Carrying my own bag through the jungle and eucalyptus trees

It’s been less than a week since Czech golfer Klára Davidson Spilková scored her eighth hole-in-one at the NSW Women’s Open tournament in Australia. Unlike with many amateur players, however, there is usually no time for celebration among professionals, especially if the shot comes already in the first round of the tournament.

“We did celebrate a bit with the girls after the game. I invited our whole Czech crew for a drink, but just one and non-alcoholic. There wasn’t and unfortunately won’t be time for more. Even though it has been some time since I hit a hole-in-one. It was really nice to experience this moment of happiness and joy again. It felt fantastic,” the player wrote from Australia.

This Friday marks the start of the second planned Australian stop of Davidson Spilková on the Ladies European Tour, the Australian Women’s Classic. While the first tournament was played in windy conditions on the seaside, the second one takes place on a course hidden in a tropical jungle filled with mangroves and eucalyptus trees, featuring many elevations and long transitions. A major role could also be played by the weather, which can be somewhat unpredictable in this season in southern Australia.

“Unlike the first tournament, where we were by the sea, we suddenly find ourselves in the hills and in beautiful, almost tropical nature. The entire course is up and down, with holes quite far apart. For that reason, the LET allowed us to use buggies during play, but we’ll see. The weather forecast doesn’t look good. There’s a lot of rain expected on Thursday and Friday, and even strong storms over the weekend. Anything can happen, and we’ll see if the weather allows us to play at all. That’s why I eventually decided that I won’t need the services of a local caddy and will rely solely on myself,” the Czech golf professional described the course and the weather.

Australia is known for its rich fauna, of which perhaps the most typical are kangaroos and koalas, besides the ubiquitous snakes and spiders. However, it is not that easy to spot a kangaroo in the wild, and you may not see one during your entire stay.

“We finally spotted our first kangaroo from a distance in the wild, and several koalas, too. Not far from the course is a koala hospital, which we visited on the way. The course is also hidden among the eucalyptus trees, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we encountered koalas on the course regularly. There are supposedly plenty of them here. Now we just have to hope for good weather so we can play the tournament,” the golfer commented just before the tournament.

Davidson Spilková will tee off in the tournament on Friday, 5 April, from hole 9 at 08:45 local time. She will be accompanied by two equally experienced players, German Laura Fünfstück and Spaniard Luna Sobrón Galmés. Also competing in the second Australian tournament are three other Czech players – Sára Kousková, Kristýna Napoleaová and Jana Melichová. The Australian Women’s Classic is played for three rounds from Friday, 5 April, to Sunday, 7 April 2024, for a total prize money of 300,000 euros.

Klára Davidson Spilková’s tournament schedule:

5-7 April 2024             Australian Women’s Classic, Bonville, Australia

18 April 2024              ALSA Charity Tournament, PGA National CR, Nebřenice

10-12 May 2024         Aramco Team Series – Aramco Team Series – Korea, Seoul, South Korea

16-19 May 2024         Amundi German Masters, Berlin, Germany

23-25 May 2024         Jabra Ladies Open, Évian-les-Bains, France

31 May-2 June 2024  Dormy Open Helsingborg, Helsingborg, Sweden