The Vic Open will give fans their first look at some new faces in the LPGA lineup – these are the players I’ll be following closely, in Australia and during the following early season events
The Vic Open, co-sanctioned this year for the first time by the ALPG and LPGA, is always an engaging event. Historically, the Vic Open has attracted an international field and it provides an early-season glimpse of what’s to come.
Although Australians dominated the top of the 2018 leaderboard, seven different countries were represented among the top-10 finishers. Three of the high finishers – Minjee Lee (1st), Georgia Hall (T3), and Pernilla Lindberg (T5) had stunningly successful seasons.
The 2019 Vic Open field marks the LPGA debut for a number of new rookies, some of them coming to the Tour fresh from collegiate careers and others making a shift from the Ladies European Tour via the LPGA Q-Series last fall.
Others on my list of players to watch are women who are early in their pro golf career or in the process of reviving their games and their careers. All have very promising games and while they may not yet be ready to close the deal and hoist a trophy, they do know the taste of victory and they’re playing to claim a spot on the front page of the leaderboard.
I’m looking forward to getting a closer look at their games as they navigate the13th Beach Club Links in Victoria. It’s a challenging track, a par 73 traditional links course Australian style, that will play a healthy 6625 yards.
I’ll follow up with top 10 power rankings for the Vic Open field, but for the moment let’s get better acquainted with some new faces on the LPGA stage.