18 Dec 2020 | Amateur golf |
Wall & Lavender triumph at Victorian Senior Amateur
by Golf Australia
James Lavender and Jane Wall have been crowned the 2020 Victorian Senior Amateur champions at Horsham Golf Club.
Wall led from start to finish with an impressive 223 total, giving her a 14 shot victory from Sue Laird.
Wall started the tournament off with an even par 72 and held steady for the entire event, never looking challenged on her way to the title.
“It means a lot to win this week. I am moving to Sydney next month and I am thrilled to etch my name onto this trophy”, Wall said.
The men’s championship went to a 6-hole playoff with James Lavender making a birdie on the fifth playoff hole to salute.
The pair were tied at the start of the day and as they turned for the back nine, Naismith led by four shots from Lavender and had victory in is sights.
A remarkable stretch of golf from Lavender was to come as he holed out of the greenside bunker on 13 for birdie, followed up by an 8-iron hole out for eagle on 15.
The pair were level on the 18th tee and after two pars, they finished on one-under par and we were set for a playoff.
It wasn’t until the fifth playoff hole that Lavender holed a 20-foot putt for a remarkable victory.
“It is a great honour to win this event. After such a tough year it is such a great way to finish”, Lavender exclaimed.
“Kevin deserved to win this just as much as I did. It was a fantastic battle”.
Shayne Walker finished the event strongly to round out the top three, eight shots behind the pair.
In the net sections, Marion Venn finished with a fantastic 208 total to win by three from Jen Le Cerf in the women’s whilst Robert Richards triumphed over Peter Doyle on a countback after they finished on 211.
A big thank you to Horsham Golf Club for hosting the event. The course was presented beautifully, and the players thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic event to round out the year.
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