30 Aug 2023 | Amateur golf |

In-form Peirce wins WA classic

by Golf Australia

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Caitlin Peirce finished strongly to win at the West Australian Golf Club. Photo: Brett Costello

By Golf WA

South Australia’s Caitlin Peirce was steadiness personified as she fired a 1-under par final round to land the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic 72-hole title at The Western Australian Golf Club today.

Peirce, 22, looked to have a big task on her hands to overhaul overnight leader Annika Rathbone’s three-stroke advantage.

She reduced the gap to a single stroke by the 10th tee and nosed ahead after Rathbone carded back-to-back bogeys on 10 and 11.

Queenslander Hannah Reeves, meanwhile, was busy turning a two-horse race into a three-horse race. Starting the day 10 behind Rathbone and seven adrift of Peirce, Reeves reached the turn in 33 (three under par) and kept her foot on the accelerator.

Further birdies on 12, 13, 16 and 17 moved Reeves into a share of the lead and she was even threatening a course record before a bogey at the last blunted her drive. her six-under 67 was the round of the day by some margin, however.

It left Peirce, who had birdied 13 and 17, with a two-stroke advantage on the final tee, which she duly held onto, closing with a rock-solid par to finish the championship at 5-under.

Sydney's Rathbone, whose chances faded away with further bogeys on 15 and 16, closed with a four-over 77 to share second with Reeves, two shots behind Peirce.

On what was a very successful three days’ work for interstate visitors, NSW’s Yerin Kim and Victorian Jazy Roberts tied for fourth at 2-over for the championship, while Tasmania’s Hallie Meaburn was outright sixth a further two strokes back.

For Peirce, her win was the latest in a string of fine performances that saw her reach the last 16 of the US Women’s Amateur before winning the Queensland Women’s Amateur last weekend.

“I knew there was a low score out there today if players were able to capitalise. I gave myself a lot of opportunities, but held it together well enough to come through in the end,” Peirce told GolfWA.

She had words of consolation for Golf Australia High Performance teammate Rathbone, after she was unable to hold on to her 54-hole lead.

“I feel for Annika. She missed a lot of putts that she would have holed yesterday, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“It’s still a great week for her, especially when you consider she only flew in the evening before the tournament and only saw the course when she played her first round on Monday.”

The Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic also features Mid-Am and Seniors competitions, which were just as fiercely competed. Lauren Dowd held on to win the Mid-Am by three strokes from WAGC clubmate Young Ju Kennedy, while Bunbury GC’s Josephine Jones won the Seniors title by two strokes from Jane Walton (WAGC).


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