Aussie Star Sarah Kemp will be one of the headline acts when she returns to contest the Australian Women’s Classic Bonville and Women’s NSW Open later this month.
The 36-year-old will lead a strong contingent of local hopes, including Whitney Hillier, Queenslander Cassie Poter, Kristalle Blum and Coffs Local Amelia Mehmet Grohn, against a field of accomplished Ladies European Tour stars like 2020 NSW open Champion Julia Engstrom, Meghan Maclaren and Lydia Hall and Becky Brewerton.
Kemp, whose parents live on the mid-north coast, had one of her best years on the LPGA Tour in 2021, finishing in 67th place on the money list.
She began the year with a 5th placing at the Gainbridge LPGA event in Florida and went on to record two more top tens and her best finish in a major, tied for 19th at the Evian Championship in France, behind winner Minjee Lee.
After being diagnosed with COVID on the eve of the inaugural WPGA championship in January, Kemp has managed to play just five events this year, including last week’s Major, the Chevron Championship at the Mission Mirage resort in Coachella.
The 2022 Tournament will be Kemp’s fourth Bonville appearance and one she looks forward to each year, and with plenty of relatives nearby, she knows she’ll have plenty of support on the ground during the week.
“They are probably the two ( tournaments) I look forward to the most. Kemp said.
“I’ll have a lot of family in town, which is always nice, “My parents will be there, and it’s been a while since they’ve seen me play,” She added.
Golfers from over 30 countries will descend on the NSW North coast for the back to back events, with a combined purse of about $600,000 on offer.