Local members Ross Mackay and Jenny Stephenson have won the respective men’s and women’s titles at the inaugural Broken Hill Open Amateur which concluded today (Saturday 22 October) at the magnificent Broken Hill Golf and Country Club.
While blue sky and bright sunshine greeted players for day two, the gale-force southerly winds again created extremely difficult scoring conditions for the 60 players which took to the outback golfing gem.
Deputy Principal at the Willyama High School in Broken Hill, Mackay won the men’s title with a closing round of 76 for a 36-hole total of 153 with Queensland’s Peter Hannah four strokes behind on 157 after a second round of 81. Alexandra’s Peter Phillips finished in third position with a final day 80 for a total of 158.
The handicap section honours also went to Broken Hill local Ernie Wheeler, with a nett (handicap reduced) total of 141 from a handicap of 19 including a closing round of 73. Wheeler survived a final round challenge from club-mate Danny O’Connor who also closed with a nett 73 from a handicap of 13 for a total of 143.
Just seven nett scores of par or better were returned by both the men’s and women’s fields over the two days, highlighting the scoring difficulty created by the southerly winds.
The women’s championship was taken out by Broken Hill’s Jenny Stephenson who improved on her opening round of 81 with a second day 79 for a two-round total of 160. Stephenson won by 14-strokes from newly crowned 2016 Victorian Senior Women’s Champion, Judy Kruger on 174 after a closing 87.
Women’s handicap section honours saw a Yarrawonga quinella with Sharyn Wilson taking the winner’s trophy with a 36-hole tally of 154 from a handicap of 22, including a final day 154. With a two-round total of 156, Anna Castles was runner-up on a countback from Judy Scarrott of Curlewis.
Following the staging of the Victorian Men’s and Women’s Senior Amateur Championships earlier in the week at Mildura, a number of players took the opportunity to travel to this iconic Australian outback town and experience the superbly presented Broken Hill layout which only became a santa-anna grass fairway and grass green course in the mid-1990’s.
Golf Victoria is extremely appreciative to Broken Hill course owners Tony and Joseph Carrazza, General Manager Glenn Williams, Broken Hill members and the clubhouse and course staff for supporting the event and doing everything possible to make the inaugural Championship a wonderful experience, especially for the visiting players.
The first of many Broken Hill Open Amateurs to come, Golf Victoria will work with course management to set aside a weekend in October 2017 for the 2nd edition of the Championship.
With a golf course of exceptional quality, including the subtle routing of holes in a multitude of directions; the spectacular backdrop of red earth foothills and an abundance of native wildlife including emus and kangaroos wandering freely around the property, Broken Hill Golf and Country Club offers a truly special golf adventure.
Click here for final results & photos from the 2016 Broken Hill Open Amateur.