Confident Keating out to make mark

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A relaxed Stacey Keating, the hottest Australian talent on the women's professional tour, should be planning to make her mark in Australia's marquee summer events.

But the defending Mount Broughton Classic champion has revealed a correlation between low expectations and low scores was the catalyst for an outstanding end to 2012, blighted by a scorecard bungle in the British Open.

Keating was disqualified from the major tournament after signing an incorrect score but she bounced back to record consecutive wins on the Ladies European Tour.

"I definitely learned to check my scorecard again," the 26-year-old Victorian joked ahead of the two-day Mount Broughton Classic outside of Bowral.

"Obviously the week after the British Open my expectations were very low. I've taken a lot from that, knowing I play better when I have no expectations.

"I've got a lot of confidence in my game to know that I can actually win and that will help me over the summer."

While happy just "to contend" in the bigger events such as the $1.2 million Australian Open at Royal Canberra next month, Keating is already firing on the Pro-Am circuit.

The world No 119 carded a pair of sub-par rounds to win the inaugural The Vintage Pro-Am this week and will be well fancied to tame a tricky Mount Broughton layout against a host of internationals today.

"If it blows it can play very, very tough," she said. "I like the golf course and I feel pretty comfortable playing there.

"It's going to be great for the event and great for us Aussies to have some of the best competition in the world in the little pro-ams."

Keating dominated the event last year after winning the Port Kembla Pro-Am, another of the region's ALPG-certified events.

"It's a big help for my confidence ... to get a couple of wins in the pro-ams last year. I would have liked to have played a little better in the bigger events, but I'm working on that and hopefully I can do that this summer."

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