2019 WA Amateur champions Azer Pehlic and Kirsten Rudgeley
Azer Pehlic and Kirsten Rudgeley, both from Mount Lawley Golf Club, are now proud holders of the 2019 Amateur Championship of Western Australia titles after an exciting weekend of golf at Wanneroo Golf Club. Spectators witnessed a piece of history when the club delivered both winners, a first at the championships.
Local galleries took to Wanneroo Golf Club with the greens in flawless condition, a testament to Mr. Jon Carter, named Superintendent of the Year at the recent 2019 WA Golf Industry Awards.
The men's final was a hard struggle between Pehlic and Haydn Barron (WAGC) over 36 heavy holes of golf. Pehlic and Barron both had 1UP leads on different stages in the first 18 holes, but neither of them could separate themselves from the other.
When the second 18 started, Pehlic surprised many to assert his authority over the competition.
A birdie on the par 5 10th (28th hole of the game) extended Pehlic's lead to 2UP, the biggest lead of both games during the final.
When Barron birdied the 31st hole, the backlog was halved and another birdie on the 34th hole returned the game to All Square with two holes to play.
Both Pehlic and Barron were stubbornly at the 17th tee and had to clamber to save bogeys and halve the gap, putting a fascinating fight on the 18th.
Barron chose to hit the iron on the 18th tee and this paid off when he found the perfect spot on the fairway. Pehlic set off more aggressively with the driver and found himself in trouble when he drove past the fairway.
Despite his good starting shot, Barron left his approach and found the greenside bunker. Meanwhile, Pehlic emitted a layer of running iron that seeped to the right edge of the green.
Barron could not go up and down from the bunker and Pehlic ended Barron & # 39; s hope with a clinical well on the 18th hole to give him the victory for elated family and friends.
Pehlic noted that she was nervous most of the day. "… Haydn is a solid player and he let me rattle … but I kept him off for a good finish." Pehlic & # 39; s focus will now be on maintaining his motivation when the men's flag season starts.
In the women's final it was a cat and mouse game between competitors Kathryn Norris and Kirsten Rudgeley.
Rudgeley birdied the second hole to take a 1UP lead and advanced further when Norris reached the par 5 6th.
A series of birds on their backs 9 swung the momentum in favor of Rudgeley and she seemed to run away with the title of the woman on 5UP.
Norris was not ready yet. A good putt on 18 kickstarted a run of five consecutive birdies and suddenly Rudgeley & # 39; s lead was cut to just 2.
Norris soon staggered with three back to back bogeys and a little bird from Rudgeley on the 27th hole shot her lead back to a demanding 6UP.
Another Rudgeley bird on the 27th hole was the last nail in the Norris coffin. Despite two more birdies from Norris, it was a case of too little too late and Rudgeley took the victory 5 & 4.
Rudgeley recently kept up her busy golf schedule and is looking forward to playing the GolfWA Bowra & Dea Women & # 39; s Classic that was held this weekend at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. After her victory, she said, "I played pretty consistent golf today and kept myself together."