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Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 7.25.56 AMSo next stop was Christchurch, New Zealand. I love it here. Even after the earthquake there has literally ripped down the majority of the city, I still love the place and the people!

We played at Clearwater GC. It was in great shape. I shot +1 on the first day in some tough conditions after been well over par early so I was very pleased with the start, but I knew I would have to do some work if I was going to be anywhere on the weekend. 2nd round I played very solid shooting -4 and the final I got off to a great start been -4 after 9 holes to be only a few back of the lead. I could only manage -1 on the back to finish in 3rd place, 2 behind New Zealand teenage sensation Lydia Ko! Overall very happy with my week and lots of confidence to take into the Australian Open.

Onto Royal Canberra for The Australian Open! I have played the Canberra Classic here the past few years and I love the place! I started the first round well, yet finished very poorly to sign for +1. Sometimes in an Australian open I would feel that was ok but not when the leader shot -10!!

Second round I knew I would have to shoot under par to have any chance of playing on the weekend. So when I was +1 through 9 I had some work to do! Then I had 3 birdies in the next 8 holes to make the cut on the number! Sometimes doing things like that (having birdies when required) gives me a lot more satisfaction than shooting 66!

I was pleased with my weekend play, shooting -2, -3 to finish T28th.  I know I would have like to finish higher, but I will take a lot from this.

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 7.23.48 AMNow onto Victorian Open. As close as I will ever get to playing at home and a great event, with both men and women playing at the same complex. 13th Beach. The girls played 2 rounds on the Creek and then after the cut, joined the boys on the Beach course. I started off steady, -3. Then the next day, I got a little move on, shooting -6 to be only 1 behind the leaders going into the weekend. Now we had to move our attention to The Beach Course.

Very pleased with my ‘moving days’ play.. another -6 giving me a 4 shot lead going into the final round. I have never had the lead going into the final day, so this was all going to new pressures for me. ON Sunday I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, not playing poorly, just didn’t hole a thing for the first 8 holes, yet a eagle on the 9th kick started me I felt! Then a long putt on 11th got me back to a tie of the lead. But the biggest, luckiest break came on the par 3 12th. My ball ran through the green, up a slope, yet hit a ladies umbrella and rolled back down to 6 feet from the pin!! I thought at this point, “maybe it is my day” and I proceeded to roll this putt in for birdie and of course gave my best friend in the crowd my ball!

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From here I birdied the 14th to have a 3 shot lead with 4 to play.. I played solid coming in and teed off 18 with a 3

shot lead. A very nice feeling, yet never convinced I was going to win until I had a 2 inch putt for victory!

I couldn’t be happier with this win..  the fact there were so many family and friends from home that had come out to watch, just made it so much more exciting!

Stacey Keating with Vic Open TrophySo now the Australian summer has come to an end, and I couldn’t be more pleased, winning the Australian Order of Merit, taking out the Club Car series, and winning at home, dosnt get much better!!

I’m currently on my way to China to play the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hill. If this event is anything like last year, I’m very excited! They sure now how to put on a good show in China!!

Thanks for all the messages after last week!

Appreciate the support,

Cheers,

Stace

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  • Comment by Mark Heatwole — March 6, 2013 @ 3:31 am

    Stacey– I feel like the Keating Express is just getting under way. Dont forget us here in the States. We look forward to seeing you in the US again soon, hopefully in CA!!!!! Best, Mark

  • Comment by Allan Cullinger — March 8, 2013 @ 3:17 am

    Well done Stacey all the hard work pays off keep up the good work and the Aussie guts and determination

  • Comment by loretta — March 8, 2013 @ 3:21 am

    Well done sorry I missed you have another great season treat your caddy well happy days

  • Comment by Lee Wills — March 8, 2013 @ 4:39 am

    Stace, what a summer. We were all so thrilled for you and your family. Will carefully watch China, and very good luck. Your caddy is a whizz!

    Lee

  • Comment by Liz White — March 8, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    What a great summer for you Stace. Very happy for you, you deserve all the victories that come your way. I am sure there will be many many more
    Cheers
    x

  • Comment by Lynda Genier — March 9, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    So happy to be able to follow you via your blogs. We loved having you in Ottawa, Canada and are so pleased to see you following your dream and enjoying success. Lynda and Jean

  • Comment by Rob McGregor — March 14, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Stacey,
    The Vets at Sanctuary Lakes follow your progress with great interest. 2012 is only a “stepping stone” to bigger and better results.
    Keep up your belief in your ability…and keep your lovely nature.
    Regards,
    rob McGregor

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