L-R: Steven Craig, Christopher Fan, Min A Yoon & Rob Worthington
Min Yoon and Christopher Fan from Avondale have won the respective 2018 Port Phillip women's and men's drawing titles after the last rounds of the 72-hole championship that was played today at Commonwealth Golf Club (Saturday, December 8th).
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A fine and mild day greeted the players in a welcome break from the heat and wind of the opening two rounds at Kingston Heath. With a gentle southwest wind coming in during the afternoon, the conditions were ideal for the final day of the iconic amateur event. In an exciting final, Fan and Yoon both shot beautiful final rounds of seven-under-66 to claim respective one-stroke victories in the men's and women's championships.
The backward player of the Victorian state, David Micheluzzi, who entered the final round with three strokes, chased the 18-year-old Fan with eight afternoon birds to win home with a lone beat. With both players bound for the lead playing the 432-meter par four 18th, Fan & # 39; s closing par to a Micheluzzi bogey sealed the Men's Port Phillip.
Fan ended on a 72-hole total of seven under 283 with 22-year-old Micheluzzi at 284 and runner-up for a second consecutive year. Josh Armstrong of the Lakes finished in an open third position after a final round of 69 for a two-under total of 288.
The women's championship was an afternoon fight between 15-year-old Yoon and Maddison Hinson-Tolchard from the Gosnells Golf Club after night leader Kono Matsumoto declined during the final rounds.
The West Australian teenager ended with a four-under-69 for a 72-hole total of 292, only to see Yoon go by with her stellar 66, including eight birdies to finish on three-under-291 . In a week where the 168 players come from 88 different clubs, including 55 from interstate or overseas, the third went to Yuka Saso from the Philippines at 295. Saso emerges as strong contender for the Victorian Amateur competition rounds after finishing rounds from 72 and 69 in the final day.
The Men & # 39; s Port Phillip Amateur started in 1976 and was played annually at Kingston Heath and Commonwealth in Melbourne & summers Sand Belt. The 72-hole championship offers former winners such as Mike Clayton (1977 & 1980), Brad Hughes (1987 & 1988), Craig Spence (1994), Stephen Allan (1995) and Scott Gardiner (1999). The Women & # 39; s Port Phillip Amateur started in 2012 with Metropolitan & # 39; s Su-Hyun Oh winning in both 2012 and 2013.
After the valued support of the Commonwealth and Kingston Heath Golf clubs, the qualifying rounds for the Victorian Amateur Championship for men were held in collaboration with the Port Phillip Amateur from 2008. This scheme was further consolidated, with the qualification rounds for the women's ladies 'ladies' championships. were played simultaneously with the Port Phillip from 2012.
The 32 largest men and the 16 leading 16 players of the Port Phillip Amateur will now proceed to the game round of the 2018 Men and Women Victorian Amateur Championships which will be played in the Huntingdale Golf Club from Monday 10 December.
Now Grace Kim and Alizza Hetherington are not available to play in the match rounds, women with scores of 309 (+15) or better are automatically transferred to the women's championship, with Alex Hilliard and Jen Goh to play for the position 16. While men with scores of 304 (+14) went on to the men's championship. While sixteen players fulfilled exactly the qualifying games for women, a play-off was required between four men for the last three positions with Jasper Stubbs, Andrew Richards and Darcy Brereton who all survived to reach Huntingdale.
The first round of the men's game starts at Huntingdale on Monday morning at 07:30 with the first round of women's events at 12 o'clock in the afternoon. Both titles end with respectively the men and women 36-holes final on Wednesday 12 December.