Magenta Shores CC, March 29-31, 2024

Pogacar’s Seeking Sucess in the Outback

From the age of 13, Katja Pogacar was the top-ranked junior golfer in Slovenia.

She won the Slovenian Junior Championships an astounding four times, and along the way, clinched victories at the Leone di San Marco, the Hungarian Ladies Amateur in 2012, plus the Czech Amateur Championship title in 2014.

Despite her distinguished amateur career and being in the pay-for-play ranks for the past six years, she has never had a professional win.

It’s something she’ll be chasing tomorrow at Narrabri Golfie, as she’s just a mere two shots off the lead at four under.

It’ll be her final chance to secure her spot in this year’s prestigious Women’s NSW Open at Magenta Shores Country Club at the end of the month.

“I actually haven’t had a professional win yet. I’ve been on tour for six years now, so it would be really cool actually. But we’ll see what happens,” said the 29-year-old.

“It would mean a change to my plans, but it would be really nice to go into the Women’s NSW Open. I’ve heard that Magenta Shores is really hard, so it will be a good test for my game.”

After a stint in the US, Pogacar is now settled back in Slovenia, saying it was a good base while she played on the Ladies European Tour.

Her golfing career has taken her all around the world, most recently to China, where she was just days before the Dubbo qualifying event.

“I was eyeing the Narrabri event for a little bit, but it was not until a week before that I actually got to come to Australia early enough to also play in the Dubbo event,” she said.

“Although I had landed two days before I said, I know the course it’s fine. It’s only three hours change time from China. So, I was like, okay, I’ll just play it and have a little warm-up before Narrabri.”

Australia seems to hold a very special place in the Slovenian’s heart even after her globetrotting.

“It’s certainly my favourite place in the whole world. I’ve been here maybe twice, three times now.

“It is a lot of travel and a big-time change, but I love the people here.”

Her previous trips down under have never taken her as far inland as the central west and north western slopes. In fact, she said, she doesn’t mind being away from the coastline.

“I would never go into the water, so I don’t really mind being away from it,” she said with a giggle.

“I really like the quiet and all the wildernesses. I love animals so it’s a nice place for me.”

After barely missing out on a qualifying spot in the Dubbo event earlier this week, she’s determined to grab one in tomorrow’s final round on a course which reminds her of home.

“I would say it’s an old setup. The holes are really close by, it’s really easy to walk, which is nice.

“the tree lines are cutting the play a little harder, but I grew up on a course like this, so I really like it.

“I made two bogeys today, and I still had six birdies. So, I think it’s not far away. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing honestly.”

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