ActewAGL Canberra Classic Women’s Golf Tournament returned to the Royal Canberra Golf Club in Yarralumla over the weekend for the first time since 2012.
The top course in the ACT hosted the Australian Open in 2013 as part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations and Royal Canberra president Damian Farrell plans to keep the Canberra Classic on the calendar for the next few years.
Before the world-class golfers got a chance to tee off on Friday, the ActewAGL Pro-Am saw some famous Australian sporting faces competing against each other as a curtain raiser to the event. With superstars Matt Giteau, Matthew Beckenham and James Stannard showcasing their talents on the golf course, it was a perfect way to start the weekend of golf in Canberra.
When the pros took to the course, it was Jiyai Shin who came out on top of the strong field at the Canberra Classic. The 29-year-old shot a final-round eight-under and streaked away with a comfortable six-shot victory over Australia’s No.1 golfer Minjee Lee, with Holland’s Anne Van Dam a shot further back in third.
Lee started the final round three shots in front of Shin, but she could not continue her good form after winning the Vic Open last week.
The Australian wilted in the extreme heat, while the Korean shined brightest to win her first Canberra Classic title.
On Sunday morning, the best juniors were presented with medals on the Sydney 2000 Olympic podiums by Australian sporting legends Dawn Fraser and Melissa Breen in front of the clubhouse.
Local photographer Jack Mohr was on site to capture all the action.