Date: September 08, 2007
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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.