2015 Victorian Amateur Foursomes Decided at Metropolitan

L-R: Kyle Michel, Chris Tomlinson, ALizza Hetherington, Zara Woodbridge

Alizza Hetherington & Zara Woodbridge (Royal Melbourne) have won the Victorian Women’s Amateur Foursomes while Kyle Michel (Shepparton) & Chris Tomlinson (Cobram Barooga) took out the Victorian Men’s Amateur Foursomes played over 18-holes in conjunction with the qualifying round of the 2015 Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy at the Metropolitan Golf Club today (Tuesday 1 December).

Alizza and Zara fired a 78 to win the Women’s title by a mere one stroke from Alex Hilliard (Commonwealth) & Kono Matsumoto (Victoria). In the Men’s championship, Kyle continued his impressive winning form, this time pairing up with Chris Tomlinson. The pair fired a respectful 75 to edge out Rob Greenhill (Cheltenham) & Brad Kivimets (Victoria) by one shot.

As the morning sun disappeared into an overcast and windy afternoon, scoring conditions were difficult for the 51 men’s pairs and 12 women’s pairs contesting the respective Amateur Foursomes titles.

Kyle and Chris also took out the Australasian Challenge Shield for the men’s pair that were representing either a Melbourne Member Club; District Golf Association or the Victorian Golf League. The pair were representing the Goulburn Valley District.

2015 was the first year where the Victorian Men’s and Women’s Amateur Foursomes Championships have been played concurrently with the qualifying round of the Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy.

This followed a review by the GV Match Committee whereby it was determined that the events would not be staged as stand-alone Championships given low men’s and women’s participation numbers in recent years. The Committee felt that there was insufficient justification in seeking specific course access for the events.

However to retain the traditional titles, which commenced in 1903 for the men and 1950 for the women, and following the appreciated support received from the Metropolitan Golf Club, the Committee agreed to adopt the structure used this year. 

Rather than discontinue the events altogether, the Committee was prepared to alternatively stage these titles over 18-holes and the adopt the concept of all Victorian Foursomes titles being incorporated into the one day as part of the Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy qualifying. The situation will be reviewed again after the 2015 event.

Golf Victoria is certainly mindful of the need to stage major State amateur events on weekends wherever possible. For example since 2008 (and with the similarly appreciated assistance of Kingston Heath & Commonwealth), the Victorian Amateur qualifying rounds have been conducted in conjunction with the Port Phillip Amateur to provide at least part participation opportunity over a weekend. Previously the Vic Amateur qualifying rounds had been conducted as stand-alone events on weekdays due to difficulty in obtaining weekend course access.

In 2015, the first round of the Victorian Mid-Amateur Championship for players aged 30-54 was played on a Sunday in mid-January (2nd round on a Monday given the same course access issues) with this pattern to continue into 2016 and beyond.

While Golf Victoria certainly understands the preference of long-time participants in the traditional State Level amateur events to play on weekends, unfortunately it’s not an easy task to maintain this preferred hosting structure given the heavy domestic usage at Victorian golf clubs.

Click here for full results for the 2015 Victorian Amateur Foursomes

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