Evian Championship 2014 – Australian Contenders


There is a buzz around the Evian Championship 2014 where 120 players from 26 countries have gathered not only to remind the world how good they are but to vie for the title as the Evian Championship winner.

Although only 7 Australians are competing this week, they will march as an army of ten fold. They might not have an Aussie emblem or colours blazing but the golfing world knows who they are. They are our Aussies and they will give it a good go this week.

Nikki Campbell turned professional in 2002 and is a member of the LET and ALPG Tours. She is currently in 5th on the ISPS Handa Order of Merit. Campbell comes in with boosted confidence after successive T7 finishes at Ladies Scottish Open in August 2014 and the Helsingborg Open. Her steely determination will see her there on day 4.

Sarah Kemp. Why do I smile when I think of her? She is funny and savvy. Kemp turned pro in 2005 and has 6 ALPG victories. She is yet to win on the LPGA but when her game is on track as it was at the Shoprite LPGA Classic where she finished the week at T19. Kemp will certainly make the most of every moment this week.

Katherine Kirk (Hull) Turned professional in 2003 and had her first pro win in 2008. Kirk hasn’t been able to secure a win yet this year although places herself in position to do so. In July 2014 at the Marathon Classic, Kirk finished with a T4 and happy that her form was back. If she gets a good start, watch for Kirk’s name to be on the board.

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Minjee Lee. What better place to start your professional career other than at a Major. It won’t faze Lee, she is a star. She is a world Number 1 amateur champion, two-time Australian amateur champion and is coming off a heroic team win for Australia in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.

Sarah-Jane Smith resides in Queensland Australia. She turned pro in 2004 and won her LPGA tour card in 2005. She will be looking to get it all coming together this week after a stellar run in May where she shot a 66 in the last round of the Kingsmill Championship to battle her way to secure 2nd place. Her Rolex ranking of 131 will sure to get a boost this week.

Lindsey Wright is open, honest and amusing. She turned pro in 2003 and has 2 career ALPG wins up her sleeve. Yet to win on the LPGA, she posted a season best at the Marathon Classic in July with a T7. Wright was one of 4 players who represented Australia in the International Crown. I am looking forward to seeing her name up there.

Karrie Webb World No 9, Australia’s most successful golfer to date with 41 career wins, including the Grand Slam and in 2005 was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Yes, you know who she is. Webb has had 4 top 10 finishes so far in 2014 with 2 wins. She is a previous Evian winner in 1996 and is in great form coming off a T13 position in the Canadian Pacific Open in August 2014. She’s ready anywhere, anytime.

The Australians, a very likeable lot. They love their sport and they are very good at it. Our golfers have their game face on.

Say G’Day from me when you see them out there!

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