Date: September 08, 2007

Triple Open winner Karrie Webb to defend title

Karrie Webb Golf Australia announced that triple Australian Open winner, Karrie Webb, will defend her title in the 2008 MFS Women&aposs Australian Open in Melbourne. Karrie is among the greatest Australian golfers of all-time, her record unmatched in Australian golf history. The signs for her competitors are ominous – the World number two and seven-time major winner has recaptured her scintillating form and is keen to add a third Australian Open title to her previous wins in 2000, 2002 and 2007. “With the Women&aposs Australian Open on the schedule, it&aposs such an exciting opportunity to play a great course in Kingston Heath. It’s got all the girls on the tour talking about it.” The announcement reinforces Karrie&aposs commitment to Australian women&aposs golf, on the back of the recently announced Karrie Webb Series and the Karrie Webb Scholarship program, as part of Australia s elite golf development program for young Australian women golfers. “I&aposm not going to play forever and I&aposd like to have a hand in developing these great young players,” she said. Golf Australia&aposs Executive Chairman of the Australian Opens, Paul McNamee said: “This announcement is a tremendous reinforcement of the Open&aposs resurgence. Australian women&aposs golf is on the rise, in no small part to Karrie&aposs efforts and achievements. “Karrie&aposs support is unwavering and we are delighted she has committed to defend her title.” It will be the first time the Women&aposs Australian Open is played at Kingston Heath – one of the World&aposs leading golf courses. “Kingston Heath is a world class layout and will provide the perfect setting for the action,” said McNamee. The 2008 MFS Australian Open will be held from 31 January 3 February, 2008.