14 Mar 2020 | Amateur golf |

Rudgeley's chance to defend WA title

by Golf Australia

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Kirsten Rudgeley is making a good fist of defending her title. Photo: Getty

Defending Western Australian amateur champion Kirsten Rudgeley and another 2019 finalist, Mandurah’s Kathryn Norris will battle it out in the 36-hole WA amateur on Sunday.

It is the third time this pair has met in the final.

Rudgeley defeated fellow Mount Lawley member Valerie Khuu 3&2 to secure her position in the final, while Norris beat Maddy Hinson-Tolchard 3&2.

Rudgeley said: “Tomorrow I will just rock up I am pretty chilled like that. My plan will be to play steady golf, I will need to get some birdies out there but I know Kathryn will do the same.”

In the men’s quarter-finals, top seed Haydn Barron was knocked out by 15-year-old Alex Maxwell, but Maxwell was in turn beaten by state team member Jordan Jung in the semi-final, 3&2.

Jung will play Hayden Hopewell in the final, Hopewell having defeated Thomas Botica 4&2.

Both are making their first appearance in the final. “Jungy hits a straight ball, he knows the course, it’s his home track,’’ said Hopewell. “My length will be key tomorrow. Hopefully, I get some good reads on the green and have a strong round. I have really wanted to focus on this event. My sister has been on the bag, she’s been my rock this week and keeping me calm. I’m lucky she will be with me tomorrow.”

The 36-hole match play finals will commence at 8.30 am off the first tee tomorrow at Melville Glades Golf Club.

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