also gave us a signed personalised ball!  It was a fantastic day and certainly was a money-can’t buy experience that we will remember for along time! 

Thanks Golf Australia!

Michelle Hardy