Traralgon Classic

27 - 29 January 2017

Golf Victoria is pleased to announce the addition of a final 2017 Oates Victorian Open qualifying opportunity for both men and women as part of the newly restructured 2017 Men’s & Women’s Traralgon Classic. The 72-hole event will run over three days, 18 holes each day on Friday 27 & Saturday 28 January followed by 36 holes on Sunday 29 January.

“Traralgon Golf Club is excited to be implementing a changed format to the long running Traralgon 72 Hole Classic. The introduction of a Ladies event, to run in conjunction with the Men’s event is a most welcome change. Spreading the event over three days is an initiative that will make the event less of an ordeal.

All players will be made very welcome by the Traralgon members and we look forward to a highly successful event” – Ron Elliot (Director of Golf – Traralgon GC)

The field will be limited to 70 males players and 30 female players, with a ballot by handicap at close of entries should entries reach capacity. After 36-holes the leading 54 men and 22 women (both including ties) shall qualify for the third and fourth rounds.

The Traralgon Classic will be allocated to category (j) within the list of events/achievements under which respective men’s and women’s amateur exemptions to the 2017 Oates Victorian Open starting field will be allocated.

Player Information

Date: Friday 27 - Sunday 29 January 2017
Venue: Traralgon Golf Club
Format: 72-Hole Stroke (Men & Women)
GA Handicap Limit: 9.0 (Men) & 15.0 (Women) at close of entry
Entry Fee: $115.00 (paper entry) or $100.00 (online entry) - both inc. GST
Inclusions: Light lunch on all rounds

The field for the Traralgon Classic will be limited to 70 male players and 30 female players. Should a capacity field be reach, a ballot by handicap will occur at close of entries.

Entries Open: Monday 7 November 2016
Entries Close: 5:00pm on Thursday 12 January 2017

Event Organiser: Michelle Hui (Golf Events Coordinator)
Phone: (03) 8545 6207

Starting List - as of 21/01/17

Version 2: 25/01/2017

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Men's 72-Hole Results
Women's 72-Hole Results
Men's Leaderboards: Gross, Nett
Women's Leaderboards: Gross, Nett
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Rounds 3 & 4 - Sunday 29 January

Traralgon Classic Winners
L-R: Kono Matsumoto (Victoria) & Tom Couling (Commonwealth/Traralgon)

Commonwealth's Tom Couling and Kono Matsumoto from Victoria have secured the final two Amateur exemptions into the 2017 Oates Vic Open after taking out the respective men's and women's titles at the 72-hole Traralgon Classic.

Three days of brilliant sunshine culminated in Traralgon's very own dual in the sun as the field of 60 men & seven women completed the final two rounds around the beautifully presented, parkland style layout.

After trailing overnight leader Harrison Whykes by three strokes, 22-year-old Couling burst into contention with a superb third round of seven-under 65, including an outward half of 30 after six birdies and an eagle. However Whykes wasn't going away and retuned a fine 69 of his own to see the Settlers Run member trail by just a stroke going into the final round.

No stranger to low numbers at Traralgon, Couling put on a show in the afternoon with consecutive birdies on holes 2 thru 5 capped off with an eagle on 6 to extend his lead. The 2013 champion was well on his way to beating his previous score of 22 under until a bogey on 9 slowed the momentum. A further 3 birdies and 2 bogeys coming home solidified the Commonwealth member a 66 off the stick and starting position at the Oates Vic Open by 6 shots over Josh Hetherington of Royal Melbourne. Hetherington rallied today to sneak ahead of Whykes by a mere shot.

Meanwhile in the women's section, Matsumoto's solid seven stroke lead after 36-holes shrank to just three after she returned a 3rd round of 78. Commonwealth teenager Sheradyn Johnson narrowed the gap with a well put together 74 and could have been closer minus a number of bogeys on the back nine coming home.

In the afternoon, the pair battled back off forth with Johnson gaining the lead again half way through the round. Both players threw away shots in the last few holes with the heat starting to take its toll. Matsumoto was too hard to chase down with her steady game holding on to post a 1 over par round of 72 to win by 7 shots from Johnson. The Victoria member and newly inducted Australian citizen will now prepare to tee it up alongside the pros down at 13th Beach Golf Links in a week and a half.

Shot of the tournament was awarded to Harry Smiles of Peninsula-Kingswood today with an ace on the par 3 15th, flighting a perfect 8 iron from 145m into the hole.

Traralgon Golf Club are to commended on their presentation of the course and hospitality provided by all players. Director of Golf Ron Elliott was a key and enthusiastic figure in progressing the 2017 Championship and following the presentation was buoyant about where the event is heading.

“Traralgon Golf Club has been delighted with the success of the new format for 2017 Traralgon Classic. The members have greatly appreciated the increase in player numbers and have been particularly pleased to have women invited to be part of the event.

Providing Oates Vic Open status for the winners is an innovation that we hope can continue into the future. The Club would also like to express it appreciation of the organisation and work done by Golf Victoria in facilitating this event.

We look forward in future years to building this into and even stronger event.”

As part of a new initiative from Golf Victoria, the Traralgon Classic is one of three 72-hole events played in country Victoria over the past six months that have provided both men and women with the opportunity to win amateur exemptions into the 2017 Oates Vic Open. The other two events were the Cobram-Barooga Open Amateur and the Portsea Open Amateur. A fourth event, the Westcoast Open Amateur, is to be played at Warrnambool & Port Fairy Golf Clubs in May and become part of the regional series aligned with the 2018 Oates Vic Open.

The initiative has been very successful with the Ivo Whitton and Susie Tolhurst Trophy events experiencing a spike in entries and interest with players travelling from far and wide to participate. Over time and in close partnership with the respective host clubs, Golf Victoria is looking to further grow the participation in these regional events and consolidate the link with the Oates Vic Open.

Golf Victoria would like to thank all participants for supporting this event and look forward to the season ahead.

Round 2 - Saturday 28 January

Traralgon Rd 2 Web
Harrison Whykes (Settlers Run)

Harrison Whykes & Kono Matsumoto maintain their overnight leads at the Traralgon Classic heading into the final day tomorrow.

Whykes (Settlers Run) capitalised on his round 1 lead, posting 6 birdies for a 3 under par round of 69. Score of the day came from Royal Melbourne’s Josh Hetherington recording an almost flawless card of 8 birdies and an unfortunate double for a 6 under par 66. Hetherington has shot into second place and trails Whykes by a single shot, with Tom Couling (Commonwealth) hot on their tails a further two shots behind.

Victoria’s Kono Matsumoto is making a charge in the women’s section, posting a 1 under par round of 70 today, which included 4 birdies, to be leading by 7 shots from Sheradyn Johnson of Commonwealth. Johnson is a shot ahead of Sandhurst’s Kai Shipp whose round today was highlighted by an eagle on hole 14.

Players now have the afternoon off for recovery before the 36-hole final day tomorrow. Round 3 will start early in the morning via a shot-gun start at 7:30am.

Round 1 - Friday 27 January

Traralgon Rd 1 Web
Kono Matsumoto (Victoria)

The 2017 Traralgon Classic has kicked off in fine conditions today out in West Gippsland at the Traralgon Golf Club.

Newly restructured this year to include a women's section, the event saw a solid field of 60 men and 7 women tee off this afternoon. With current amateur exemptions finalised for the 2017 Oates Vic Open, it can be confirmed that the respective Men’s & Women’s winners of the Traralgon Classic will gain starts into the field down at 13th Beach Golf Links on 9-12 February.

Harrison Whykes is keen to chase his ticket into the Oates Vic Open, jumping out the gates this afternoon with a solid score of 4 under par 68. The Settlers Run member recorded 5 birdies and an eagle en route to a total of 4 under the card. He leads by 2 shots from local member Tom Couling (Commonwealth/Traralgon) and Brett Kellow from Mooroopna.

In the women’s field, Kono Matsumoto of Victoria carded a 4 over par 75 to be leading by a mere shot. Following closely behind at a pair of Commonwealth members Sheradyn Johnson and Maddie Peters, both recording scores of 76.

Round 2 starts tomorrow morning from 8:00am.

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