Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship finals decided

 

The 2016 Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship finals have been decided today in picture perfect conditions at The National Golf Club.

The morning field, consisting of the women’s and mixed divisions, were greeted by sunshine and a crisp breeze coming off the shoreline that hugs the ocean course layout.

Heading into the final round Gina Smith and Vikki Templeton (Cranbourne GC) held the lead in the women’s section after their opening round of 43 stableford points. Scoring 29 points in the second round, the pair were left just one shot shy of victory which was reserved for two women whose names have been etched on the women’s trophy once before.

Noela Read and Gay Paterson (Commonwealth GC) returned rounds of 40 and 33 to finish one-shot victors and secure their second women’s title with a total of 73 points. Read and Peterson, who won the 2012 title with 81 points, become just the third pair in any section to have won the championship twice and the only pair to have won twice in non-consecutive years.

Women's champions Noela Read and Gay Peterson (Commonwealth Golf Club)
Women's champions Noela Read and Gay Paterson (Commonwealth Golf Club)

While in the mixed section, the overnight leaders held strong during the final day. Ann Mackintosh (Lara GC) and Alex Wilson (Thirteenth Beach Golf Links) entered the final round with a two-shot buffer after scoring 44 points on the first day at Sorrento Golf Club. Continuing their fine form, the duo recorded 42 points at The National Golf Club to finish four shots clear with 86 points.

Mixed champions Ann Mackintosh (Lara Golf Club) and Alex Wilson (Thirteenth Beach Golf Links)
Mixed champions Ann Mackintosh (Lara Golf Club) and Alex Wilson (Thirteenth Beach Golf Links)

When the men took to the course in the afternoon the trophy was anyone’s for the taking with 20 pairs within 5 points of the top spot after the first round.

Father and son Dean and Blake Anderson (Northern GC) began the day in the lead with 45 points after edging out defending champions Allan Quek and Ricky Aow (Wellington Links GC) during round one at Sorrento Golf Club after a count back.

An impressive second round performance of 40 points looked enough to secure the win when the pair were joined by Trent McRae and Brad Willaton (Shepparton GC) on 85 points resulting in another count back.

After an opening round of 44 points, the Shepparton duo of McRae and Willaton prevailed via countback with 41 points in the final round today, trumping the father-son Anderson pair.

Men's champions Trent McRae and Brad Willaton (Shepparton)
Men's champions Trent McRae and Brad Willaton (Shepparton Golf Club)

Once again, a brand new Mazda2 sedan went begging as no one was able to ace the 169 metre par-3 11th hole.

Golf Victoria would like to acknowledge the Mazda Victorian Division for their on-going support of the tournament and congratulate all of today’s winners.

For full results, please click here.

See you all again next year for the 2017 Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship.




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