04 Aug 2020 | Amateur golf |
Familiar names on Senior & Mid-Am trophies
by Golf Australia
Josie Ryan added another title to her burgeoning trophy cabinet with a two-shot victory in the QLD Women’s Senior Amateur at Mt Coolum Golf Club.
Ryan, who plays at Headland Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast, shot a final round 77 for a three round total of 242. This ultimately proved enough to eclipse overnight leader Kath Griffith of Hervey Bay by two.
In third was Oxley’s Robyn Callaghan who rebounded from an eventful 90 in the first round to roar home with 77-78.
The trophy engravers will be familiar with the Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, with Oxley’s Jess Jenkins capturing her fourth title in the six years.
Jenkins ran away with the title after rounds of 80-70-80 for a commanding 11 shot victory. Defending champion Jo Malone of Bribie Island Golf Club finished in second, followed by Maroochy River’s Tam Reid a further two shots back.
In the Men’s Senior championship, Brad Dowling held his nerve to emerge victorious by a single shot. Heading into the third and final round, Southport’s Dowling held a two-shot buffer over Ken Brewer (Lynwood) and Warren Colefax (Murwillumbah).
Whilst at various stages in the last 18 holes, at least two of the final group were tied, it was ultimately Dowling’s 54th hole par that bettered Brewer’s bogey and allowed Dowling to lift the trophy.
Colefax finished a shot further back on a 223.
Gratitude is extended to Sharon Purnell, Nathanial Fuller and all the team at Mt Coolum Golf Club for hosting the first state championship since the resumption from the COVID-19 enforced tournament layoff.
The course was in great condition given the recent wet weather, with competitors praising the work of Course Superintendent Robert Kerr and his crew.
The format change which allowed the men and women to compete on the same course over 54-holes of stroke play was well received, with players already making preparations for the 2021 edition.
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