European No. 1 Gwladys Nocera says ‘Bonjour’ to Melbourne kids

As Melbourne prepares for this year’s Women’s Australian Open, French golfing great Gwladys Nocera visited Caulfield’s Melbourne French School and coached a class of young French students aged 11 -12 how to pitch and putt like a pro!

Gwladys is competing in this year’s Women’s Australian Open, which makes its debut at The Metropolitan Golf Club from 12-15 February 2009.

Four time champion and world number 9 Karrie Webb is chasing a fabulous five Women’s Australian Open titles, but a solid list of contenders will make her quest that much harder.

Canadian Open champion and world number 26 Katherine Hull, fresh from consecutive runner-up finishes at the LG Bing Lee NSW Women’s Open and Women’s New Zealand Open, will be giving Webb some stiff competition this year.

A host of international challengers from overseas will also be looking to take Webb’s crown, in an event that she has dominated in recent years, with five members of the 2007 Solheim Cup European Team, including NZ Masters winner Gwladys Nocera, also preparing for a fierce battle with the Australians, Asians and the other Europeans.

Other talent competing for the title include former top Australian amateur Kristie Smith, England’s Laura Davies, who captured her 70th career title at the Ladies Austrian Open in August last year, and winner of the NSW Women’s Open, Sydney’s Sarah Oh.