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golf qld www.insidegolf.com.au | December 2014 75 WWW.JUNIORGOLFQUEENSLAND.ORG.AU Shin, Smyth top amateurs Troy Moses (Bonnie Doon Golf Club) won the 2014 Keperra Bowl at the Keperra Country Golf Club during october. It was Moses’ consistency throughout the tournament which secured this year’s Championship and his first major win on the National Amateur golfing calendar. Moses opened with a round of three-under par (69). He followed this up with a six-under par (66) in the second round. A fantastic third round of nine-under par (63) saw him equal the course record and establish an eight shot lead heading into the fourth round. Moses returned a final round score of three under- par (69) for a four round total of 267 (-21) for the Championship. Last year’s champion Taylor Macdonald (redcliffe) finished runner up on 274 (-14). Macdonald carded a first round four-under par (68) followed by a pair of three-under par 69’s in the second and third round. He returned a final round score of 68 to finish seven shots back. Cory Crawford (Sanctuary Cove) finished in third place after strong scoring all week, he returned rounds of 69,71,69 and 66 in the final round to finish 13-under par on 275. STATe rivalries were revisited in the final of the Queensland Women’s Amateur final when Queenslander Samantha Foley took on Shelly Shin from New South Wales. Shin and Foley traded blows throughout the morning, with Shin 1-up after 16. A birdie four on the 18th had Shin heading to lunch with a 2-up margin. Foley needed a good start to the afternoon but it wasn’t to be, with Shin extending her lead to 3-up after 20 holes and then 4-up through 28. Foley’s back-to-back birdies on the 29th and 30th holes reduced the margin to two but a birdie from Shin on the 32nd hole restored her three hole advantage and it was too much for Foley to counter, despite a win on the 33rd hole. With a stunning birdie on the 35th hole, Shelly Shin emerged with a 3/1 victory to claim her first Queensland Women’s Amateur Championship. The Men’s Amateur Final was an all New South Wales affair after the last Queenslander in the draw, Medal Champion Simon Viitakangas, was defeated on the 19th by Keperra Bowl Champion Troy Moses. Joining Moses in the final was Medal runner-Up Travis Smyth, with both looking to claim their maiden Queensland Amateur title. Moses was on fire early, racing to a three- Viitakangas storms home in Men’s Stroke Play SIMoN Viitakangas has won the 2014 Queensland Men’s Stroke Play Championship at Southport Golf Club on the Gold Coast. A third round course record of seven-under- par (64) allowed Viitakangas (Palmer Gold Coast) to leapfrog the leading contingent of New South Welshman and head into the final round with a three-shot lead. A closing even par 71 was enough to claim his first Queensland Stroke Play Championship. Travis Smyth (St Michael’s) shared the best 4th round score of 66 to rocket up the leaderboard and claim second, two shots behind Viitakangas. Choi captures Women’s Stroke Play Doey Choi (Concord Golf Club) won the 2014 Queensland Women’s Stroke Play Championship to record a 292 total and a one shot victory at Arundel Hills Country Club. Choi opened the Championship with a four over par round of 76, followed by a second round 71. She was able to cope with the blustery weather after players were hampered by gusty winds in difficult conditions during the final 36 holes. Choi went on to return a third round 68 (-4) assisted by an eagle on the reachable 235 meter par 4 6th hole. Her closing round of five over par (77) was enough to win the Championship by a single shot to local player Ali orchard (Sanctuary Cove) orchard finished the tournament on 293. After an opening even par (72) and a second round of three under par (69), orchard was in a commanding position heading into the final day. However, with a disappointing 11 over par (83) third round, orchard was able to regain her composure for the afternoon, posting a sub-par round of three under 69. Shelly Shin finished in third on a count back after she fired rounds of 74,70,73 and 76. The Champion of Champions title was decided over the first 36 holes. With rounds of 72 and 69, Ali orchard from Sanctuary Cove Golf Club emerged a four-shot victor over rebecca Kay (Coolangatta Tweed). Jack Sullivan (Palmer Colonial) won the Champion of Champions. Continuing his affinity with the Southport layout, Sullivan fired rounds of 71, 72 and 75 in the tie breaking third round to claim the title over Damien Jordan (Coolangatta). Moses takes Keperra Bowl hole lead by the fourth. It would prove to be a false indication of how the match would play out, with Smyth fighting back to level the game and lead by the 12th. An eagle two from 140m on the 13th from Moses swung the momentum back in his favour and when he birdied the 14th, Moses was back in charge. After Smyth birdied the demanding 17th and had locked up a par on the 18th, it seemed like the men would be all square at the break. Moses was having none of that and chipped in for his par to halve the hole and head to lunch with a one hole lead. Following the natural flow of the match, Smyth made a charge and took a two hole lead by the time the players reached the 22nd, only for Moses to reclaim an advantage by the 30th. A concession on the 31st and a Smyth birdie on the 32nd had Smyth standing on the picturesque 15th (33rd) tee again holding a one-hole lead. After trading wins on the 33rd and 34th holes, Smyth was closing in on the Championship. With the penultimate hole halved, Moses need to win the 36th to send the match to extra holes. Smyth held his nerve to make par and win the 2014 Queensland Men’s Amateur Championship.
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