• Bennett’s early birthday present ahead of Webex Players Series Hunter Valley

Kelsey Bennett will tee it up for a fifth straight week at the Webex Players Series Hunter Valley starting Thursday, a tournament she hopes will cause a quieter than usual birthday celebration this coming Saturday.

“I really do hope so,” Bennett said when asked if a late Sunday tee time would ideally limit celebrations. “I think we booked a sushi restaurant, so keep it nice and quiet.”

Turning 24, the Mollymook product is still in the early stages of her professional career after winning the WPGA Tour of Australasia qualifying school last year and will head for a national Open start in a little over a week.

Playing this week in the combined men and women’s format, Bennett then heads to Melbourne for The Athena late next week before she takes off for Singapore. Bennett then scheduled to play the Women’s NSW Open and Australian Ladies Classic before embarking on her second LET Access Series season.

“I actually got invited to play the Singapore Women’s Open, so after The Athena I will head there,” she said Wednesday.

“Very exciting, it could open many doors. I think Singapore reached out to Golf Australia and said we could have a spot for an Aussie, so Stacey (Peters) and Steph Na thought of me, which was very nice, and put my name forward and got confirmed about an hour ago. “

Preparing for her second season on the Ladies European Tour’s feeder circuit, Bennett was positive on a 2023 when she finished 14th on the Order of Merit with nine top-20s.

“There’s were some low rounds and some good finishes, and then some pretty average ones. I was just learning the ropes I think, first year out there, can’t expect too much. Hopefully this year will be bigger and better,” Bennett said at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.

“Learning to adapt to quickly, obviously each course and each country are so different each time, and just staying with different girls each week, getting used to other people and all that sort of stuff. You’ve got to be very lenient when it comes to the whole thing.”

Before she takes up the overseas opportunities, however, Bennett will first prioritise a strong week in the Hunter Valley at a course she, like many others in the field, is familiar with from her days playing Jack Newtown Junior Golf events.

“I’ve always played pretty steady here, I do like it, it’s one of my favourites of the Webex Players Series events. I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

Having missed the cut on the number in Sydney last week, Bennett is comfortable where her game sits, especially after using the weekend off to work with her coach in preparation for a busy and important period in her burgeoning career.

“I feel pretty good, the game’s there, I did a little bit of work with Johnny (Serhan) on the weekend, so that’s good. It’s all about the putts at the end of the day, see if they go in.”

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