Inaugural Coraki Pro-Am winner Nicole James.
Inaugural Coraki Pro-Am winner Nicole James.

Pro-Am ?all go

EVERYTHING'S on-track for another successful Optus World/Sony EriksonLadies' Pro-Am event at Coraki Golf Club on Sunday week (Feb 6), according to club president Neil Clark.

"Nominations are strong and more than 40 leading US, European, Asian andAustralian Tour professionals are expected to contest the $15,000 event," hesaid.

"Already we have nominations from a number of overseas players with NewZealand, Scotland and Sweden represented so far, along with a strong groupof experienced and up-and-coming Australian players."

The Australian Ladies Professional Golf Inc-sanctioned Order of Merit event will be the second presented by the club after the first highly successful tournament was won by Mullumbimby local, Nicole James, early last year.

"More than 40 lady professionals competed in the inaugural pro-am last yearand all indications are that as many, if not more, will come again," Clark said.

"Players returning include Corinne Dibnah, Angela and Wendy Hawkes from NewZealand, Therese Hjertstedt from Sweden and, of course, last year's winner, Nicole James from Mullumbimby, pictured at left.

"Nicole Lowien, who played the Japanese Tour for a number of years and who has visited Coraki for past exhibition events has also nominated, along with another regular visitor, Jenny Sevil, from Tenterfield.

"We've received many letters of appreciation from lady professionals who competed last year, saying that they really enjoyed the day and will return, if possible.

"Once again we've been able to obtain sponsorship from Optus World and SonyErikson, Carlton United, Mid-Richmond Plumbers, Strammit, Eagle Plumbing,Budget Eyewear, The Northern Star, 88.9FM and NBN Television, as well as many others and we are confident that, with such great support, the tournament this year will be a great success.

"We've got a full weekend of activities planned, including a pre-tournament dinner on the Saturday night, so we're really looking forward to it."

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