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Two of the nation's most important golf championships will return to the domestic golf scene in 2022.
The Australian Women's Classic- Bonville on the NSW Coffs Coast, is scheduled for April 21st to 24th, 2022, while the Women's NSW Open will be held at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club from April 28th to May 1st.
Graeme Phillipson, Chief Operating Officer - Golf NSW, said the resumption of the co-sanctioned tournaments following their forced cancellation in 2021 would be welcome news for many of the sport's leading athletes.
"Opportunities for our sport's elite all but evaporated during COVID with cancellations and uncertainty," Mr Phillipson said. "So it's an absolute thrill to see Australian Women's Classic and Women's NSW Open back on the schedule for 2022."
Mr Phillipson added the renewal of the co-sanctioning arrangement with the WPGA and Ladies European Tour (LET) for both events would again provide an excellent avenue for a future star of the sport to make their mark.
"You have to look no further than the astounding results of the 2020 Champion at Bonville, Steph Kyriacou, and where she has gone in the sport in such a short space of time, to realise what an opportunity these events are for our game's brightest up-and-coming talent."
Both tournaments proved incredibly popular with the players pre-pandemic, and Mr Phillipson said he expected strong fields for both events this time around.
"Feedback from the players about the events gets better each year, and the reputations of each is growing accordingly. For many, the tournaments are a welcome sign of some normality returning, and although a little later in the schedule than previous years, the conditions will be perfect for golf."
The Australian Women's Classic - Bonville
Formerly known as The Australian Ladies Classic - Bonville, the name change reflects the competitors' athleticism and influences the widerl conversation around recognising sporting achievement through talent.
Venue: Bonville Golf Resort
Date: April 21st to 24th, 2022
2022 Purse: EUR 240,000 (est AUD 375,000)
Past Champions of the Classic include:
2018: Celine Boutier (FRA)
2019: Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
2020: Stephanie Kyriacou (a) (NSW)
Women's NSW Open
Moving to Coolangatta & Tweed Heads for the first time, The Women's NSW Open boasts an impressive list of past champions in its relatively young history.
Venue: Coolangatta & Tweed Heads GC
Date: April 28th to May 1st, 2022
2022 Purse: Eur 210,000 (est AUD 329,000)
Past Champions include:
2006: Jo Mills (NSW)
2008: Dame Laura Davies (ENG)
2009: Sarah Oh (NSW)
2010: Sarah Oh (NSW)
2011: Caroline Hedwell (SWE)
2012: Lydia Ko (NZL)
2013: Caroline Hedwell (SWE)
2014: Joanna Klatten (FRA)
2015: Holly Clyburn (ENG)
2018: Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
2019: Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
2020: Julia Engstrom (SWE)