MANY of the world’s best women golfers will descend on Canberra this summer for the 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
The event will again be the season-opener for the global LPGA Tour and will be played in Canberra for the first time.
Dates have been announced for the Royal Canberra Golf Club event from 14 to 17 February and the open will have a prize pool of US$1.2 million.
Headlining the early commitments to the event is four time champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb.
Webb has won 7 Major Championships and 38 times on the LPGA Tour over an illustrious career and is looking forward to teeing it up in Canberra.
Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said 2013 marked another major milestone for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open which has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
“Last year was a landmark year of success for the Women’s Open in moving on to the global stage with the LPGA Tour and we’re looking forward to our first visit to Canberra” Pitt said.
“ISPS is now in its third consecutive year as title sponsor and their support has had an exceptional impact on both the tournament and women’s golf in Australia. We are delighted to be part of Canberra’s Centenary events and appreciate their desire to see the championship grow and Golf Australia is looking forward to supporting ISPS in their mission for golf to become a Paralympic Sport,” Pitt said.
“This championship has prided itself in recent years in bringing the best players in the world to Australia and 2013 will continue that trend. We look forward to welcoming the international stars back to Australia and to having our four-time champion Karrie back with us again,” Pitt said.
ABC TV will again broadcast comprehensive coverage of the championship across all four days.