Adelaide, we know you’re getting excited about the 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Who wouldn’t want to see the female Tiger Woods of this world gather in Adelaide to battle it out on the links? If you’re one of the many who will be heading down to Kooyonga this week then we’ve got even better news for you. The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is set to be played in Adelaide for the next three years!
GA chief executive Stephen Pitt has said that the extension had been signed with the South Australian Government on the eve of the 2018 national championship to make Adelaide the tournament’s home until at least 2021.
Venues for the next three championships are yet to be finalised. But given that we’ve got quite a few prestigious golf courses set in amongst us, we’re sure they’re set to be pretty phenomenal.
“We are incredibly excited to renew for another three years in South Australia,” Pitt said.
“The event has really found a home in Adelaide in the previous two years and we expect another sensational tournament at Kooyonga this week.
“We experienced record crowds and television ratings moving to Adelaide in 2016 at The Grange and that upward trend continued at Royal Adelaide last year as the word spread around the LPGA Tour and rest of the golfing world about the many beauties South Australia offers, both on and off course. “The tournament is extremely important to us in many respects. One of the key planks in Golf Australia’s ongoing strategic focus is to increase female participation in golf, and successfully staging the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is crucial to its success.
“So it’s fantastic to have a government that is so supportive of women’s golf as part of its commitment more generally to world-class women’s sport, and grass-roots participation, in South Australia.”
Having the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide brings us some pretty prestigious things. For start we get to bring the world’s best golfers to Adelaide, showcasing some of Australia’s best golf courses to the world. We also now boast one of the richest prize pools in Australian tournament golf. Of course, along with both of these we get to boast our world-class produce, wineries, and tourism assets to players and visitors alike.
Events South Australia executive director Hitaf Rasheed said the State Government was pleased to extend its partnership with Golf Australia.
“We’re delighted the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open has enjoyed record-breaking success since its return to Adelaide,” Ms Rasheed said.
“Holding this tournament in South Australia reinforces our reputation as a host of world-class events, along with our commitment to support and grow women’s sport.
“We look forward to both this week’s competition and the opportunity to continue working with Golf Australia on an event of the highest calibre.”
The 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open kicks off at Kooyonga Golf Club from 15 February. You can get all the details and tickets through Golf Australia here.