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2018 Port Phillip Open Newbie Commences

Western Australia’s Maddison Hinson-Tolchard and Andre Lautee from Kingston Heath lead the respective 2018 Port Phillip Ladies’s and Males’s Newbie titles following the primary spherical of the 72-hole Championship performed at Kingston Heath right now (Thursday 9 December).

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On a scorching Melbourne summer time’s day with a gusting northerly wind making scoring exceedingly tough, 19-year-old Lautee made probably the most of his morning tee time in firing a four-under 68, highlighted by six birdies. He leads the 129 participant males’s subject by one stroke from Lake Karrinyup’s Joseph Owen who fired a 69. Finishing a profitable day for Western Australian guests, Cottelsoe’s Jack Patterson and Hayden Hopewell from Royal Fremantle path by an additional shot after respective two-under 70’s which was matched late within the day by Royal Melbourne’s Darcy Brereton.

The primary spherical of the Ladies’s Championship took to the Kingston Heath format through the afternoon. Because the temperature rose, Hinson-Tolchard’s first ever go to additionally yielded a four-under return, together with six birdies of her personal. ‘I’ve by no means been right here earlier than,’ the 16-year-old commented after the spherical, ’and solely hit driver as soon as. That was actually the important thing and I’m so happy with the spherical.”

{The teenager} from Perth’s Gosnells Golf Membership leads a gaggle of three gamers on one-under together with New Zealand’s Siyi Keh, Jen Goh from Singapore and Victorian State participant Kono Matsumoto. Defending champion Stephanie Bunque and Australian ladies’s representatives, Rebecca Kay and Grace Kim have been amongst a bigger contingent 4 strokes additional behind at two-over, 76.

The Males’s Port Phillip Newbie commenced in 1976 and has been performed yearly over that point at Kingston Heath and Commonwealth inside Melbourne’s Sand Belt. The 72-hole Championship boasts former winners similar to Mike Clayton (1977 & 1980), Brad Hughes (1987 & 1988), Craig Spence (1994), Stephen Allan (1995) and Scott Gardiner (1999). The Ladies’s Port Phillip Newbie commenced in 2012 with Metropolitan’s Su-Hyun Oh profitable in each 2012 and 2013.

Following the appreciated help of the Commonwealth and Kingston Heath Golf Golf equipment, the Males’s Victorian Newbie Championship qualifying rounds have been held at the side of the Port Phillip Newbie from 2008 onwards. This association was additional consolidated with the Ladies’s Victorian Newbie Championship qualifying rounds being performed concurrently with the Port Phillip from 2012.

The Championship now attracts gamers from throughout Australia with this yr’s subject of 168 coming from 88 completely different golf equipment, together with 55 interstate and abroad golf equipment. The second spherical of the 2018 Port Phillip continues at Kingston Heath tomorrow with the ultimate 36-holes to be performed at Commonwealth on Saturday eight December.

The main 32 males’s gamers and the main 16 ladies’s gamers from the Port Phillip Newbie will progress to the match play rounds of the 2018 Males’s and Ladies’s Victorian Newbie Championships which shall be performed on the Huntingdale Golf Membership starting subsequent Monday (10 December).

The primary spherical of the lads’s match play will start at Huntingdale on Monday morning at 7.30am with the primary spherical of girls’s matches take to the course at 12 midday. Each titles culminate with respective Males’s and Ladies’s 36-hole finals on Wednesday 12 December.

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