GREG NORMAN’S recently redesigned East Course and The Grange Golf Club proved a stern test for South Australian golfers participating in this year’s Race Series state final. Albeit played under perfect conditions, the course was always likely to prove a challenge coming off the back of hosting the Australian Amateur Championships.
Fast undulating greens kept the competitors attention all day long and it proved at the golfers peril if they lost focus on even a single putt. It was perhaps therefore not surprising that the best scores of the day came from A grade, the best of those being 35 points posted by Jason Brooks.
Jason’s solid round was an impressive display of controlled aggression, and reward for such play is a spot on Team South Australia as the A grade champion.
Joining Jason and the already confirmed order of merit winner; Mark Sheldon, will be the ‘shocked’ new B grade champions; Jon Ashcroft. Jon believed his hopes at a Bonville spot were all but gone after posting 30 points, but 30 points was enough to take the grade win and cap a day that also saw him win the 3rd hole Titleist nearest the pin.
In the C grade competition, a solid 32 points from James Kerin saw him beat home his competitors to gain his spot on Team SA, and as the only lady in the field, Sarah Russell took her place on Team SA as the female qualifier, playing through injury to post a commendable 22 points.
The final South Australian instalment of the Golf Buddy challenge was held on the extremely tough par three 5th hole and was won at a distance of 617cm by David McMahon.
In what was a rather streaky day, Gavin Andrew managed to win all the remaining hole prizes, taking out the nearest to pin’s on both the par three 12th and 15th holes as well as winning the Cobra Puma Go Looong contest with a drive of 237m on the par five 7th hole.
Our final five remaining South Australian golfers will now hit the range as they prepare to travel to Bonville with state pride well and truly on the line in the national final. This year’s series has seen some great moments and enjoyed great events at Flagstaff Hill, Links Lady Bay, Tanunda Pines and The Grange, thanks to all competitors and see you next time.
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