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Doey's dream come true in Adelaide

Doey Choi
Doey Choi at the 2019 Women's Australian Open.

Representing her country is a childhood dream come true for Doey Choi.

But the Sydneysider won’t be satisfied unless Team Australia can curtail Korea’s dominance at the 41st Queen Sirikit Cup next week.

Choi is teaming up with fellow New South Welshwoman Steph Kyriacou and Melbourne’s Julienne Soo at Glenelg Golf Club from next Wednesday and the 19-year-old says she can’t wait to represent her country.

“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was a kid and when I first started playing golf,” Choi said on Inside The Ropes on Tuesday.

“Having this opportunity is a great honour and I’m going to enjoy every bit of it.”

 

Listen to Doey Choi on Episode 91 of Inside The Ropes:

Forty-two players from 14 Asian nations will battle it out over three days in Adelaide, with the Koreans hunting their 12th title in the last 13 years.

The exception came in 2013 when the Australian trio of Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Grace Lennon saluted in Taiwan for their nation’s eighth Queen Sirikit title.

Choi believes playing at home will help the locals’ cause after she and Kyriacou spent a week learning the subtleties of Glenelg’s tight layout at last year’s Interstate Series.

“The competition isn’t going to be easy because there’s so many top players coming from all around the world,” said Choi.

“Being in our home country I think we have a little bit of an advantage.

“I know Steph and I have played that golf course a few times and we feel pretty confident and comfortable so I think we’ll just have to give it our best shot.”

Choi will hit Glenelg in good form and with plenty of competitive golf under her belt, with the Queen Sirikit Cup set to be Choi’s eighth tournament in a nine-week stretch.

She’s also scheduled to play amateur events in South Australia and WA following that, making it 10 events in a gruelling 11 weeks.

But Choi’s marathon stretch to kickstart 2019 has already yielded some brilliant results, the highlight coming last week at the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville where she finished T4.

“It was really fun, I really enjoyed having so many members and people out there watching. I really liked having all the cameras there,” said Choi.

“I was a little bit nervous at first but I just went out there to have fun and enjoy the whole experience. I just took it all in and loved it.”

Before Choi heads to Adelaide it’s onward to the nation’s capital, the World No. 108 getting another crack at the game’s top women this week in the ActewAGL Canberra Classic.­­­­

Queen Sirikit Cup teammate Kyriacou joins Choi as one of the nine amateurs teeing it up at Royal Canberra, with Soo to join the pair in Adelaide after she makes the trip from her home at college in Oklahoma.

Want the chance to play Glenelg Golf Club, just as Asia’s best young talents do at the Queen Sirikit Cup?

Don’t miss the Glenelg Golf Club Open Day on Monday 11th March.

At just $85 (or $15 for Members) it’s the best way to play one of Adelaide and Australia’s best courses in world-class condition.

There will also be opportunities to win hospitality packages with Triple M for an Adelaide Crows AFL game, a signed 2019 Adelaide Crows football and Glenelg Pro Shop vouchers!

The Glenelg Golf Club Open Day is a shotgun start from 7:45am and is open to all players. Register today at www.mitournament.com!


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