Geraldine O’Callaghan has won the Joan Fisher Plate today at the Metropolitan Golf Club. The Southern member had an outstanding round of one under par 71 this afternoon to win by 6 shots from Cranbourne member Ashleigh Hall.
O’Callaghan’s stellar round included solid birdies on holes 3, 8, 10 and 14 on the extended green course at Metropolitan. She was thrilled with the result as it was the first time she has shot under par outside her home course. Hall claimed the best nett trophy with solid rounds of nett 72 and 70 for a two round total of 142. As a player can only win a maximum of one trophy in the Joan Fisher Plate, the gross and nett runner-up prizes went to Jessica Pickwick of Kilmore and Metropolitan’s India Matthews respectively.
The Joan Fisher Plate was first played in 1989 and was initiated by Val Maine, the Metropolitan GC women’s captain (1986-88), in honour of Mrs Joan Fisher. Maine was the guest of honour at presentations and gave the audience a personal insight into her experience as a member alongside Fisher at Metropolitan.
Joan Fisher joined the club in 1939 and was one of Australia’s prominent female golfers. Her career featured an astonishing seven Victorian Championship titles and three Australian Championship titles, as well as representing her club, state and country on multiple occasions. The event was created by Maine for female golfers to put their game to a test over 36-holes in one day and provide a learning opportunity for players on a championship layout.
The Victorian Champions of Champions Trophy was first contested in 1929 and was won three years in a row by Susie Tolhurst. The event invites club, district and state champions to come together and compete for the coveted title. In previous years, the structure was 36-hole stroke play followed by match-play. The leading qualifier after 36-holes was awarded the Joan Fisher Plate perpetual trophy, so it is fitting that 2016 sees an innovation of the event played in conjunction with Metropolitan’s Joan Fisher Plate.
Cranbourne club champion Ashleigh Hall came in with the best nett round of the morning in the Champions field. The 6 marker had a nett 72 to etch her name into the Gwenda Anderson perpetual trophy and was co-leader for the gross title with Kilmore club champion Jessica Pickwick in the morning after recording a score of 78 off the stick. Hall improved by two strokes this afternoon to shoot 76 and fend off defending champion Pickwick by a mere shot.
Golf Victoria is greatly appreciative to the Metropolitan Golf Club for their support of the championship. 63 players competed in the event this year and it is anticipated this event will reach full capacity in 2017.
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