Ipswich golfer Bree Arthur is keen to build on her recent leap into professional ranks. Photo: Sarah Harvey
Ipswich golfer Bree Arthur is keen to build on her recent leap into professional ranks. Photo: Sarah Harvey

On roll for big success

MOMENTUM is so often a key component to sporting success and Ipswich golfer Bree Arthur is hoping her recent progress continues into this week's Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne.

The 23-year-old recorded a top- 20 finish in last week's Australian Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast following consecutive professional breakthrough wins in Pro-Am tournaments late last year.

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Before tackling the biggest tournament of her fledgling career, Arthur said the solid competition schedule had helped her find a consistent run of form.

"This is my sixth straight week and my game is coming together quite nicely," Arthur said.

"I had a great week last week at the Ladies Masters.

"I was pretty happy with my top-20 finish especially when I was on the leaderboard.

"Another top-20 this week and I would be thrilled."

The Brookwater member completed four consecutive under-par rounds at the Masters, highlighted by a classy six-under par second round, meaning she entered the all-important weekend rounds on the first page of the leaderboard.

Despite the consistent scoring at Royal Pines, Arthur said there were still some areas of her game that were holding her back.

"I'm still struggling a little bit with my swing, especially with my driving," she said. "But I can't fault my iron play and short game at the moment and that's what had been failing me."

It will be the first time the Ipswich product has played the composite course at Royal Melbourne.

The fast, sloping greens and tea tree scrub that lines the fairways of the famous sand-belt course has left many professionals scratching their heads.

For Arthur, however, the chance to play the course is a dream come true. "It (Royal Melbourne) is up there with the top courses in the world and just playing it is quite special," she said.

"It's a different style of golf here and it might take a couple of rounds to get used to it.

"It's not a narrow golf course but you do have to place your way around it. Hopefully being less than 100% with my driving won't really affect me."

After spending most of last year's European Tour carrying her own clubs, Arthur is enjoying having an experienced caddie for the two major events of the Australian summer.

American Aaron Landy is providing Arthur with both a physical and tactical advantage for the Open, something Arthur hopes to continue more often this year.

"Last week was our first week together and it went really well," Arthur said of her new partnership with Landy who she first met while playing on the US futures tour. I'm happy to work with him for the year but it's just a matter of getting some funds together to pay for him."

Regardless of results in Melbourne, Arthur will feel confident when she heads to New Zealand, China and Europe in coming months.


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