Date: December 14, 2011

Holman and Thomas win Victorian Amateurs

Courtesy: Golf Victoria VICTORIAN MEN&aposS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP Nathan Holman from Woodlands Golf Club is the newly crowned Victorian Amateur Champion after their terrific wins at the Commonwealth Golf Club today. Holman led from start to finish in defeating Troy Moses from the Glenelg Golf Club 9 and 7. Holman had got off to a flying start with birdies at the second and third holes putting him 3 up after 3 holes. Moses pegged back a hole at the fourth and another at the seventh with a fine birdie 2 to get back to one behind. Holman replied with birdies at the eighth and tenth to get back to 3 up before an inexplicable bogey at the long 12th hole reduced his lead back to 2. Both players enjoyed the 13th hole but a birdie from Moses was not good enough with a Holman eagle extending his lead back to 3. Moses made a nice birdie at 16 and despite shooting an even par morning round was still 2 holes down at lunch. The afternoon was all one way traffic with Holman winning many holes with birdies and Moses not able to respond. Holman was thrilled to win the Championship as he badly wanted to see his name alongside some of the great names etched on the trophy including Mike Clayton who he had played golf with recently. As a proud Victorian it had been his goal for some time and after winning the Riversdale Cup earlier this year Holman was keen to back up that win in another prestigious national event. Despite only average scores in the qualifying rounds Holman was happy with his ball striking and after attending a National Squad camp with his coaches last week he was confident that he was on the right track and results were just around the corner. The key to his matchplay wins he believes was that he did not give away many holes, making a lot of pars along the way. VICTORIAN WOMEN&aposS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP In the Women’s Championship young 18 year old Charlotte Thomas from the Singapore Island Golf Club defeated Western Australian Whitney Hillier 4 and 3. Thomas is in Australian for a few months to work with her coach and gain some International experience before heading to University in the States. Both girls halved the first 3 holes in pars, Hillier bogied the 4th hole and Thomas made birdies at the 5th and 6th holes to jump to a 3 hole lead. Despite Hillier winning the 7th with a birdie to claw one back she dropped another hole on the par 5 12th. Thomas made a magnificent eagle on the par 5, 13th to jump to 4 up before errors on the 16th and 18th from Hillier had Thomas enjoying lunch at 6 holes up. Birdies at the 21st, 24th and 28th saw Hillier drag the margin back to 3 holes with only 8 left to play but that was where the comeback finished with Thomas winning the 29th and holding her nerve to close the match out. Thomas was very happy with her win and is excited about playing more golf in Australia and in particular more of the great Melbourne Courses.