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Australian Men's & Women's Mid Amateur

12 - 14 November 2014

Click here to view Women's Championship History, Honour Roll and Past Results

Click here to view Men's Championship History, Honour Roll and Past Results

The Australian Men's and Women's Mid Amateur Championships have been played since 2007. The Championships are played over 54-holes stroke play (with no cut), and are for players aged 30 - 54 years.

At the commencement, the Men’s Championship was a stand-alone Championship, however for the first three years, the Women’s Championship was played in conjunction with the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship. In 2010, the Men’s and Women’s Mid Amateur Championships were combined.

Visit the website of the host club -
>Lynwood Country Club
, Sydney, NSW

News

Golf, as life itself, is all about timing.

And for newly crowned Australian Mid Amateur champions John McMiles and Katrina Jones, the saying has never been more apt.

The pair came from the clouds to win their respective divisions yesterday as the field battled sweltering heat at Lynwood Country Club in Sydney’s north-west.

McMiles had begun the final round seven shots adrift of runaway leader Paul Bucan, of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, but stormed home to win his first national title by a stroke.

The Liverpool Golf Club member immediately fired in four birdies to pull level by the time they turned for the final nine when Bucan made a calamitous double-bogey seven up the ninth hole.
McMiles, 38, later admitted to sneaking a peak at the leaderboard at the turn – and that’s when the fun really began.

“I did realise at that point that I was suddenly level with Paul … I hadn’t really expected to be there after where we started and he’d been playing so well,” McMiles said.

“Then we just played an up-and-down sort of back nine and I think we exchanged the lead three times (amid) a few mistakes.”

McMiles made three bogeys and a double on the back nine, but was able to mix in two birdies at the critical junctures.

Bucan, however, after eight birdies in his first 44 holes, couldn’t find one at all on the back nine and a bogey on the par-five 16th meant he relinquished the lead for the last time.

McMiles calmly parred the final hole for a 71 and a one-shot victory over the West Australian on a total score of 218, while Royal Canberra’s Andrew Tharle fired a 74 to finish third on 222.

“We both battled up the 17th, but I was really happy to play a solid 18th and get the win – I’m really happy and excited to have done it.”

A very similar drama unfolded in the women’s event.

Queenslander Jones began the day five shots behind overnight leader Gemma Dooley, but made birdies on the 16th and 17th hole, turning up the pressure on the New South Welshwoman with an equal tournament low 74 to finish at 236 for the three rounds.

And just as Jones, who also won the title in 2011, caught fire, Dooley cooled off – dramatically.
Dooley, made a double-bogey on the par-four 11th hole, and couldn’t recover with three more bogeys in succession immediately afterwards and another on the 16th to lose the outright lead for the first time since round one.

She finished with two pars for an 80 and 237 overall, but it was not enough to reel in Jones, with Lynwood member Catherine Coates (77) a further four shots back in third.

In the state teams event, Queensland (Damien Jordan, Brett Monahan and Katrina Jones) and New South Wales (Jay Wooster, John McMiles and Gemma Dooley) were joint winners.

Player Information

Results:
> Men's Leaderboard
> Women's Leaderboard
> Final Results - Women
> Final Results - Men
> Final Net Results - Women
> Final Net Results - Men
> State Team Results

Draw:
Download the ROUND 3 DRAW

Entry Details:
Online Entry Fee: $150.00 on-line (includes practice round, Welcome Function, Presentation Function, Championship Gift and Championship Program)
Handicap Limit: Maximum GA handicap - Men: 4.4; Women: 17.0
Entries Close: Entries are now closed.

> Download the Men’s entry form to view the Conditions of Play
> Download the Women’ entry form to view the Conditions of Play

> View the list of Men’s entries received.
> View the list of Women’s entries received.

Competitor Information:
Download Competitor Information practice rounds, draws, functions, buggies, practice facilities, etc.

Schedule:
Tuesday 11 November: Official Practice Round and Welcome Cocktail Party
Wednesday 12 November: Round 1
Thursday 13 November: Round 2
Friday 14 November: Round 3 and Presentation

Functions:
Welcome Cocktail Reception:
> Tuesday 11 November; 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm, Lynwood Country Club
> Dress: Smart casual (no jeans).
> The cost of the Welcome Cocktail Reception is included in the entry fee. Guests are welcome to join for an additional $30.00 per head. Payment of guests can be made via the online entry process or at registration.

Presentation Drinks and Cocktail Reception:
> Friday 14 November at the conclusion of play (approx 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm) at Lynwood Country Club
> Dress: golfing or casual attire (no jeans)
> The cost of this function is included in the entry fee.

Draws & Requests:
All draws and results will be posted at www.golf.org.au. A DRAFT draw for Rounds 1 and 2 will be available approximately one week prior to the event, with the final draw released once all players have registered on Tuesday afternoon. If players are travelling together and would like similar tee times, this must be advised to Golf Australia at the time of entry. (NB every attempt will be made to place players at similar times). The draw for Round 3 will be seeded based on scores from Rounds 1 and 2.

Practice:
One complimentary practice round for competitors is available at any time on Tuesday 11 November. Players must contact the club to make a booking (02 4580 8555). Players may practice outside of this time, however a green fee of $30.00 (mid-week), $40.00 (weekend) or $20.00 (after 3.00 pm) per person will be payable.

During a practice round a player may play one ball only throughout the round with the following exceptions:
> If a player misses the fairway with their drive, they may play one additional tee shot from the tee;
> If a player misses the green with their approach shot, they may play one additional shot to the green;
> Not more than three chip shots may be played from beside the green, and only then provided such practice shots do not damage the course;
> Only two bunker shots may be played towards the green from a greenside bunker. All other bunker shots must be played away from the green;
> Only three practice putts are permitted.
> Notwithstanding the above regulations, no additional practice strokes shall be played if the group behind is waiting to play. Additionally, course staff retain absolute right of way.

Competitors in breach of these practice conditions are liable to face action under GA’s Code of Conduct.

Distance Measuring Devices:
Please be advised that the following Local Rule will now be in effect for the Championship:

In this competition a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (eg gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

The following page on the R&A Website provides guidance around the conformance of various DMDs -
R&A Advice on DMDs (if a player uses a non-conforming DMD during competition play, they will be disqualified).

Player Services:
Download Local Services including physiotherapy, dental and shopping centres etc.

Accommodation:
Download accomodation options in proximity to Lynwood Country Club.

For further information please contact Golf Australia:
Phone: +61 3 9626 5059
E-mail: championships@golf.org.au

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