Winners crowned at Woodlands

2017 Regional Series Woodlands

The fine weather continued from yesterday into this morning for the Stuart Appleby Regional Series event at Woodlands Golf Club. Overcast skies kept the temperature relatively cool until the sunshine broke through the clouds late in the piece. A gusty northly wind lingered for much of the day and made scoring tough around the tight tee-tree lined layout.

After missing out on top spot at the Stuart Appleby Regional Series event at Curlewis in late May, Mitchell Crabbe finally had his revenge today capturing the overall boys title with a round of three over-par 73. The Western District player that now calls Commonwealth Golf Club home had a relatively up and down day with 3 birdies, 10 pars, 4 bogeys and one double bogey. However, his back nine of one over-par was enough to ward off his fellow Commonwealth compatriot Max Green on a count-back for top spot.  Green has been unlucky to have not tasted victory in the Regional Series after firing a sizzling three-under 68 at Kooringal only to be notched out of top spot by a red-hot Blair Christie on a count-back.

Today’s overall girls title went to Sothern’s Kay Bannan with solid round of four over-par 76. After shooting her first ever par round of golf in January and taking home the Southern Junior Classic title, the 14-year-old then fired a stellar subpar-round in February to earn the right to tee it up with the pros at the 2017 Oates Vic Open. It was this fantastic form that led to her selection as a development player traveling with the Victorian girls’ team in Sydney a few months back.  Shanaiah Fernando and Sayumi De Costa finished one shot in arrears of the champion with rounds of 77.

Although narrowly missing out for girls gross title, Sayumi De Coasta set the course on fire today with a fantastic score of 68 from her 9 handicap to win A division by a convincing five shots. De Costa will also have her name etched on the prestigious Liz Bruton salver after returning the best girls handicap score across the entire field.

Naya Patel has found some solid form this school holidays and was too strong in the B division when the Victoria member recorded a round of 70, two strokes better than her 13 handicap. Although Patrick O’Connor missed out on the B division title on a count-back, he did take home the Perc Morling trophy for the best boys nett score.

In C division, it was a three-way tie with Jorja Azzopardi, Amelie Dart-Fagan and Ryan Godber - all tied on 34 points. In the end, it was Rossdale’s Jorja Azzopardi that claimed top spot in the C division on a count-back.

Amidst all of the golf today, one shot stood head and shoulders above the rest. That shot belonged to Victoria’s Sara Hidayat who managed a hole-in-one on the 108m metre 19th hole after her perfectly struck iron found its resting place in the bottom of the cup.    

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