Date: December 17, 2014

Cameron Davis & Shelly Shin Win 2014 Vic Amateur Titles

Concord’s Shelly Shin and Cameron Davis from the Monash Country Club have completed a New South Wales double in winning the respective 2014 Women’s and Men’s Victorian Amateur Championships after the 36-hole finals were played at the Victoria Golf Club on Wednesday 17 December.
Under clear blue skies but with a brisk southerly breeze making scoring difficult, 16-year-old Shin defeated Singapore’s Sock Hwee Koh 9 & 8 in a high quality display of ball striking.  Similarly in the Men’s final, long hitting National Squad member Davis produced steady play throughout the day to defeat Royal Melbourne’s Thomas Power-Horan 7 & 5.  
The morning round of the Men’s final set the platform for 19-year-old Davis’ victory. With Power-Horan struggling with his game early, Davis turned with a two-hole lead after the opening nine. After early exchanges of holes on the back nine, Davis extended his lead to three holes with a birdie at the 14th. Power-Horan responded with a great sand-save at the 16th for par and the hole after Davis three-putted.
With the standard of the match improving significantly over the closing nine, both players made par fives at the 17th before Davis struck a decisive blow at the 18th. With Power-Horan bunkered off the tee and forced to lay-up, Davis drove over the hill on the 461 metre par-five and found the green with a superb long-iron approach. While Power-Horan just missed with his attempt for a four from five metres, Davis calmly two-putted for birdie and for a three-hole lead at the halfway mark of the final.
After both players won a hole in the early part of the afternoon round, pars at the third and fourth were sufficient for Davis to increase the lead to five holes. A par by Power-Horan and the resultant win at the 398-metre fifth momentarily halted the momentum of the New South Welshman. However Davis responded with a great par save from off the green at the sixth to again restore the five-hole advantage.
A birdie at the eighth increased Davis’s lead to six holes and despite some indifferent play around the turn including a par saving five metre putt at the 10th after driving within 20 metres of the green, he steadied with par golf on the remaining holes to seal the Men’s final. The quality of his iron play in particular from the latter part of the morning round was especially impressive.
The Women’s final saw Shin off to a fast start taking the first and second with birdies and the third with a par to establish a three-hole lead. Koh responded with a birdie two to win the 119-metre fourth; the sixth with a bogey after Shin found trouble and levelled proceedings with a par at the seventh.
Shin regained the advantage by taking the eighth with a par before opening up a decisive break on the back nine winning the 14th with a birdie and being conceded the 15th after Koh missed the green to the left with her approach and couldn’t recover. A further birdie at the 18th after reaching the green at the par five in two shots, saw the No.1 ranked women’s amateur in Australia go to lunch with a four-hole advantage.
Shin quickly took complete control of the final during the early stages of the afternoon. The teenager was two-under through the opening six holes to extend the lead to 8 holes, before Koh won the seventh with a par. However consecutive par fives by Shin at the eighth and ninth to bogeys from Koh extended the margin to nine holes and when Koh missed a six metre birdie attempt at the 10th, Shin two-putted for a matching par and the Women’s title.
Both players were thrilled with their respective victories with Davis commenting after the presentation, “Winning the Victorian Amateur is massive. Right up there at the top of list.” Shin enthused, “It feels really good to have won, especially after playing a lot of golf this week. This event is pretty special.” 
The Victorian Men’s & Women’s Amateur Championships are the most prestigious amateur events on the Golf Victoria’s calendar. First played in 1894 (Women) & 1899 (Men), both Championships are well over a century old.
The Men’s event has now produced 67 separate winners including players such as Ivo Whitton, Harry Williams, five time British Open Champion Peter Thomson; Australia’s first British Amateur Champion Doug Bachli; founder of the Cobra Golf Company Tom Crow and noted professionals Mike Clayton Robert Allenby Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley and Marcus Fraser.
The women’s event boast winners such as Mona MacLeod, Susie & Shirley Tolhurst, Burtta Cheney, Margaret Masters, Sandra McCaw, Lindy Goggin, Jane Lock, Louise Briers, Jane Crafter, Stacey Keating and more recently Su-Hyun Oh. 

The Victorian Amateur qualifying rounds have been held as part of the Port Phillip Amateur since 2008 for men and 2012 for women while this is the fourth year that the Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur match play rounds have been contested concurrently.

Golf Victoria extends sincere thanks to Kingston Heath and Commonwealth for hosting the 2014 Port Phillip Amateur and to Victoria Golf Club for staging the match play rounds of the 2014 Victorian Amateur. All courses were presented in superb condition with all players and officials greatly appreciating the commitment which all three clubs afforded to the respective Championships.

Click here for other information and results for the 2014 Victorian Amateur.