The Ivo Whitton Trophy is named after the great Victorian amateur, Ivo Whitton who won 5 Australian Open Championships (1912, 1913, 1926, 1929 and 1931); 2 Australian Amateur Championships (1922 and 1923) and 5 Victorian Amateur Championships (1919, 1920, 1922, 1923 and 1924).
The VGA introduced the Ivo Whitton Trophy in 1960 for the lowest average stroke score in designated tournaments held each year. The inaugural winner was Kevin Hartley with an average of 72.72 from 32 rounds. Hartley went on to take the trophy 12 times out of the first 18 years of the competition.
The trophy has lived up to all expectations with the honour roll reflecting a who’s who of Victorian Golf including Michael Clayton (1978 and 1980); Peter Sweeney (1981); John Lindsay (1984); Brad Hughes (1987); Robert Allenby (1990 and 1991); Stephen Allan (1994); Geoff Ogilvy (1995 and 1997), Marcus Fraser (1999) and Ashley Hall (2005).
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2018 Ivo Whitton Rankings – (Final Results)
Kyle Michel (Shepparton) and Jessica Pickwick (Kilmore) have taken out the 2018 Ivo Whitton and Susie Tolhurst championships respectively.
The rankings are decided by an average score from the best 18 rounds for the, men and 12 for the women throughout the 2018 calendar of events.
Michel played 20 rounds throughout the year and finished with an average of 69.39, narrowly defeating 2018 Victorian Amateur champion Andre Lautee (Kingston Heath) who finished the year on 69.72.
Victoria’s Konrad Ciupek finished in third with an average of 70.17 throughout 2018.
This year was the fourth straight title for Michel who had a great year culminating in a runner-up finish in the Victorian Amateur.
Pickwick playing 19 rounds throughout the year, was also a narrow victor as she finished on 71.00 to defeat Steffanie Vogel (Cobram-Barooga) on 71.08.
Third place went to Alizza Hetherington (Royal Melbourne) with an average of 71.75.
Pickwick’s year was highlighted by wins at the Sorrento Open, Westcoast Open Amateur and being crowned the 2018 Victorian Women’s Champion of Champions.