Davidson, Kay seal Webb honour

Karis Davidson
Karis Davidson's consistency has her marginally ahead of Becky Kay in the Karrie Webb Series, but both have sealed the scholarship. Picture: KIRSTY WRICE

Gold Coast duo Karis Davidson and Becky Kay have shared much through their young careers – and they’re about to enjoy one of golf’s great prizes.

With just one national rankings event left in the season – the Bowra and O’Dea Classic at Perth’s Lake Karrinyup begins today – the 18-year-olds are already inked in as winners of the 2017 Karrie Webb Series.

Thanks to the generosity of Australia’s greatest female golfer, each player will receive $10,000 to put towards their tournament and training expenses this year.

But it’s the prize that money can’t buy that both players are pumped about – the chance to spend a week with Webb during the Women’s US Open at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, in early July.

Davidson, of Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, who also won in 2016 alongside the now professional Hannah Green, had one of the great experiences of her life at CordeValle, south of San Francisco, last year,

But it’s the first time for Kay, of Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, to share the magical money-can’t-buy prize that Webb’s generosity has made possible for 10 consecutive years.

With the Bowra and O’Dea to play, Davidson has amassed 693 points for the season, backstopped by two Victorian wins at the Riversdale Cup and Dunes Medal.

Kay used an ace on the par-three 16th at Royal Adelaide last week to effectively seal her win in the Rene Erichsen Salver, also her second win for the season – after the Queensland Strokeplay title – to enable her to reach 654 points.

With 140 available for the winner in Perth, none of Alizza Hetherington (403 points), Gennai Goodwin (372.83), nor Montana Strauss (347.33) can run down the leaders.

Golf Australia high performance director Brad James was thrilled for both young women and grateful for Webb’s continued support of the development programs for elite Australian female golfers.

“To have the opportunity to spend a week learning from Australia’s most accomplished golfer is something they’ll remember for a lifetime and hopefully take that experience and use it to further their careers,” James said.

“It’s a good reward for the consistency they’ve shown through the year and we wholeheartedly thank Karrie for the time she puts into developing the future stars of our game.”

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