21 Aug 2020 | Amateur golf |

Changes to Karrie Webb Series

by Mark Hayes

One of the 2019 Karrie Webb Scholarship winners, Grace Kim.
One of the 2019 Karrie Webb Scholarship winners, Grace Kim.

Like the champion whose name it bears, the Karrie Webb Series is fighting on.

As with almost all aspects of competitive sport in the pandemic-riddled 2020, the biggest honour in Australian amateur women’s golf is facing a temporary restructure.

But in conjunction with Webb, Golf Australia female pathway manager Stacey Peters is excited to announce the scholarships on offer will still be awarded, albeit with a twist.

“There is obviously going to be a different look to the Karrie Webb Series because of Covid-19 and associated interstate travel restrictions,” Peters said.

“Unfortunately, we won’t be using the regular Order of Merit system to determine one of the scholarships as we have done previously.

“We will continue to use the world rankings as the guide for one of the two scholarship positions, but as it stands, Karrie and Golf Australia will make the other selection.

“Naturally, as everything at the moment, this is subject to change as we carefully monitor government instructions around safety.

“If and when things change, hopefully for the better, we will make the appropriate adjustments again.”

Peters said the multi-faceted criteria around the scholarships would still have a large focus on performance in the KW Series events.

But, as ever, there will still be respect paid to prospective scholarship winner’s community work, performance as an ambassador for her country and sport and outstanding demeanour on and off the course.

Webb was equally delighted the scholarship program, which has already given unrivalled experiences to international players such as Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Hannah Green and Karis Davidson, will continue.

“It’s unfortunate we have had to make the change, but with everything going on around the world right now, we have no choice,” the World Golf Hall of Fame member said.

“But regardless of the process, I know I will have two worthy recipients of my scholarship in 2021, and I can’t wait to see who they are.”

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