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RACV Ladies Masters

Round 4 - Aussie rookie Oh claims first title

February 15, 2015
Su-Hyun Oh, 2015 RACV Ladies Masters

Australian teenager Su-Hyun Oh has won the first tournament of the 2015 Ladies European Tour season, the RACV Ladies Masters, becoming the fourth home winner of the championship.

The 18-year-old Victorian signalled her arrival as a world class player by capturing her first title at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast in only her second tournament as a professional.

With rounds of 69, 75, 72 and 69, Oh finished at seven-under-par atop of the leader board and three clear of English pair Florentyna Parker (69) and Charley Hull (73) and 2009 champion Katherine Kirk (69).

As Kirk and Parker walked to the clubhouse sharing the lead at four under, Oh made her winning move by reeling off four straight birdies at the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.

Outright fifth was South Korean Annie Choi, while six players finished at two-under-par including South African Lee-Anne Pace and leading amateur Rebecca Kay.

Oh said that words of encouragement from her idol Karrie Webb who texted messages of support before her final round has helped her to stay relaxed.

“I spoke to Karrie. I asked her: ‘what do I need to do, you've won this eight times.'”
“Karrie said ‘just don't think, just do it kind of. Just let it go, just keep doing what you're doing.”

Oh burst into tears of joy on the 18th green after tapping in her winning birdie putt, before hugging her father Suk Gu Oh, who acted as caddie for the week.

“I got pretty emotional, didn't I? That was a bit weird,” said the exuberant teenager.

Co-runner up Kirk was full of praise for Oh and the way in which she claimed her first victory after having secured an invite from tournament director Bob Tuohy.

“She looked pretty composed out there, she's got the goods,” said Kirk, who fired rounds of (70-75-72-69).
Oh, the world's number one ranked amateur in 2013, finished second on her professional debut in the Oates Victorian Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf tour the previous week and she had also finished tied for second behind Karrie Webb at Royal Pines as an amateur in the Ladies' Masters in 2013. This was her fourth time playing in the championship.

The Ladies Masters' has a tradition of producing world class players with Webb, Sweden's Annika Sorenstam and Mexico's Lorena Ochoa all going on to be ranked No.1 in the world after winning the title.

Having secured the opportunity to join the Ladies European Tour with her win, Oh is now looking for back-to-back wins with next week's ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open starting on Thursday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Round 3 - Clyburn, Hull and Choi in slim lead

February 14, 2015

England’s Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and South Korean Eun Woo ‘Annie’ Choi share the lead after the wind swept day at the RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland.

It was a day where the RACV Royal Pines course won, with the best score of the day one-under-par 72 which was had by a handful of players. The leader board is jam packed with 17 players within four shots of the lead.

Clyburn posted a one-over-par 74, while Choi and Hull had two-over-par rounds. The leaders will take a slender one shot lead into Sunday over Australian Su Oh (72), Norway’s Tonje Daffinrud (72) and second round leader Rebecca Artis. The Australian took a three shot lead into Saturday but struggled in the conditions and carded a six-over-par 78, however she is right in the mix.

Local 16-year-old amateur Rebecca Kay finished her round in style with an eagle and got the biggest cheer from the crowd on the 18th. Kay (73) shares seventh place with Malaysian Michelle Koh (72) and Chinese Taipei Ssu-Chia Cheng (74) at two-under-par.

Three players are at one-under-par and just three off the leaders, one of these players is Rolex World No. 29, Lee-Anne Pace. Pace is the top ranked player in the field and finished birdie, eagle and is will looking to capture her 10th LET title. Last October she came from five shots down to win the Cell C South African Women’s Open.

The 2009 champion, Katherine Kirk is one of five players at even par. England’s Melissa Reid and Gwladys Nocera are also at even-par and are all very experienced players who could also make a charge on Sunday.

Defending champion Cheyenne Woods fired an even par round, but that was enough to move up around 30 places. Woods is at five-over-par and tied for 37th.

Round 2 - Artis storms to lead in Queensland

February 13, 2015
Rebecca Artis, RACV Ladies Masters R2

Australian Rebecca Artis fired an impressive round of seven-under-par 66 to charge to the top of the leader board at the RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland.

Artis, from New South Wales, now calls the Gold Coast home and carded eight birdies and one bogey in her seven-under-par round to lead the Masters at nine-under-par.

A winner on the LET at the Helsingborg Open in 2013, Artis will take a three shot advantage into the third round at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. Leading the chase is England’s Charley Hull who posted her second consecutive round of three-under-par 70 and South Korean Annie Choi, who carded a two-under-par round of 71 to be right in the mix.

Artis came into the media centre with a huge smile and said: “Yeah a good round of golf – take that.”

“I started the round with a bogey and they always say you start a good round with a bogey. So it was seven under, I’ll take that.”
Artis is comfortable being at the top: “I put myself in contention a few times over the last couple of years and had the win in Sweden a couple of years ago and I feel like my game’s really going forward.”

A change to her putting has made a big difference to her confidence. “I’ve changed my putting to left hand low. I changed after the second round of LPGA Q School which is not ideal but I just felt like I really had to make a change with my putting. My coach was over there and Geoff my husband who caddies for me he was there, and we just made a group decision that it was time to make a change with my putting; it’s worked wonders really.”

“You know, I can start the ball on line now, you know the line I choose, and it’s just been a matter of getting used to the feel of it and getting the pace because it feels a little bit different. But I feel like as if you know I’ve got that now and I feel comfortable over it now. I felt a bit nervous, especially last week when it was the first tournament I played with it but I feel like I’m really comfortable over the putter now and can start the putts on line so which is a nice feeling.”

Outright fourth is England’s Holly Clyburn (71), while France’s Gwladys Nocera (71) and LET rookie and winner of the 2014 Xiamen Open Ssu-Chia Cheng from Chinese Taipei (69) share fifth place at three-under-par. Australian Breanna Elliott (69), first round co-leader Su Oh (75), Norway’s Tonje Daffinrud (70) and amateurs Rebecca Kay (70) and Hannah Green (73) are all at two-under-par.

Defending Champion Cheyenne Woods had a day she would rather forget on the course, signing for a 78. Her day started out so well when she had a blast going on her first helicopter ride over the magnificent Gold Coast. “It was awesome,” Woods said, however her day went downhill.

“It was horrible, from the helicopter ride my day went downhill, it happens. I didn’t have any birdies today, I didn’t really play well at all. I was scrambling a lot, I don’t know what the cut will be, but I hope to be playing the week-end.”
Woods made it right on the cut number of five-over-par and 67 players will contest the weekend.

Round 1 - Oh and Choi leading Masters in Australia

February 12, 2015
Su Oh, RACV Ladies Masters

Teenagers Su Oh and Eun Woo (Annie) Choi share the lead after the opening round of the RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast.

The duo carded four-under-par rounds of 69 to hold a slender one shot lead over a quartet of players, England’s duo of Holly Clyburn and Charley Hull, Norway’s Caroline Martens and 2009 Champion Katherine Kirk. Six players are at two-under-par including last year’s runner-up Camilla Lennarth, NSW Rebecca Artis, England’s Florentyna Parker and Canadian Lorie Kane.

Oh, who was out in the morning wave got off to a sluggish start from the 10th tee and went out in one-over-par, however went on a birdie blitz on her back nine, with four birdies in five holes. She then finished off her round in style with an eagle on the par 5 9th when she holed her 10 metre eagle putt.

When asked about her round, Oh responded “You know, I got off to a really slow start, I was one over after 9 and then it all kind of unfolder at the end. I’m happy with the finish.”

Oh is very familiar with the Ladies Masters and is comfortable and confident. “I think this is my fourth time to the Australian Masters and I’m feeling pretty good. I feel quite confident to be here and this is kind of where I want to belong if I turn pro.”

For Choi, the 19-year-old got it to six-under-par with two to play, however she unfortunately finished bogey, bogey to drop back into a share of the lead with Oh.

Right behind Oh is fellow compatriot Kirk, who played her first round with borrowed clubs and clothes. When it was proposed that, “You can play with any equipment you’re that good, and wear anything?” the Queenslander laughed and responded: “I don’t know about that, I think I just had a good day and got lucky I guess. I guessed a few clubs right and very unexpected but I’ll take it.”

The good news is that Kirk’s clubs have arrived and she was pleased when informed after her round.

“I have been told they’re here. So I’ll be getting the clubs out this afternoon and probably trying to hit a few with those, trying to get reacquainted with them and the feel. But I was fortunate, I went over to the Palm Meadows yesterday and Leigh and Peter Harrington have a fitting facility and Matt over there helped me out.”

South African Lee-Anne Pace, the highest ranked player this week at No. 29 on the Rolex World Golf Rankings, is at even par and tied for 22nd. Also at even par is last week’s winner Marianne Skarpnord. Dame Laura Davies is a further shot back and tied for 34th position, while Rachel Hetherington didn’t get off to the best start and back in 76th place at four-over.

Scores

Pos.
Player R1 R2 R3 R4
Total
Score
Prize Money
AUS $
1
Su-Hyun OH 69 75 72 69
-7
285
53,594.40
2
Florentyna PARKER 71 74 74 69
-4
288
26,856.75
2
Charley HULL 70 70 75 73
-4
288
26,856.75
2
Katherine KIRK 70 75 74 69
-4
288
26,856.75
5
Eun Woo CHOI 69 71 75 74
-3
289
15,149.35
6
Sally WATSON 77 70 74 69
-2
290
9,461.20
6
Camilla LENNARTH 71 75 72 72
-2
290
9,461.20
6
Lee-Anne PACE 73 73 72 72
-2
290
9,461.20
6
Ssu-Chia CHENG 74 69 74 73
-2
290
9,461.20
6
Emma DE GROOT 72 75 73 70
-2
290
9,461.20
6
Rebecca KAY 74 70 73 73
-2
290
6,157.40
12
Melissa REID 72 73 74 72
-1
291
6,157.40
12
Laura JANSONE 73 74 75 69
-1
291
6,157.40
12
Michelle KOH 74 71 72 74
-1
291
6,157.40
12
Jiwon JEON 72 73 74 72
-1
291
N/A
16
Beth ALLEN 76 73 75 68
E
292
5,243.32
16
Tonje DAFFINRUD 74 70 72 76
E
292
5,243.32
16
Holly CLYBURN 70 71 74 77
E
292
5,243.32
16
Rebecca ARTIS 71 66 79 76
E
292
4,671.65
20
Felicity JOHNSON 73 73 74 73
1
293
4,671.65
20
Amy BOULDEN 72 73 73 75
1
293
4,671.65
20
Gwladys NOCERA 72 71 76 74
1
293
4,671.65
20
Connie CHEN 75 73 75 70
1
293
4,341.15
24
Christine WOLF 75 71 78 70
2
294
4,341.15
24
Lorie KANE 71 74 75 74
2
294
3,858.80
26
Marion RICORDEAU 76 70 77 72
3
295
3,858.80
26
Marianne SKARPNORD 73 74 74 74
3
295
3,858.80
26
Cheyenne WOODS 73 78 73 71
3
295
3,858.80
26
Kristie SMITH 73 75 72 75
3
295
3,858.80
26
Pei-Yun CHIEN 73 73 78 71
3
295
3,858.80
26
Yu-Ju CHEN 77 72 75 71
3
295
3,858.80
26
Marta SANZ 74 73 75 73
3
295
3,376.45
33
Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 77 73 72 74
4
296
3,376.45
33
Nicole BROCH LARSEN 75 72 75 74
4
296
3,376.45
35
Anne-Lise CAUDAL 73 77 74 73
5
297
3,215.66
35
Hannah GREEN 71 73 80 73
5
297
N/A
37
Isabelle BOINEAU 74 74 74 76
6
298
2,894.10
37
Carly BOOTH 77 73 78 70
6
298
2,894.10
37
Whitney HILLIER 72 75 73 78
6
298
2,894.10
37
Adriana BRENT 74 75 79 70
6
298
2,894.10
37
Su-Bin JANG 74 71 78 75
6
298
2,453.43
42
Pamela PRETSWELL 75 74 74 76
7
299
2,453.43
42
Breanna ELLIOTT 75 69 79 76
7
299
2,453.43
42
Pennapa PLUSAWATH 71 78 75 75
7
299
2,453.43
42
Yu-Sang HOU 74 74 75 76
7
299
N/A
46
Laura DAVIES 74 74 76 76
8
300
2,072.32
46
Eleanor GIVENS 72 76 77 75
8
300
2,072.32
46
Yu Yang ZHANG 77 74 74 75
8
300
2,072.32
46
Vikki LAING 75 74 78 73
8
300
2,072.32
46
Hannah COLLIER 75 73 78 74
8
300
2,072.32
51
Stacey KEATING 77 74 74 76
9
301
1,822.21
51
Tamie DURDIN 75 75 73 78
9
301
1,822.21
53
Jessica SPEECHLEY 75 76 73 78
10
302
1,679.29
53
Liv CHENG 77 74 75 76
10
302
1,679.29
53
Karis DAVIDSON 78 72 76 76
10
302
N/A
56
Valentine DERREY 74 72 80 77
11
303
1,464.91
56
Alison WHITAKER 72 74 78 79
11
303
1,464.91
56
Rebecca CODD 74 77 77 75
11
303
1,464.91
56
Caroline MARTENS 70 77 80 76
11
303
1,464.91
60
Anne VAN DAM 76 73 79 76
12
304
1,250.54
60
Esther SO-JIN BAIK 72 75 82 75
12
304
1,250.54
62
Tiranan YOOPAN 73 77 77 78
13
305
1,179.08
63
Sydney COX 73 73 85 75
14
306
1,143.35
64
Nina HOLLEDER 75 74 81 77
15
307
1,107.62
65
Da Eun KIM 73 75 80 80
16
308
1,1071.89
66
Sophie GUSTAFSON 76 75 79 79
17
309
1,036.16
67
Grace LENNON 75 75 79 82
19
311
1,000.43
The Cut
68
Georgina SIMPSON 76 76
6
152
68
Kylie WALKER 77 75
6
152
68
Chloe LEURQUIN 74 78
6
152
68
Fabienne IN-ALBON 76 76
6
152
68
Sophie WALKER 77 75
6
152
68
Linda HENRIKSSON 77 75
6
152
68
Ellen DAVIES-GRAHAM 77 75
6
152
68
Rachel HETHERINGTON 77 75
6
152
68
Gennai GOODWIN 78 74
6
152
77
Alexandra VILATTE 80 73
7
153
77
Isabella RAMSAY 77 76
7
153
77
Lauren HIBBERT 75 78
7
153
77
Mireia PRAT 73 80
7
153
77
Kate SCARPETTA 75 78
7
153
77
Hsin Ning YEH 76 77
7
153
83
Michele THOMSON 75 79
8
154
83
Nanna MADSEN 78 76
8
154
83
Steffi KIRCHMAYR 79 75
8
154
83
Noora TAMMINEN 76 78
8
154
83
Bree ARTHUR 75 79
8
154
83
Alex STEWART 78 76
8
154
83
Nadine SMITH 77 77
8
154
83
Ai-Chen KUO 76 78
8
154
83
Victoria LOVELADY 76 78
8
154
83
Kristen FARMER 78 76
8
154
83
Hayley BETTENCOURT 76 78
8
154
83
Sarah-Jane BOYD 77 77
8
154
95
Julia BOLAND 79 76
9
155
95
Danielle MONTGOMERY 76 79
9
155
95
Nikki GARRETT 78 77
9
155
95
Elmay VIKING 78 77
9
155
95
Jing YAN 77 78
9
155
95
Mathilda CAPPELIEZ 77 78
9
155
101
Stephanie NA 84 72
10
156
101
Tamara JOHNS 79 77
10
156
101
Samantha TROYANOVICH 80 76
10
156
101
Ashleigh BLACKSELL 79 77
10
156
101
Jemma PARTRIDGE 79 77
10
156
101
Annabel DIMMOCK 78 78
10
156
107
Patricia SANZ BARRIO 79 78
11
157
107
Lina BOQVIST 78 79
11
157
107
Cathryn BRISTOW 77 80
11
157
107
Katy JAROCHOWICZ 78 79
11
157
107
Katelyn MUST 81 76
11
157
107
Ashley SHOLER 80 77
11
157
107
Lauren BLEASE 79 78
11
157
107
Jordana KEATON 78 79
11
157
115
Hannah BURKE 74 84
12
158
115
Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 79 79
12
158
115
Leigh WHITTAKER 80 78
12
158
115
Daisy NIELSEN 78 80
12
158
115
Jennifer RAY 79 79
12
158
120
Jenna HUNTER 75 84
13
159
120
Cherie ALISON 81 78
13
159
120
Jessica DENGATE 82 77
13
159
120
Alexandra ORCHARD 78 81
13
159
120
Heather MACRAE 79 80
13
159
120
Elissa-Jayne ORR 84 75
13
159
126
Nancy HARVEY 80 80
14
160
126
Rebecca GREEN 85 75
14
160
128
Stacey TATE 78 83
15
161
128
Amolkan PHALAJIVIN 79 82
15
161
130
Joanne MILLS 81 81
16
162
131
Carmen RAILTON 84 79
17
163
132
Michelle BRISTOW 81 85
20
166
133
Ashley ONA 82 85
21
167
134
Sienna LAMBERT 85 91
30
176
135
Breanna GILL 84
11
84

 

Preview

DATES: February 12-15 2015
SITE:   Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast
Co-sanction: ALPG
Tournament stats & info
PRIZE MONEY: €250,000 / AUS $358,000

This week, the most exciting season in LET history is about to begin with the RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, Australia, starting on Thursday. The field of 144 players is well prepared and ready to start the season at the beautiful at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast. The high calibre field features 10 Ladies European Tour winners from 2014, including the defending champion Cheyenne Woods from the United States, England’s Charley Hull and Florentyna Parker, Frenchwomen Gwladys Nocera, Valentine Derrey and Julie Greciet, Scotland’s Kylie Walker, South Africans Lee-Anne Pace and Connie Chen, Ssu-Chia Cheng of Chinese Taipei and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden.

They are joined by fellow luminaries such as Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord, who won the Oates Victorian Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour on Sunday, Sophie Gustafson from Sweden, England’s Dame Laura Davies, Queensland’s Katherine Kirk, Canadian Lorie Kane and Australian great Rachel Hetherington.

Hetherington is making a return to the ALPG tour after retiring from the LPGA in late 2010. She has been busy as the 2001 Evian Masters champion and her husband, Greg Ritchie, added to their family with the birth of Annie several years ago. Hetherington also has her own Golf Range and teaches at Sanctuary Cove.

The eight time winner on the LPGA has finished in the top 10 at Royal Pines six times in her career with her best finish being runner-up to Karrie Webb in 2001. Hetherington will certainly be a crowd favourite along with Woods and three time winner Davies.

Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy said: “I’m thrilled with the composure of the new look field this year, and in particular the strong mix of players, and for the first time from the China and Taiwan LPGA Tours. The participation and calibre of the Asian players will generate extensive media interest in Asia which all goes well for destination Gold Coast and the RACV Royal Pines Resort course.”





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