Women's Rene Erichsen:
18 year-old, Becky Kay from Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club in Queensland, has won the 2017 Rene Erichen Salver by three, finishing the 72 hole tournament 5-under.
Kay started the day at 4-under, two clear of Western Australian Kathryn Norris who started the day the better of the two, catching Kay by the seventh hole.
Back to back birdies on eight and nine to Kay and a dropped shot to Norris, suddenly extended Kay’s margin out to three at the turn, with Victorian Montana Strauss five back.
With Norris making six straight pars and Kay dropping a shot on 11 and two on 14, the players stood on the 16th tee both 3-under. Under pressure and with Norris solid as a rock, Kay produced the shot of the championship, making an ace on the 130mtr par 3, which propelled her two ahead in the blink of an eye, with two to play.
Kay comfortably closed out the championship with two pars, deservedly winning the Salver by three, finishing with rounds of 71, 73, 71, 72 (5-under).
“I am extremely excited, I’ve been playing well lately and had some good results and it’s good to have another win under my belt.” Kay said
“It’s my first win as an 18-year-old. My dad and my pop were here all this week. They support me so much, so I am very lucky to have them”.
“I absolutely love this course, it’s always in great condition, The Australian Open was here a month ago, you can’t really get a better course in Australia.”
WA 16-year-old Kathryn Norris was gallant in defeat to finish second with rounds of 70, 73, 74, 73 and at 2-under should be satisfied with her week.
Finishing third was Queenslander Karis Davidson who carded rounds of 73, 75, 75, 69 (even par).
Tied fourth were Gennai Goodwin (QLD) and Montana Strauss (VIC) at 2-over, with South Australian Ella Adams (The Grange GC) finishing sixth at 5-over for the tournament.
Men's Golf SA Classic:
19-year-old Zach Murray from Commonwealth Golf Club in Victoria has won the 2017 Golf SA Amateur Classic, finishing the tournament 6-under par.
Murray carded rounds of 73, 72, 68, 69 (282) to finish one ahead of three players tied at 5-under, Western Australian’s Min Woo Lee and Ben Ferguson and overnight leader Douglas Klein.
With Klein and Ferguson struggling, Lee skyrocketed to the lead thru 11 holes moving to 6-under, but once again had trouble on the hardest hole on the course the 442mtr par 4, 14th making bogey (he made triple in round three).
Murray maintained is composure though, playing error-free golf all week, recording no doubles for the championship and was one of only four players to shoot sub-par final rounds in tricky conditions on Royal Adelaide’s championship course.
“I started well, I chipped in on the first hole for birdie, but then I bogeyed the second and birdied the third, then played pretty steady from then on in. I was one-under thru 11 and made a couple of solid pars.
“I then hit a great shot into 14 to about three foot and made that for birdie, then I hit a six iron from 210m on 15 to about two foot for eagle, so that was a big help.
“I missed a couple of pretty makeable putts coming down the stretch, I thought if I could get to 7 or 8-under I would be pretty close to it and I thought my putt on the last was probably to get me into a playoff, but as it turns out it was for the win”
“It was a good day. I played pretty steady all week I just didn’t putt that great, but my ball striking was pretty good.”
Murray in the second to last group with Sam Earl (77) and Josh Armstrong (74) closed it out well.
“I was pretty happy, I was a little bit nervous on the last hole but it was good to get up and down. with the ball ricocheting off Sam’s ball from the bunker. I got a little bit lucky there, but you take them when you get them I guess, they don’t come very often.
Murray now adds the Classic to his building resume that includes a win at the Master of The Amateurs in 2015.
“I’ve been playing relatively well over the last three of four months, I came second in the Master of the Amateurs and made the cut at the Australian Open in November so I have been playing pretty good, so it was good to get a win today”. Murray added.
Western Australian Kiran Day finished outright 5th with four rounds of 71 while SA’s Lachlan Barker from Glenelg Golf Club fired and even par final round to finish 2-under and tied sixth.
Next best South Australian was Jasckson Kalz (Glenelg) at 1-over (tied 8th) followed by Andrew Nakone Jnr (The Grange) and Sam Earl (Glenelg) 2-over (tied 10th).