Women's Australian Open

The Women’s Australian Open is a stroke play tournament organized by Golf Australia and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. It’s also co-sanctioned by both the Ladies European Tour and the US-based LPGA Tour. The first Open took place in 1974 – two years after the formation of the ALPG – as a 54-hole event at Victoria Golf Club, with Chako Higuchi from Japan winning by three strokes from Canadian Sandra Post and Americans Pat Bradley and Judy Rankin.

The inaugural contest was sponsored by Wills, the British tobacco company, but the following four editions had Qantas as the title sponsor until the tournament then entered an elongated fifteen-year hibernation period as interest in the female professional game appeared to simply just vanish into an antipodean black hole between 1979 and 1993.

Thankfully, normal service resumed with a 72-hole event in 1994 at Royal Adelaide Golf Club when Annika Sörenstam won her very first professional competition by a 5-stroke margin against her nearest rival. The following year, the championship moved to Yarra Yarra Golf Club outside Melbourne, where it was won by another Swede, Liselotte Neumann. The Open then remained at that venue for a further six editions before moving on to Terry Hills Golf & Country Club in New South Wales in 2003.

Women's Australian Open – Karrie Webb and the Patricia Bridges Bowl

The tournament has had a few different sponsors in the new millennium, starting with an insurance firm then an investment company but the Japanese non-profit organization International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) Handa – which promotes the participation of the visually disabled in golf – has been the title sponsor since 2011.

Players compete annually for the Patricia Bridges Bowl, ...

Women's Australian Open host courses

Commonwealth

12th Victoria - Best in Area 21st Australia Ranking 27th Oceania Ranking

Commonwealth Golf Club is a close neighbour of The Metropolitan and Yarra Yarra Golf Clubs, the three forming private golfing oases in modern Melbourne’s southward suburbs.

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Concord Golf Club

8th New South Wales - Best in Area 38th Australia Ranking 52nd Oceania Ranking

Founded in 1899, Concord Golf Club is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious clubs where Tom Doak’s Renaissance Design has breathed new life following a course renovation…

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Kooyonga

2nd South Australia - Best in Area 27th Australia Ranking 36th Oceania Ranking

Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat.

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Manly

35th New South Wales - Best in Area

Situated just a few blocks inland from Manly’s famous white sandy beach, Manly Golf Club has been in operation for over a hundred years, celebrating its centenary in 2003.

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Royal Melbourne (East)

5th Victoria - Best in Area 11th Australia Ranking 14th Oceania Ranking

While it does not quite offer the grand theatre of the West, Royal Melbourne's East is still a fantastic golfing experience and holds its own versus all other courses in the Melbourne area.

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Women's Australian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kevin P Courses Played 16
= Brendan James Courses Played 16
= Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 16
= Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 16
5 Gregory Kuriata Courses Played 15
6 Peter Wood Courses Played 14
= Stuart Mitchell Courses Played 14
= david morgan Courses Played 14
= Stuart Beck Courses Played 14
= Steven Ivak Courses Played 14