ALPG Tour

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The ALPG Tour is a professional golf tour for women which is based in Australia. ALPG stands for Australian Ladies Professional Golf.

The ALPG was founded as the Ladies Professional Golf Association of Australia (LPGAA) in 1972, and switched to its current name in 1991. The first events featured twelve competitors, and the early years were a struggle. However the long term trend was of gradual expansion and by 2004 there were over one hundred and fifty members.

The season features 13 tournaments, usually played over the Australian summer between November and March. The ANZ Ladies Masters and MFS Women's Australian Open have long been the leading events on the tour, with both being co-sanctioned with the more prestigious Ladies European Tour (LET) which helps attract a higher quality field. In 2010 the New Zealand Women's Open became the third tournament to be co-sanctioned by the LET. The ANZ Masters, the Australian Open and the New Zealand Open have prize funds of A$600,000, A$500,000 and A$400,000 respectively, each higher than the prize funds of all 10 remaining events combined. The New South Wales Open and the Royal Canberra Ladies Classic have purses of A$100,000 and A$125,000 respectively, and no other event has a purse of over A$25,000. Since 2012, the Women's Australian Open has also been co-sanctioned by the U.S. LPGA Tour,; in its first year as an LPGA Tour event, the prize fund increased to US$1.1 million. The purse increased to US$1.2 million effective in 2013.

Australian Karrie Webb, one of the leading players in global women's golf, has a background on the tour, and continues to play in its two main events each season. However Webb and other leading members of the ALPG spend most of the year competing outside Australia, principally on the LPGA Tour and the LET.

In January 2012, New Zealand's Lydia Ko became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event by winning the ALPG sanctioned Bing Lee/Samsung Women's NSW Open.[1]

2009 Schedule and results[edit]

Dates Tournament Location Winner Notes
Nov 21, 2008 Aristocrat Mollymook Women's Classic Mollymook Hilltop Golf Club Australia Kate Little (1)
Nov 27–28, 2008 St Georges Basin Country Club Pro-Am St Georges Basin Country Club Australia Rachel L. Bailey (1)
Dec 4–5, 2008 Moss Vale Golf Club Classic Moss Vale Golf Club New Zealand Stacey Tate (n/a)
Dec 8, 2008 Castle Hill Country Club Pro-Am Castle Hill Country Club Australia Angela Tatt (n/a)
Jan 12–13 Peugeot Kangaroo Valley ALPG Classic Kangaroo Valley Resort Australia Karen Lunn (3)
Jan 15 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Pro-Am Royal Canberra Golf Club Australia Sarah Kemp (3)
Jan 17–18 Xstrata Coal Branxton Golf Club Pro-Am Branxton Golf Club Australia Rachel L. Bailey (2)
Jan 23–25 LG Bing Lee Women's NSW Open Oatlands Golf Club South Korea Sarah Oh (2)
Jan 30 – Feb 1 New Zealand Women's Open Clearwater Resort France Gwladys Nocera (n/a)
Feb 5–8 ANZ Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort Australia Katherine Hull (4) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 12–15 Women's Australian Open Metropolitan Golf Club England Laura Davies (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET

2010 Schedule and results[edit]

Dates Tournament Location Winner Notes
Dec 3–4, 2009 St Georges Basin Country Club Pro-Am St Georges Basin Country Club Australia Kate Little (2)
Dec 7, 2009 Castle Hill Country Club Pro-Am Castle Hill Country Club Australia Tamara Johns (4)
Dec 8, 2009 Lady Anne Funerals ALPG Pro-Am Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club Australia Sarah Kemp (4)
Dec 12–13, 2009 Xstrata Coal Branxton Golf Club Pro-Am Branxton Golf Club Australia Sarah Kemp (5)
Jan 21–22 Moss Vale Golf Club Ladies Classic Moss Vale Golf Club Australia Vicky Thomas (3)
Jan 25 Kangaroo Valley Resort ALPG Classic Kangaroo Valley Resort England Laura Davies (n/a)
Jan 29–31 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic Royal Canberra Golf Club Australia Kristie Smith (2)
Feb 25–28 Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open Pegasus Golf Course England Laura Davies (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Mar 4–7 ANZ Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort Australia Karrie Webb (11) co-sanctioned with the LET
Mar 11–14 Women's Australian Open Commonwealth Golf Club Taiwan Yani Tseng (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Jul 5–7 Bing Lee Samsung NSW Women's Open Oatlands Golf Club South Korea Sarah Oh (3)

2011 Schedule and results[edit]

Dates Tournament Location Winner Notes
Dec 2–3, 2010 St Georges Basin Country Club Pro-Am St Georges Basin Country Club Australia Joanne Mills (7)
Jan 8–9 Xstrata Coal Branxton Golf Club Pro-Am Branxton Golf Club Australia Rachel L. Bailey (2)
Jan 13–14 Moss Vale Golf Club Ladies Classic Moss Vale Golf Club Australia Katherine Hull (5)
Jan 16–17 Mount Broughton Classic Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club Australia Katherine Hull (6)
Jan 21–23 Bing Lee Samsung NSW Women's Open Oatlands Golf Club Sweden Caroline Hedwall (n/a)
Jan 28–30 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic Royal Canberra Golf Club Australia Ashley Ona (n/a)
Feb 3–6 Women's Australian Open Commonwealth Golf Club Taiwan Yani Tseng (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 10–13 ANZ RACV Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort Taiwan Yani Tseng (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 17–20 Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open Pegasus Golf and Sports Club Australia Kristie Smith (2) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 24 Lady Anne Funerals Ryde Parramatta Pro-Am Ryde Parramatta Golf Club Australia Sarah Kemp (6)

2012 Schedule and results[edit]

Dates Tournament Location Winner Notes
Nov 24, 2011 Hahn Premium Light & Konami Port Kembla Golf Club Pro-Am Pork Kembla Golf Club Australia Stacey Keating (1)
Nov 25, 2011 Power Ford Castle Hill Country Club Pro-Am Castle Hill Country Club Australia Bree Arthur (1)
Nov 27–28, 2011 Mount Broughton Ladies Classic Mount Broughton Golf Club Australia Stacey Keating (2)
Nov 29, 2011 Lady Anne Funerals ALPG Pro-Am Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club Australia Bree Arthur (2)
Dec 3–4, 2011 Xstrata Coal Branxton Golf Club Pro-Am Branxton Golf Club Australia Tamara Johns (5)
Jan 6–8 Women's Victorian Open Woodlands/Spring Valley Golf Club France Joanna Klatten (1)
Jan 20–22 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic Royal Canberra Golf Club Australia Karen Lunn (4)
Jan 27–29 Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open Oatlands Golf Club New Zealand Lydia Ko (n/a, amateur)
Feb 2–5 Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort Netherlands Christel Boeljon (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 9–12 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Royal Melbourne Golf Club United States Jessica Korda (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET and the LPGA Tour
Feb 17–19 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open Pegasus Golf Course Australia Lindsey Wright (2) co-sanctioned with the LET

2013 Schedule and results[edit]

Dates Tournament Location Winner Notes
Jan 14–15 The Vintage Golf Club Pro-Am The Vintage Golf Club Australia Stacey Keating (3)
Jan 17 Ingham Antill Park Ladies Pro-Am Antill Park Country Golf Club Ltd. Australia Emma De Groot (1)
Jan 19–20 Mount Broughton Classic Mount Broughton Golf Club Sweden Caroline Hedwall (n/a)
Jan 25–27 Bing Lee Samsung Women's New South Wales Open Oatlands Golf Club Sweden Caroline Hedwall (n/a)
Feb 1–3 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort Australia Karrie Webb (12) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 8–10 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open Clearwater Golf Club New Zealand Lydia Ko (n/a, amateur) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 14–17 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Royal Canberra Golf Club South Korea Jiyai Shin (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET and the LPGA Tour
Feb 21–24 Women's Victorian Open Thirteenth Beach Golf Links Australia Stacey Keating (4)

2014 Schedule and results[edit]

Dates Tournament Location Winner Notes
Jan 7 BWAC Regional Employment & Community Services ALPG Pro-Am Yamba Golf Club France Joanna Klatten (2)
Jan 10 Ingham's Antill Park Pro-Am Antill Park Country Golf Club France Joanna Klatten (3)
Jan 13–14 Moss Vale Classic Moss Vale Golf Club Australia Bree Arthur (3)
Jan 17–18 Mount Broughton Classic Mount Broughton Golf Club Sweden Daniela Holmqvist (n/a)
Jan 20 Renault Ladies Pro-Am Castle Hill Country Club Scotland Kylie Walker (n/a)
Jan 24–26 Bing Lee Fujitsu General Women's New South Wales Open Oatlands Golf Club France Joanna Klatten (4)
Jan 31 – Feb 2 ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open Clearwater Golf Club South Korea Mi Hyang Lee (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 6–9 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort Golf Club United States Cheyenne Woods (n/a) co-sanctioned with the LET
Feb 13–16 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Victoria Golf Club Australia Karrie Webb (13) co-sanctioned with the LET and the LPGA Tour
Feb 20–23 Oates Victorian Open Thirteenth Beach Golf Club Australia Minjee Lee (n/a, amateur)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ko plays her way into golfing history Stuff.co.nz, 29 January 2012

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