Aus­tralia’s Au­gusta al­ways tough to a ‘tee’

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - PAR FOR THE COURSE: GOLF FEATURE -

THE eyes of the golf­ing world will be on Coffs Har­bour again in 2019 with the re­turn of the Aus­tralian Ladies Clas­sic Bonville.

The event will run from Fe­bru­ary 21-24, with a Pro AM run­ning prior to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Bonville Golf Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Brad Day­mond said the event would be tele­cast glob­ally to around 70 coun­tries, at­tract­ing play­ers from more than 60 dif­fer­ent na­tions.

“We will have some of the best play­ers in the world as we did last year”, Mr Day­mond said.

Golf NSW CEO Stu­art Fraser said he was ex­cited to again be part­ner­ing with the NSW Gov­ern­ment to bring this event to life.

“The con­fir­ma­tion of the 2019 tour­na­ment is a tes­ta­ment to the suc­cess of the 2018 event”, Mr Fraser said.

Win­ners of the tour­na­ment, co-sanc­tioned by the Ladies Euro­pean Tour and the ALPG, share in a prize purse of $350,000.

2018 win­ner Ce­line Boutier fin­ished the tour­na­ment in em­phatic style, fin­ish­ing two shots ahead of her near­est ri­val and 10 un­der par for the event.

Boutier staved off chal­lenges from Eng­land’s Holly Cly­burn and Aus­tralia’s Han­nah Green and Re­becca Ar­tis dur­ing the fi­nal rounds.

A host of big names in­clud­ing World Golf Hall of Fame in­ductee Dame Laura Davies and the US‘s Christina Kim fea­tured in the 2018 field and Bonville Golf Re­sort is aim­ing to se­cure an even stronger con­tin­gent of mar­quee play­ers for the 2019 event.

“Our aim is to at­tract the best of the best to Bonville with a goal of mak­ing the Aus­tralian Ladies Clas­sic one of the most talked about and at­trac­tive events on the tour,” Mr Day­mond said.

Prepa­ra­tions for 2019 have already be­gun, en­sur­ing that the golf course is ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar once again.

The Aus­tralian Ladies Clas­sic Bonville is quickly be­com­ing a flag­ship ma­jor sport­ing event for the Coffs Coast, adding sig­nif­i­cantly to the re­gional vis­i­tor econ­omy and po­si­tion­ing Coffs Har­bour as a des­ti­na­tion of choice for the high­value in­ter­na­tional tourist.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

TOP VIEW: The fourth hole at Bonville Golf Re­sort is one of the high­lights at the world-class course.

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