Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Caroline Hedwall Edges 13-Year-Old for ALPG Win

Brent Kelley's recent post reminded me the ALPG's new season is getting into gear and in their 1st big tournament of 2011, the Bing Lee Samsung NSW Women's Open, Caroline Hedwall edged 13-year-old Lydia Ko when the teenager 3-putted from short range on the final hole. Note how many notables Ko beat over 54 holes!

1st/-11 Caroline Hedwall
2nd/-10 Lydia Ko (a)
3rd/-8 Stephanie Na
T4/-7 Katherine Hull, Sarah Kemp, Kristie Smith, Ryann O'Toole
9th/-5 Sarah-Jane Smith

T13/-1 Laura Davies, Jessica Shepley
T18/E Sarah Oh
T23/+2 Frances Bondad
T26/+3 Nikki Garrett
T30/+4 Nicole Hage
T42/+7 Kim Welch
T46/+8 Candace Schepperle
T59/+13 Sunny Park

MC: Cathryn Bristow

Don't forget that Sarah Oh was looking to 3-peat this past weekend, Laura Davies always seems to win in that neck of the woods this time of year, Kristie Smith was in the running for LET Rookie of the Year during the first half of last season, Stephanie Na leads this season's ALPG Order of Merit, and Katherine Hull is probably the best Australian professional golfer right now and was coming off 2 consecutive wins in lesser ALPG events. The only things that would have made Hedwall and Ko's accomplishments even more impressive is if Karrie Webb had competed--along with other LPGAers who have won or contended down there in the past like Ji-Yai Shin, Ya Ni Tseng, and Amy Yang.

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