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It made an impression on me.” So Greenhill approached his colleague, Bronwen Young, and they pitched the idea of not only reviving the defunct Victoria Women’s Open, but combining it with the men in 2012.
They pitched it to the tournament board and then a state government’s oversight committee.
“Hopefully, next year, when players have more time to get their heads around it, and after players go back with stories about how great it is, we’ll get more of the best players coming over.
“But, honestly, we have all our leading Australian women from the LPGA: Karrie, Minjee, Katherine (Kirk), Sarah Jane (Smith), Su (Oh) and Hannah (Green).
He spiced up the event by inviting top female amateurs, like Greenhill’s mother, to play with the male pros.
Greenhill’s mother got paired with Nagle, who won The Open Championship in 1960.
Back in 2011, the tournament was in danger of going extinct, with sagging interest and a bare-boned purse of 100,000 AUD.
Golf Australia enhanced the experience by limiting ropes and allowing spectators to walk in the fairways behind the players. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt believes the game needs more ideas like the Vic Open.“Everyone was thinking, `If we’re struggling to get 0,000 for one purse, how are we going to get two purses like that? “By the second and third year, everyone was embracing it.” The Vic Open men’s purse has grown more than tenfold since the women joined. No male player among the top 50 is in the field, but that hasn’t curbed growing interest Down Under.Today, the men’s and women’s combined purses are million in Aussie currency. Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, Laura Davies, Paula Creamer, Catriona Matthew and Morgan Pressel give the women star power from outside the top 50 in the world.We wanted to reflect that belief in the tournament.” Greenhill said it created the spark the Vic Open needed.“When you are trying something new, you never really know if it’s going to work,” Greenhill said.