Porter, Hughes rule Red Center

Posted by on April 07, 2019  /   Posted in golf news

Cassie Porter and Jake Hughes show their trophies at the picturesque Alice Springs Golf Club.

Affinity with the Northern Territory delivered the spades today when Cassie Porter and Jake Hughes won their respective NT Amateur crowns in Alice Springs.

Porter, the title defender, condemned a challenge from Kelsey Bennett to rush to the title of the woman

Similarly, Hughes chose his career as the best 72-hole total for a resounding success.

Porter, still only 16, won at 12 o'clock under and through a whopping 11 strokes of St Michael & # 39; s member Kelsey Bennett who early on time wiped out for a closing 76 that left her behind on a total.

Her colleague New South Wales representative, Stefanie Hall of the Australian, became third after three on a slot 76.

Early in the final round, Bennett was one of the turn and closed the opening to five strokes.

But when the talented teenager of Peregian Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast let go, she couldn't be stopped.

Porter responded with a birdie on the par-five 10th and, as she had done all week, enjoyed on the back nine and yanked away, ending with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to provide sub-par scores in each round.

"It is a huge honor to win back-to-back NT Amateurs," Porter said.

"I like to come to the NT – the people are so friendly and hospitable," said an enthusiastic Porter after the round.

"I started with my processes, didn't think about being in charge, trusted myself and had fun."

After finishing the leading amateur at the recent Canberra Classic and NSW Women & # 39; s Open, Porter emerges as one of the beating players during this week's Australian Girls Amateur Championship, which starts on Wednesday at the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

On the men's side, Hughes started the final round with a single branch ahead of another member of St Michael, John Lyras.

And while the final round always turned up as a direct shooting, there were excellent performances from the chase package.

The defending men's champion, Kyle Gray of Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast, was the couple's choice with a closing six-under 66 for a possible share in third place with Virginia & Zach Maxwell on 279. Maxwell shot a closing three-under 69, including an incredible albatross on the par-five sixth

But all eyes were on the leading duo.

Hughes had birdies in first and sixth place offset by a lone bogey in fourth, while par golf by Lyras was interrupted by a birdie in the clumsy par-four eighth as each turned in 35.

But at home inspired, Hughes emphatically played over the last nine to play away.

Birdies on the 10th and 11th followed a few holes later with an eagle on the downwind par-five 14th sharpening him away from the talented Sydneysider.

Hughes was a member of both Alice Springs and Kingston Heath in Melbourne and ended with a five-under-67 for a total of 16 in total, three free from the 22-year-old Lyras who closed with a 69.

"It's nice to win my home amateur with my best 72-hole score ever," said Hughes.

"I really have to credit the profits for my coaches Dayle Lynch and Craig Spence to develop my mental and physical game."

The NT Amateur started in 1970 and now alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs every year. The 2020 championship returns to the top in the Darwin Golf Club.

As the sun sets on the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges that flank the beautiful course designed by Peter Thomson, the 2019 championship will be remembered for the titles that go to a few rising stars of golfing Australian Amateur.

Porter is extremely talented and destined for great things, while Hughes' breakthrough allows him to join recent men's champions, including the talented young Australian professional Jake McLeod (2012) and the star Victorian amateur, David Micheluzzi (2013), currently the 5th ranked amateur in the world golf.

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