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Ha Na Jang to return to LPGA tour in Australia

August 19, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

STAR South Korean golfer Ha Na Jang will return to the LPGA Tour next year to defend her title at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Tournament organisers announced today that Jang, 25, had already committed to the tournament being played at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide, South Australia from February 15-18.

An amazing finish including three birdies and an eagle in her final six holes landed Jang the Australian Open title in February. However, the No.10 ranked player in the world sensationally quit the LPGA tour in May, to spend more time with family and play on the women’s circuit full-time in Korea.

Golf Australia’s tournament director Trevor Herden said securing the signature of Jang was a real boost for all involved.

“Ha Na was stunning in February – nobody who was at Royal Adelaide will ever forget that sensational finish,” he said.

“That, along with her exuberant personality, is exactly what her huge Aussie fan base will hope to see again.”

Jang said the crowd support at Royal Adelaide last year made for a memorable week.

“It was one of my favourite moments to play so well for the crowds and I’ll never forget how they all got behind me and cheered me to victory,” she said.

“I had such an unbelievable experience in Adelaide – I can’t wait to come back and play again.”

ISPS Handa has committed to being the tournament’s naming rights sponsor for a ninth consecutive year.

It will be the third successive year the South Australian capital has hosted the nation’s premier women’s golf event following successful LPGA tournaments at Grange and Royal Adelaide.

Like the two previous courses, the Kooyonga layout is in the sand belt region in Adelaide’s western suburbs between the city and the sea.

South Australian Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell said the ongoing commitment of the LPGA Tour and ISPS Handa had contributed to the tournament becoming a world-class event.

“After great editions at The Grange and Royal Adelaide Golf Clubs in the past two years, I am confident the 2018 Open at Kooyonga Golf Club will deliver exceptional results for the event and our state,” he said.

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