Women’s Australian Open adds to a sizzling summer of sport

13 February 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Recreation and Sport

Top-ranking international golfers competing in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open have arrived in Adelaide ahead of this week’s tournament.

World number one Lydia Ko (New Zealand), number two Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), number eight Brooke Henderson (Canada), Christina Kim (US) and defending champion Haru Nomura (Japan) are among those who have touched down in South Australia.

Australians Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee and Su Oh will also compete for prize money worth more than US $1.3 million – making it one of Australia’s richest golf prizes.

The four-day tournament starts at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club on Thursday and finishes on Sunday, coinciding with the course’s 125th anniversary.

Background
In 2015 South Australia secured the rights to host the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Next year the event will be held at Kooyonga Golf Club.

For more information about the 2017 tournament visit womensausopen.com

The State Government has invested an extra $70 million to market South Australia nationally and internationally and to attract major events and conferences, and is on track to achieve its goal of an $8 billion visitor economy by 2020.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Recreation and Sport, Leon Bignell
More than 30,000 people attended las year’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Grange Golf Club, which injected $6.5 million into our State’s economy.

The Women’s Australian Open was broadcast to millions of households across Australia and the world, including in the US, China, Japan and UK.

I’m certain this year’s event at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club will generate more incredible results for women’s golf and South Australia more broadly.

Events such as the Women’s Australian’s Open not only contribute to our reputation as a world-class sporting destination, they also shine a spotlight on women’s sport – which the State Government supports at all levels, from the grassroots to the elite.

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