ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Winners and History

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open WinnersISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Winners and History

Currently co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA, the Women’s Australian Open’s history extends back to 1974 when it was a 54 hole event. The original incarnation of the tournament lasted only until 1978. It was revived in 1978, and was notable for two events: Annika Sorenstams first professional win and Karrie Webb’s professional debut.

Webb would later win the event five times.

The 1999 tournament was missed due to a scheduling change which moved the tournament from November to February. Th change was necessary to place it near the ANZ Ladies Masters so both could be part of the Ladies European Tour.

The Ladies European Tour began co-sanctioning the event in 2000. The tournament’s checkered history continued, however, has sponsorship difficulties resulted in the cancellation of the 2005 and 2006 editions. The LPGA co-sanctioned the event in 2012, which coincided with an increase in the purse to $1.3 million in 2013, and the prize fixed in US dollars.  Since 2011, the tournament’s the tournament’s name sponsor has been ISPS Handa.

The 2012 tournament was played at the Composite Course at Royal Melbourne, the championship course comprising 12 holes from the West course and six from the East course. The Composite Course is considered one of the top courses in the world, and was used for the Presidents Cup competitions in 1998 and 2011.

ISPS Handa is the International Sports Promotion Society, founded and funded by Japanese philanthropist Dr. Haruhisa Handa in 2006. Its goal is to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world and has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.

Dr. Handa is an interesting character. Born in 1951, he operates more than a dozen companies in Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. He has degrees in economics, vocal music, creative arts and a literature. As you might expect, he is an author, who has written more than 220 books that have been translated into seven languages. Some of the best sellers include “Secrets for running a Small Business”, “Understanding Japan” and “Lucky Fortune” – of which more than a million copies have been sold.

A list of ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Winners follows:


ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Winners
2017Jang Ha-NaSouth Korea282 (-10)Royal Adelaide Golf ClubUS$1,300,000
2016Hara NomuraJapan 272 (-12)Grange Golf ClubUS$1,300,000
2015 Lydia Ko New Zealand 283 (-9)Royal Melbourne Golf ClubUS$1,200,000
2014Karrie WebbAustralia274 (-12)Royal Canberra Golf ClubUS$1,200,000
2013Jiyai ShinSouth Korea274 (-18)Royal Canberra Golf ClubUS$1,200,000
2012Jessica Korda United States289 (–3)PORoyal Melbourne Golf Club1,100,000
2011Yani Tseng Taiwan276 (–16)The Commonwealth Golf ClubA$600,000
2010Yani Tseng Taiwan283 (–9)The Commonwealth Golf Club600,000
2009Laura Davies England285 (–7)Metropolitan Golf Club500,000
2008Karrie Webb Australia284 (–8)POKingston Heath Golf Club500,000
2007Karrie Webb Australia278 (–10)Royal Sydney Golf Club500,000
2005–2006: Not played
2004Laura Davies England283 (–5)Concord Golf Club550,000
2003Mhairi McKay Scotland277 (–11)Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club500,000
2002Karrie Webb Australia278 (–10)POYarra Yarra Golf Club500,000
2001Sophie Gustafson Sweden276 (–12)Yarra Yarra Golf Club400,000
2000Karrie Webb Australia270 (–22)Yarra Yarra Golf Club350,000
1999Tournament moved from November (1998) to February (2000)
1998Marnie McGuire New Zealand280 (–12)Yarra Yarra Golf Club35,0000
1997Jane Crafter Australia279 (–13)Yarra Yarra Golf Club350,000
1996Catriona Matthew Scotland283 (–9)Yarra Yarra Golf Club300,000
1995Liselotte Neumann Sweden283 (–9)Yarra Yarra Golf Club250,000
1994Annika Sörenstam Sweden286 (–10)Royal Adelaide Golf Club[11]200,000
1979–1993: Not played
1978Debbie Austin United States213Manly Golf Club15,000
1977Jan Stephenson Australia145[12]Manly Golf Club15,000
1976Donna Caponi Young United States206Victoria Golf Club15,000
1975JoAnne Carner United States228The Australian Golf Club15,000
1974Chako Higuchi Japan219Victoria Golf Club10,000

1 thought on “ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Winners and History”

  1. A great field has been put together for this event in 2013. I saw that young American star Lexi Thompson, and Tiger Wood’s niece Cheyenne Woods is also here.

    A number of the world’s top ranked players add to the depth of the field.

    I hoping local star Karrie Webb can make it back to back victories after her win in the Australian Ladies Masters last week.

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