2019 Season has Begun!
Welcome to my new website! Thank you so much for visiting and showing an interest in my journey on tour. Hard to believe that this is my 15th year on tour! In fact, yesterday (Feb 12) I qualified for my 11th Australian Open in a row. It is always an honour to play in a national open and the Australian Open is one of the best so I am thrilled to be playing this week at The Grange in Adelaide, SA.
Although it is only the 8th week of 2019 I have been very busy playing around the world. I started my year in Abu Dhabi at the FBLMO at Saadiyat Beach where I won in 2016. It was a new pro am format which was fantastic and was even lucky enough to be drawn with a couple friends. Unfortunately, I was still getting the rust/frost off my clubs in the first two rounds but managed to break par in the 3rd to finish T-33.
I went from Abu Dhabi to the Taiwan Women’s Golf Open which was held in Kaohsiung. I had never been to Taiwan before so it was great to visit a new country. One of the reasons that I joined the LET in 2008 was to use golf as a vehicle to travel, experience new cultures and meet new people. I have been so lucky to meet many people in my travels and last year at the Indian Open I played in the pro am with the Taiwanese ambassador James Tien. James and his wife were kind enough to put me in touch with a lovely family in Kaohsiung who looked after me all week during the Taiwan Open! The field was strong in Taiwan and I was happy to make the cut but a bad back 9 on Sunday meant my result wasn’t great. I look forward to going back next year for sure because it was a fantastic event on a really good golf course.
From Taiwan I headed down under for the Australian swing. Things have changed dramatically on tour with Australia throughout the 11 years I have been coming down. Up until 2017 the Australian Open was co sanctioned with the LET. About the top 20 from our exemption rankings would get a start and it is an event we all look forward to with a big purse. The Vic Open is also part of the Australian swing which was an LET/ALPG event in 2017 and 2018 but now not sanctioned at all with the LET. Because of this and the fact that I am no longer an LPGA member, I needed to join the ALPG and go to their tour school in Ballarat Victoria. There were about 80 players, 8 spots in the Vic Open up for grabs and 20 spots in a small event leading up to the Vic Open after the qualifying school. I finished T-19 so gained status but no start in the Vic Open. I was pleasantly surprised the next day to have received an invite to play the Vic Open! I was thrilled and so grateful to the organisers for giving me the opportunity. As many of you may have seen, the Vic Open is co sanctioned with the Mens European Tour, the PGA of Australia, the LPGA and the ALPG. We play on the same two courses for equal prize money. It is an outstanding showcase of golf and so unique. Unfortunately, I missed the cut for the first time at the Vic Open in the 7 that I have played. After a couple days off that included wine tasting and a wonderful Sunday afternoon in Melbourne I traveled to Adelaide feeling determined to get a start in the Australian Open. In very windy and rainy conditions I had -3 to be joint leader of the qualifier and get a spot! Follow live scoring on the LPGA app or website to see how I go!
That brings you all up to date and rest assured there will be a lot more to follow! Be sure to send comments, ideas for my next blog, or anything else! Thank you again for visiting www.bethallengolf.com