Karen Lunn is ending her 29-year professional playing career to return home for a new job as executive director of the Australian Ladies’ Professional Golf Tour (ALPG).


Lunn, 47, is also giving up her role as chairman of the Ladies European Tour (LET), which she’s held for the last nine years.

Sydney-born Lunn won 10 tournaments on the LET, including the 1993 Women’s British Open, as well as four wins on the Australian tour and one each in Thailand and Malaysia.

ALPG president Shani Waugh was delighted to make the new appointment from a list of more than 65 applicants.

“We are very excited to welcome Karen home,” said Waugh.

“Karen’s playing experience, combined with her knowledge gained through working diligently as part of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Board for the past 14 years places her in a wonderful position to lead the ALPG.”

“The characteristics Karen displayed as a player – determined, persistent, strong and skilful will hold her in good stead in her new role.”

A “delighted” Lunn relished the chance to contribute even more to golf in her home country.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Lunn.

“I have been involved with ladies golf at a professional level for more than 28 years, having been a player, a mentor, a TV commentator, and also chairman of the board of the Ladies European Tour for the past nine years.

“My passion for the game and for the ALPG has never been stronger and I look forward to working closely with the ALPG Board in exploring new opportunities and initiatives for all our members, as well as working with our current stakeholders to continue to improve the exposure and growth of women’s professional golf in Australia.”

Lunn starts her new role on September 9.

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