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June 4, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Aussie professional and amateur golfers joined with local amateurs for the first Australian Ladies Professional Golf championships held at the $250 M luxury Sheraton Deva Resort and Spa in New Caledonia.

The winner was Western Australian Breanna Gill with 144 on a countback from Vicky Uwland from the Sunshine Coast. Breanna Took up the game of golf aged 12 at her local public golf course and would pick up the range balls in exchange for free practice and playing opportunities. She was hooked and fell in love with the game. Her dedication has paid off as she collected $6000 of the $40,000 on offer. This is her third win this year having taken out the Club Car series and the Qantas Gold Coast Challenge.

Other high achieving Australians Victoria Fricot and Sarah Kemp are ambassadors for the Resort and finished 10th and third respectively. The two day tournament at the Dye designed course was a huge success and negotiations are underway to make it an annual event. “Our lead time to this event was short, with more time next year we expect the tournament to have an international component and be more commercially viable. Out of four championship courses in New Caledonia this is the only one attached to a resort” said Marketing Director, Jennifer Lee.

Breanna Gill winning Pro

Making up the 60 players were six Aussie pros, two Japanese and one Kiwi plus 30 locals. Victoria, Sarah and Phyllis Meti a Kiwi are all ambassadors for the Sheraton and have a number of other sponsors.  Victoria is sponsored by Audi, Sarah is well known for her trick shots and Phillis has a reputation as the longest hitter in competition.  Among their busy days this group also conduct classes for school kids from 5-15 after each round which has proved very popular and it is hoped this will increase interest, numbers and improve the standard of the game.  Emilie Ricaud a local 17 year old from Noumea has shown fantastic form against the pro’s finishing at the top of the amateurs with 152 and will next year go to the US to finish her education and turn professional. The next ALPG tournament is in Thailand in September.

Emilie and Sarah

The resort and 18 hole golf course is set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the natural beauty of the central-west coast of New Caledonia.

The beachfront property offers a unique South Pacific experience for couples, families and golfers. It fronts onto 13K of white sandy beach and is set in 60 hectares on the central-west coast of New Caledonia.

13 Ks of sandy beach

Situated about 1770 km east of Australia in the South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia is made up of the main island La Grand Terre, about 400 kilometres long, and the Loyalty Islands – Lifou, Maré, Tiga and Ouvéa. There is also the Isles of Pines which lies immediately to the south of the main island. Noumea, the capital city is located near the southern tip of Grand Terre.

Written by John Savage in New Caledonia

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