Kristie Smith


Lake Karrinyup Country Club will host some of the biggest names in Australian golf for the Handa Australian Senior Open from tomorrow.

The course is also expected to stage Australia’s richest tournament next year after the State Government committed $7.5 million over three years to attract Europe’s best players.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said Eventscorp had worked hard to get a world-class WA golf tournament and he hoped to confirm it in the new year.

The senior open will be a trial run for Lake Karrinyup after a redesign by Michael Clayton.

An outsider among players such as Ian Baker-Finch, Wayne Grady and Peter Fowler for $150,000 in prize money will be WA’s Wayne Smith.

But Smith has a secret weapon with his daughter Kristie, 23, who plays professionally, as his caddie.

She was the top Australian women’s golf earner last season.

She has won twice since turning professional in late 2008 and is in US LPGA qualifying tournaments.

Smith caddied for Kristie when she won the Australian amateur title in 2008 and was fifth at the professional Australian Open the same year.

But this is the first time she has caddied for him but she said it was an ideal way to learn from the best.