2021 Bowra & O’Dea Classic begins

21st Mar 2021

The 2021 Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic returns to Lake Karrinyup Country Club from March 22 to 24th March. This is the most prestigious Women’s amateur tournament in Western Australia, with notable past champions Karrie Webb, Su Oh and Hannah Green.

The Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic is set to be a fantastic showcase of women’s golf with a strong contingent of Australia wide talent joining in the 2021 competition.

2021 marks seventeen years of generous support from sponsors Bowra & O’Dea. The fifth generation, family-owned, Western Australian funeral company have been great supporters of women’s golf for many years.

GolfWA would like to extend our sincere thanks to Managing Director, Joe O’Dea for his commitment and support of this event and the golfing community.

This year eyes will be on Mount Lawley’s Kirsten Rudgeley, the highest ranked female in the 2021 competition. Kirsten has been in outstanding form this year dominating the Rene Erichsen Salver at Royal Adelaide last week to win by nine strokes.

Rudgeley has had a spectacular summer, with wins in the Port Phillip Open Amateur and Victorian Amateur, and runner-up finish at the Australian Amateur. Rudgeley shared 14th place with Geoff Ogilvy on the Australasian PGA TPS Victoria.

Victoria is strongly represented by Kono Matsumoto and Alexandra Hilliard, runner up in the 2019 Bowra & O’Dea Classic. Hilliard lost in a final play-off hole to Becky Kay, so will be hungry for a win this year. Matsumoto has been in form of late and placing 6th at the 2021 Masters of Amateurs, and 5th at the 2020 Riversdale Cup.

Kelsey Bennet, Belinda Ji, and June Song will be flying the flag for NSW. Kelsey Bennet shared after today’s Pro-Am, “the course is amazing and I am really looking forward to the tournament tomorrow. I am really excited to be part of this event.”

Joondalup’s Amie Phobubpa has been playing solidly, securing the 2021 WA Amateur Championship win only last week and will be one to watch in the 72 hole competition.. Homegrown Lake Karrinyup talent Sheridan Clancy has been performing exceptionally well this year and will have the local course knowledge that could certainly give her an edge.

The ranking points on offer help to attract a prominent interstate presence that ensures the field is incredibly competitive. The Women’s Classic has three separate handicap divisions to provide an opportunity for women of all ages and abilities to compete.

The 72-hole event is played from the Women’s Championship Tees and has a maximum GA Handicap of 18.

The 54-hole section of the tournament is split into two categories, mid-amateurs (30-54 years of age) and seniors (55+ years). The maximum GA Handicap for these categories is 27.

A live scoring link will be available at