ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open First Round Notes and Interviews

Suzann Pettersen
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Suzann Pettersen of Norway plays an approach shot during day one of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at The Victoria Golf Club on February 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
The Victoria Golf Club
Victoria, Australia
First-Round Notes and Interviews
February 13, 2014

Suzann Pettersen -6, Rolex Rankings No. 2
Jessica Korda -5, Rolex Rankings No. 23
Hee Young Park -5, Rolex Rankings No. 17
Jaclyn Sweeney -5, Rolex Rankings No. 424
Lydia Ko -4, Rolex Rankings No. 4
Sarah-Jane Smith -4, Rolex Rankings No. 163


Suzann Pettersen began her 2014 season in style on Thursday as she fired a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The Norwegian ripped through The Victoria Golf Club recording nine birdies and three bogeys to take a 1-stroke lead over Jessica Korda, Hee Young Park, Jaclyn Sweeney, and Marion Ricordeau heading into tomorrow’s second round.

Playing in her first tournament of the 2014 season, it took Pettersen some time to get comfortable and trust the swing that led her to four victories last season. While the No. 2 ranked player in the Rolex Rankings had the comfort of mulligans throughout her practice in the offseason, the reality of being allowed to only play one ball quickly set in during today’s opening round.

“I felt like it took me a couple of holes to kind of get comfortable,” said Pettersen. “One thing is to go out and play in practice rounds and always have a second ball in the pocket to drop down if the first one didn't kind of go where you want it to be, but today it's all in. I've got to play the ball as it lies and it's a little different story when you have to put a score card in. But it was nice to kind of feel a little bit of a pump again, feel the heart and go for shots you want to hit and see how you kind of execute them.”

Despite a slow start to the day with a bogey at the par-4 10th, Pettersen had her first opportunity to fist-pump this season with a birdie at the par-4 13th. After making a par saving up-and-down from the greenside bunker on 14, Pettersen used her length to her advantage and birdied the 289-yard par-4 15th.

Pettersen would go on to return to even for the day after a bogey at the par-3 16th but quickly recovered with back-to-back birdies to make the turn at 2-under-par.

The up-and-down day showed no signs of slowing down for Pettersen as she made the turn after a bogey at the short 233-yard par-4 dropped her back to 1-under for the day. Pettersen was quickly able to recover with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 before reeling off three consecutive birdies on her closing holes to finish the day at 6-under-par.

Pettersen finished in a tie for 22nd at the 2012 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and is no stranger to solid finishes in Australia. In fact, Pettersen feels so comfortable in Australia, she finds it the perfect way to kick-off her 2014 season.

“Every tournament that I come to, I'm here to win,” said Pettersen. “It doesn't matter if we're here or in Sweden, Norway, America; I play to win and I love coming here. It's been - I've had some good results here in the past. I think it's a good way to kick start a new season.”

Inching closer to No. 1… For the first time in 44 weeks the Rolex Rankings could see a new player atop the much sought after standings. While Inbee Park’s lead was seemingly untouchable during the majority of the 2013 season, all that could change this week with a good finish from Suzann Pettersen.

It is projected that with a solo second place finish or win at this week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Pettersen will take over as Rolex Rankings No. 1.

While the No. 1 position in the Rolex Rankings is within Pettersen’s grasp, it is not her top goal. Instead, the 14-time LPGA tour winner has the simple goal of trying to be as good as she can be before stepping away from the game.

“I really just want to see how good I can be,” said Pettersen. “I know I'm good. If I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I'm working on, I just want to see how far I can get and I don't really measure myself up against other players, they're just my competitors. I measure my game; always have, towards the guys. I think I have the most to learn from them. So it's really trying to take baby steps to get better every day. I ain't going to finish this game before I feel like I've reached my potential.”

Juggling act…
Last season Jaclyn Sweeney ripped through the ranks of the Symetra Tour and finished No. 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card season-ending rankings to earn 2014 LPGA Tour status. While the season that included one victory at the season-opening event was an impressive accomplishment in its own, Sweeney did it all while earning her college degree.

“It was unique, to say the least,” said Sweeney. “I think I played my best towards the end of the semesters, which was kind of hard because you really can plan your tournaments around the end of the semester because I knew all my work was done, so I could go out and play. It was just one of those things, it was hard to take an exam right after coming off the golf course and be stressed about that. There's enough stress on the golf course, to be stressed that I'm going to fail a class that I'm paying for, there's a little bit more pressure.”

Often times Sweeney would play a competitive round then rush to the nearest location with wireless internet to turn-in a homework assignment or complete a test.

“It was just one of those things, it was hard to take an exam right after coming off the golf course and be stressed about that,” said Sweeney. “There's enough stress on the golf course, to be stressed that I'm going to fail a class that I'm paying for, there's a little bit more pressure.”

While Sweeney travelled throughout the United States with text books in tow last season, this year is different as she earned her degree from Arizona State University during the offseason.

“It's really, really nice not to have books with me at all,” said Sweeney, “that I can bring a nice book just to read on the plane, I can listen to music, I can just relax; which is a huge, huge thing for me.”

Cool, Calm and Collected… Playing in only her second LPGA Tour event as a professional, Lydia Ko is playing with the poise and calm demeanour of even the most experienced veteran. The 16-year-old began her professional campaign in impressive fashion posting a tie for fourth finish in the Bahamas.

The quick start catapulted Ko into the lead of the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year rankings and after one round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, she stands in a tie for fifth.

With already two LPGA Tour victories under her belt, turning professional has been a walk in the park for the New Zealand native.

“I think it's actually the opposite, you know, I feel so relaxed here,” said Ko. “I play such good golf over here and everyone's supporting me, so I feel really relaxed. I think I'm more pressured when I'm home/home in New Zealand but it's always great to come out here and play in Australia.”

Aussie Pride… There is no denying that Karrie Webb has been the face of Australian women’s golf but if Sarah-Jane Smith has something to do about it, it’s time for another Aussie to take the reins.

“Yeah, I think so,” said Smith of Webb being the face of women’s golf in Australia. “I mean, we don't talk about it too much but absolutely Karrie's been, like you said, flying the flag for Australian girls for a really long time and none of us has really helped her out too much. Obviously Stacy (Keating) and Rebecca (Artis) have had wins in Europe over the last couple of years but as far as the States go, Australia hasn't done a hell of a lot, other than Karrie, I mean she's killed it obviously. So I think it's time a couple of us sort of pulled it along a bit I think (laughs).”

Australia currently stands No. 8 in the International Crown standings and will compete in the inaugural event in July. With only four playing able to compete and represent their country, Smith currently stands on the outside looking in ranked sixth amongst her fellows Aussies.

Playing in front of her home country during Thursday’s first round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Smith made a charge up the leaderboard with a 4-under 68.

Hoping to land a spot on the team, Smith devoted her time in-between weddings this offseason to fine-tuning her game in preparation for the season.

“Yeah, I think so; it's getting there,” said Smith. “It felt like I figured it out - if you can figure it out - at the start of last year I sort of felt really good and felt like I was going the right way and then just lost track a little bit, got a little technical throughout the year and had some pretty poor results. I then kind of figured it out a little bit and had a good solid month before we came home with my coach and got much less technical and a bit more back to feel how I sort of played I guess as an amateur more.”


Tweet of the Day…
Hit balls behind @suzannpettersen today. She's good. I mean really good. I feel bad for ball whenever she hits it. #poorball #ouch – Anya Alvarez @anyaalvarez

Quotable… “Have you not see my guns? That's all I've been doing this off season LAUG.” – Suzann Pettersen joked with the media regarding her muscles from working out.


Suzann Pettersen, Rolex Rankings No. 2

THE MODEDRATOR: Just where we expected you to be actually?

SUZANN PETTERSEN: Oh really, that's nice LAUG.

THE MODERATOR: You played well out there today.

SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, the first round of the year I’m always anxious to get started. I had a very good warm up. It took me a little while to get really comfortable, to trust what I've been working on but figuring out that the trust is stronger than the rest, so I had a lot of great shots. I also must say I feel like I left a lot of shots out there. I mean, I three putted a couple of greens, stupid three putts really.

But also I felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of good chances, putted, for the most part, well. It was a little bit of a mixture but 66 opening round, I'm very, very happy.

Q. Suzann, you made a couple of nice saves on 12 and 14 out of the bunker as well, sort of maybe kick started your confidence?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Twelve was an easy up and down, 14 was a very poor tee shot, not trusting what I should do at all meant I really was short sighted. I hit a great sand save and then decided to hit a driver on 15, almost got to the green. So I really just tried to trust - I got some extra yards in the bag so I'm just really trying to take advantage of those and I guess if you look at the score card, I played all the par 5s pretty good today, even though I wasn't in poll position on some of the holes, I managed to somehow get a birdie.

So, ideal conditions today. I don't think you can ask for any better. So this is the second tournament it's been like this, I don't expect this to stay like this. From great conditions, feeling good with my game, I feel like 66 was a great score today.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the drive on 13? That was probably an absolute bomb you did down there. Do you do stats, do you know how far that went?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Have you not see my guns? That's all I've been doing this off season LAUG.

Q. I think it's about 280, is that about right?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: That's nothing. I hit drives much further than that LAUG.

Q. Suzann, there are a couple of scenarios this week, that if you finish second or better you'll take over No. 1 in the Rolex rankings. I know you just said you don't really care, but is that really true?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, it is really true. I really just want to see how good I can be. I know I'm good. If I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I'm working on, I just want to see how far I can get and I don't really measure myself up against other players, they're just my competitors. I measure my game; always have, towards the guys. I think I have the most to learn from them.

So it's really trying to take baby steps to get better every day. I ain't going to finish this game before I feel like I've reached my potential.

Q. What do you think is your goal; do you have a goal that you're reaching for?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: We'll see, time will show.

Q. The way that you finished the round, do you feel like you're excited by the way you finished it? Are you kind of eager to get back out there? Do you feel like you were playing your best golf towards the end?

SUZANN PETTERSEN: I felt like it took me a couple of holes to kind of get comfortable. One thing is to go out and play in practice rounds and always have a second ball in the pocket to drop down if the first one didn't kind of go where you want it to be, but today it's all in. I've got to play the ball as it lies and it's a little different story when you have to put a score card in.

But it was nice to kind of feel a little bit of a pump again, feel the heart and go for shots you want to hit and see how you kind of execute them.

Q. Have you actually really been spending a lot of time in the gym in the off season, was that a big focus for you?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well for me being strong, being fit, it's actually complementing my swing. I've always liked to work out and in the winter you have a little more time. At one point I thought I had almost overdone it but I'm feeling good, feeling energised and like I said, it's complementing what I'm trying to achieve with my swing, trying to get more speed, so more explosive.

Q. On Tuesday I think it was, you were on the practice fairway and your caddie I presume it was, had an iPad and you were interacting with your coach.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, I use a lot of different devices, Facetime is a great one, other times we use videos and you send them off as emails. There's just so much different analyse programs and stuff. Sometimes it's just nice to get a little bit of a good eye, looking what you're doing but overall I feel very good. I've done a good job at home so it's small bits and pieces.

Q. Where was your coach at the time when you're doing that interaction with him?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: It was actually just a friend; it wasn't actually too much of a coach, no.

Q. You were listening to him a lot.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: He was cracking lots of jokes and that's what we were doing.

Q. He's a funny friend?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Funny friend. I've got a lot of funny friends.

Q. Are there any male golfers that you particularly like the way they play?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well I think overall, I think the guys are more creative with the golf ball, they hit more shots, which I've always - that's kind of how I play. I don't just kind of hit a straight shot, I usually work the ball towards certain pins and I just feel like I learn a lot from watching the best male golfers play, even just watching them on telly, you can see kind of how they're using their different shot making to attack certain pins.

You see some girls I think do that, but not as many as on the guys and I've been fortunate enough to play and practice with the best guys in the world and learn a lot.

Q. Because these courses demand different shot making than a lot of the courses you play for the rest of the year, do you carry the same 14 clubs in your bag or do you kind of mix it up a little bit because of the questions that courses like this ask you?

SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, I usually stick with my 14 clubs. Last year I was playing a little bit around with the balance in the wedges because the ground's so firm. Other than that, I'm pretty stuck. I've got a driver 3 wood and a hybrid; then my 4 iron is my first iron. That pretty much suits every course that I play.

But definitely it's fun to come out and play a course like this where it really demands certain tee shots and it's just fun to take stuff on and see if you can execute.

Q. Suzann, we hear a lot from the Australian players obviously about the importance of this event, but for someone like you, is this a big tournament on the schedule?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Every tournament that I come to, I'm here to win. It doesn't matter if we're here or in Sweden, Norway, America; I play to win and I love coming here. It's been - I've had some good results here in the past. I think it's a good way to kick start a new season. This will be my first tournament of four-in-a-row so if I can take some good stuff from this week, that's kind of what I'm looking for and going to keep building towards the craft.

Q. Do the courses entice you down here or it just works well for your schedule? Is that a factor for you or not?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well I think if you were to pick, I think this is actually quite a tough course. If I could actually choose, I would like to play this as the third event, not the first. But at the same time, it's a good challenge. You've got to execute, there's no bail outs and that's how you're going to get your game quite sharp, so playing four rounds here is going to really help the game develop.

Q. You mentioned your swing speed and trying to get your swing faster, what is your swing speed and how does it compare to last year?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well I'm actually hitting it further with the driver, which is nice. I have an extra year if I really want to. I think I managed to get the club head speed up to 102 over Winter, which is quite good for me. Ball speed over 150, that's a good one. So I'm just hitting my driver with a lot less spin so it actually flies a long way and it actually runs. The same with the iron pretty much.

But overall, I mean, you just try to do tweaks here and there. I feel like I've had a great driver in the past, it's always been quite easy to find the middle of the fairway but sometimes I feel like I have - I should have another 10 or 15 in the bag, which I now have. So just a little bit of changing shaft and increased loft in the driver, so higher launch, less spin.

Q. Are you saying that that's compared to last year?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, that's to last year or actually to the last driver I've had in the bag. So it's just small changes. The equipment is there to help you, if you can really find the right match for you. So I'm very happy with all my clubs at the moment and just really trying to continue working hard on my putting.

Today the good was good and the bad wasn't so good LAUG but I guess that's how it is.


Jessica Korda, Rolex Rankings No. 23


Q: Well done on the 67, it’s a good start?
JESSICA KORDA: Thank you. It was a good day out there. It was a little windy in the beginning but turned into a beautiful day so I can’t really complain.

Q: Going into tomorrow morning, conditions were good for scoring this morning – are you feeling that tomorrow?
JESSICA KORDA: Definitely. I also think that they were pretty good for the afternoon. Definitely the fairways and the greens are little bit drier than you would expect in the morning but we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

Q: How bouncy is it out there?
JESSICA KORDA: Certain greens were and certain greens weren’t so you’ve got to pick and choose your battles but it was good – a good day.


Hee Young Park, Rolex Rankings No. 17

Q. Wonderful round of five under par today, you must be really thrilled?

HEE YOUNG PARK: Yeah, I had fun but it was pretty tough conclusion for the first round.

Q. The first round being back pins, that makes it really difficult, because the ball does not stop well around here?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I mean greens pretty like bumpy and like tough, harder, so back pin position is over the green, then there's no way to go. There are a lot of corner back pins around there. So I was expect the first round will be like easy, middle of the green pin position and get some score, but it wasn't; so pretty tough.

Q. Does it make you worry about what's to come?
HEE YOUNG PARK: No, I try to not think about result first, so I try to do like above the pin, like short of the pin and then try to uphill putt more, I think that's a lot of help to it.

Q. What was the strong part of your game today, was it the driving or the irons?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I can tell my driver, I can hit it more straighter than my putter LAUG and I've been working out pretty like every day, like off season, so my distance got a little more farther and my irons are pretty good and solid. So I think my irons are more accurate.

Q. Hee Young, it's always fun to have you in the mix and good luck for the rest.
HEE YOUNG PARK: Thank you so much.

Lydia Ko, Rolex Rankings No. 4

Q. Lydia, a really strong start to the Australian Open at four under par. You must be really happy with that?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, it was a really good round. I made a couple of silly mistakes like making a bogey on 8, which was a par 5. Most of the time you make a birdie, then a bogey, so I was a little upset about that but then I kind of finished it well with another birdie and that.

Q. How's the course playing out there, because it is one of our top golf courses in Melbourne and it's not easy?
LYDIA KO: It's definitely not easy. I came here with a goal, maybe three under par and I shot better, so that's great. But you know, seeing Suzann up top and then she had an amazing round, it can get really tough, especially with the wind getting higher.

Q. We've talked about the pressure on you, you've left the amateur ranks and you're now in the professional ranks, playing in Australia, we claim you, even though you're a New Zealander, we claim you as Australian. Is there a little bit of pressure coming to Australia because we're all wanting you to do so well, so quickly?

LYDIA KO: I think it's actually the opposite, you know, I feel so relaxed here. I play such good golf over here and everyone's supporting me, so I feel really relaxed. I think I'm more pressured when I'm home/home in New Zealand but it's always great to come out here and play in Australia.

Q. You finished off the end of last season well in some professional events and it's been a great start again to this year, so we'll just continue to look forward to you going ahead in leaps and bounds and good luck for the weekend.
LYDIA KO: Thank you very much.


Jaclyn Sweeney, Rolex Rankings No. 424

Q. Alright, five under?

JACLYN SWEENEY: Yes, no bogeys, that's always a positive. I played well. I only missed, I'm going to say, one or two greens and left myself a lot of birdie opportunities and then I just kind of capitalised on it when I was inside of 10 feet. My goal was not to look at score boards, but I looked at the score board because we were waiting on 8 tee, which was the 17th hole, I was like score board there, score board to my left and I just couldn't not look.

I looked at it on 9 and I was like, well you don't need to make this because it's not the last day but I'd really like to make putt. I made a birdie on 9, which was nice and hit a really great wedge shot from about 50 yards. It just was easy.

Q. What are your thoughts on the golf course?
JACLYN SWEENEY: The golf course is great. The first time I saw it I thought it was a great course to golf on, really precise with your irons and really precise off the tee. You can get in some bad spots out here if you don't hit the fairway and there are a lot of slopes off the green, so you have to kind of be careful where they put the pins, that you could just slope and go 40 yards into a bunker LAUG.

Q. Yeah, I think it was well documented last year that you were not only playing golf, you were going to school. How nice is it to be able to play golf and this be kind of your only worry?
JACLYN SWEENEY: It's really nice. I graduated in December. When I walked across the stage, I knew I'd passed everything but I hadn't had my final grades, so to get my diploma and mid junior was a big accomplishment for me. I didn't realize how much it meant to me until I walked across the stage and was like every other normal college kid of having a degree now. You know, it's a huge accomplishment for me just in life, besides golf and it's always good to have something outside of golf to kind of pre-occupy your mind and now I'm learning what my dad does for a living, so that's my next little goal LAUG.

Q. How difficult was that last year to play and go to school? I know it was quite a juggle?
JACLYN SWEENEY: It was unique, to say the least. I think I played my best towards the end of the semesters, which was kind of hard because you really can plan your tournaments around the end of the semester because I knew all my work was done, so I could go out and play. It was just one of those things, it was hard to take an exam right after coming off the golf course and be stressed about that. There's enough stress on the golf course, to be stressed that I'm going to fail a class that I'm paying for, there's a little bit more pressure.

So it's really, really nice not to have books with me at all, that I can bring a nice book just to read on the plane, I can listen to music, I can just relax; which is a huge, huge thing for me.

Q. Yeah, you've been out here before, you know what it takes. Do you think that helps this year coming into it?
JACLYN SWEENEY: I think so, you know, I'm not kind of blinded by the oh it's easy, it's a big step up, even from Symetra Tour but having that experience of being out there for a few years definitely helped me. You get to a point where things don't really bother you as much and certain things are more important than golf. You kind of just realise that. It's easier to go out and play, it's not the end of the world. Having a college degree, it is what it is; this is the job that I've chosen to do. It's not like it got pushed onto me, so I have to enjoy it.


Sarah-Jane Smith, Rolex Rankings No. 163

THE MODERATOR: Sarah, great round four under I believe?

SARAH JANE SMITH: Yes, thank you very much.

THE MODERATOR: No bogeys.
SARAH JANE SMITH: Yeah, no bogeys, which is nice, stress free, sort of LAUG.

THE MODERATOR: You played well. I think you finished 10th in New Zealand and 12th last week?
SARAH JANE SMITH: I think sixth in New Zealand and 13th I think last week.

THE MODERATOR: So your game's in great shape, all ready for Victoria?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Absolutely, I love coming down and playing in Melbourne. I've been really looking forward to this week. I've planned my start of the season around this week.

THE MODERATOR: What was your strength out there today?
SARAH JANE SMITH: I hit my irons well and then the last few holes I putted pretty well. I put myself in not the best positions coming in and holed a couple of really nice five footers for par, so that was good.

THE MODEARTOR: What have you been looking forward to in coming to Victoria, do you just love the sandbelt courses?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Yeah I do, I really love it here. I was actually born in Geelong, my family moved to Queensland, so I don't know, it kind of feels a little bit like home, even though it's not really anymore, but it does feel like it.

Q. It's obviously mid-February but it must feel like almost your mid-season form?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Yeah, it's been a crazy start to the year. We came home for Christmas and then my husband's sister got married in Fiji, so we went to Fiji, straight to the Bahamas and then New Zealand, Gold Coast, here; so we're a few in at the moment. But I like to play a lot, so it sort of suits me.

Q. You got in a really good groove the last couple of years; you haven't quite done that thing that takes you to the next level yet. Is it there?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Yeah, I think so; it's getting there. It felt like I figured it out - if you can figure it out - at the start of last year I sort of felt really good and felt like I was going the right way and then just lost track a little bit, got a little technical throughout the year and had some pretty poor results. I then kind of figured it out a little bit and had a good solid month before we came home with my coach and got much less technical and a bit more back to feel how I sort of played I guess as an amateur more.

Q. How do you do that, how do you throw technique away?
SARAH JANE SMITH: We're still doing a lot of technical stuff but just much more simple drills, no positions, more simple drills like split hand and more feel stuff, rather than I want it in this position at this angle kind of thing. We sort of stepped away from that and got a bit more into that sort of stuff.

Q. Clearly you've got a job ahead of you, how far can you take it? Can you find that one that will kick you into the next sort of stratosphere?
SARAH JANE SMITH: I hope so. I mean, I've worked really hard on my short game over the last year. My ball striking was pretty ordinary last year, which is something I've never had before, so my short game sort of helped me out a lot. So hopefully now that I've got my ball striking back and put the two together, I think that might be the next step hopefully.

Q. Sarah Jane, the conditions look pretty good for scoring out there. When you started did you have a number in mind? Was 68 pretty pleasing or did you think you could go a bit lower?
SARAH JANE SMITH: I think there's a lower one out there, but I'm happy with that score. I didn't really think too much of the score. I mean obviously you have the two par 5s to finish each nine and then one where you can knock it on, so there's a lot of really good opportunities out there.

Q. All the time that you play the National Open, I imagine that sits pretty high on your list of potential priorities?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Absolutely, I mean, there's nothing better than playing in your home country in the National Championships. It's definitely something that's always been super special for me.

Q. Do you feel comfortable - you said it feels a bit like home - on these courses, because they do challenge your game, unlike so many others around the world that I imagine you play on pretty regularly?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Yeah, I guess I started playing golf in Queensland so I didn't grow up playing these beautiful golf courses but I love chipping and running and all that sort of stuff. So I really enjoy coming here.

Q. Just looking at the rankings Sarah Jane, Karrie is flying the flag now isn't she. Is this something that you guys talk about, sort of getting the next wave of girls up again?
SARAH JANE SMITH: Yeah, I think so. I mean, we don't talk about it too much but absolutely Karrie's been, like you said, flying the flag for Australian girls for a really long time and none of us has really helped her out too much. Obviously Stacy and Rebecca have had wins in Europe over the last couple of years but as far as the States go, Australia hasn't done a hell of a lot, other than Karrie, I mean she's killed it obviously. So I think it's time a couple of us sort of pulled it along a bit I think. LAUG

 

Topics: Notes and Interviews, Pettersen, Suzann, Webb, Karrie, Park, Hee Young, Sweeney, Jaclyn, Smith, Sarah Jane, ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Korda, Jessica [+]

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