Published on : Thursday, August 17, 2017
The prestigious tournament – won this year by South Korea’s Ha Na Jong – will be played at Kooyonga Golf Club from February 15-18, 2018.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell today joined Golf Australia Chief Executive Stephen Pitt and ISPS Handa Director Midori Miyazaki in Adelaide for the announcement.
It was also confirmed that ISPS Handa will remain naming rights sponsor of the tournament in 2018, the ninth consecutive year it has held the role.
The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is owned and managed by Golf Australia, the governing body for golf in Australia.
The tournament returned to South Australia in 2016 and was held at Grange Golf Club. This year it took place at Adelaide Golf Club, coinciding with the club’s 125th anniversary.
Approximately 26,000 people are members of golf clubs across South Australia. Six of the state’s courses are listed among Golf Australia’s 2016 top 100: Royal Adelaide (10), Glenelg (25), Kooyonga (26), Grange West (28), Grange East (35), and Links Lady Bay (81).
The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open offers US $1.3 million in prize money and is the only Australian golfing event – men’s or women’s – to have a sanctioning agreement with the US Tour and European Tour. This ensures the tournament attracts the very best international players.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open has enjoyed record-breaking success since its return to South Australia, this year attracting an unprecedented crowd of 32,064 fans and featuring some of the very best international players including then world number one Lydia Ko.
South Australia’s strength in hosting world-class events has seen us gain the title of the Best Events State in Australia for the past two years and a place in Lonely Planet’s top five regions to visit in 2017. Events like the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open bring visitors to our state and support our $6.3 billion visitor economy.
South Australia is also proudly leading the way in supporting women’s sport, with athletes competing at all levels in not only golf but sports including cycling, AFL, cricket and motor racing. Our government has pumped a record $24 million of additional funding into women’s sport in the past year.
Quotes attributable to ISPS Director Midori Miyazaki
Dr Haruhisa Handa and the International Sports Promotion Society were thrilled with the event’s reception in Adelaide for the past two years and we believe that, and our long-standing relationship with Golf Australia, strongly contributes to our message about the power sport has to inspire, especially to those less fortunate.