Date: September 17, 2008

Women’s Australian Open debuts at Metropolitan

Golf Australia is pleased to announce that the 2009 Women’s Australian Open will make its debut at the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Club on Melbourne s world-famous sandbelt from 12-15 February 2009. Home to seven previous Men’sAustralian Opens and the 2001 Accenture World Match Play Championship, the stunning Metropolitan club is widely recognised as one of the finest championship courses in the country and is ranked among Australia s top 10. Chairman and acting CEO of Golf Australia, Anne Lenagan said, “The Metropolitan is a wonderful club with an outstanding golf course, which we are sure players will relish. We are delighted to continue the wonderful Victorian success story that was started at Kingston Heath earlier this year. Metropolitan Golf Club Captain Bruce Baskett, said he was delighted to welcome some of the world s finest women golfers and fans to Metropolitan. The Australian Open is the pinnacle of women’s golf in Australia and we re excited to be hosting this prestigious championship. Mr Baskett continued: We believe our superb course, which is well practised in hosting international golfing championship, will provide a stern challenge for the cream of women’s golf. The announcement coincides with the launch of the striking new Women’s Australian Open logo which will feature prominently in the lead up to the championship. It reflects the glamour and elegance of the championship and the dynamic calibre of golf on offer.