Brad Moules and Sarah King have won the 2011 SA Men’s & Women’s Amateur Championships at Glenelg Golf Club.
The men’s final proved to be a tense affair, with the match going all the way to the 36th hole with Brad Moules winning 1 up over Chris Austin.
In the Women’s final, the experience of Sarah King came to the fore as she held off a plucky challenge from local teenager Jenny Lee, winning the match 8 & 6.
The Men’s Amateur final was always predicted to be a tight contest and little separated state representatives Moules and Austin following the morning’s first 18 holes, with Moules going to the break holding a one shot lead.
The afternoon session looked like it was going to belong to Moules, who extended his lead to 5 holes through the afternoon’s front nine.
There was plenty of drama to follow however, as Austin quietly went about winning four of the next five holes to shave the deficit to a single hole by the 32nd.
From there the contest seesawed, with Moules winning the 33rd only to surrender his 2-hole advantage back to one after missing a short par putt on the 16th.
With the 17th halved in 4s, both players adopted a conservative approach up the par five 18th, where Austin was unfortunate to put his chip shot through the green and allow Moules the luxury of having two putts for the halved hole and to take the match 1 up.
In the Women’s final, Sarah King got off to a flying start with a birdie at the first, and further asserted her dominance over Jenny Lee through the morning’s 18 holes in going to the break 6-up.
While Lee played some competitive golf in the afternoon session, at one stage winning back two consecutive holes and being extremely unlucky to see a putt lip out on the next, the task was also going to be tough against the experienced King who displayed a sure touch on and around the greens. She closed out the match with a solid par in the par-5 12th hole to take the contest 8 & 6.
It was to prove a fine maiden victory for King, who had lost two previous Amateur finals to Stephanie Na and Ebony Heard,
The final of the Women’s Bronze Cup also proved to be a competitive affair, with Jillian Gehling defeated her fellow Glenelg member Cheryl Franzi 5 & 4.
For all scores from the Golf SA Amateur Championships, click here to visit the tournament event page on the Golf SA website
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