Date: September 28, 2018
Author: Christian Puccini

Choi, Coleborn win SA Amateur Championship

SA Women's Amateur Championship – Final Wrap

18-year-old, Doey Choi from Concord Golf Club in NSW is the South Australian Women’s Amateur Champion defeating Kono Matsumoto from Victoria Golf Club 3&2 in the State Final played at Flagstaff Hill Golf Club.

Choi the 3rd qualifier, with rounds of 77-73 progressed through the opening round of match play after a forfeit against local Shakira-Ann Kuys 5&3.

In the quarter finals against Alizza Hetheringtion from Royal Melbourne, Choi won comfortably 4&3 and then won her place in the final by defeating Isabella Taylor 5&4 in the semis.

Matsumoto the fifth qualifier (77-79), battled her way through to the final with three close matches. In round one match play, she defeated Isabelle Simpson from Indooroopilly on the 20th, then overcame Charley Jacobs from Glenelg on the 21st before defeating top seed Maddison Hinson-Tolchard 1up in the semi.

In the final, Choi, held a 3hole lead thru 18 holes, maintained a 2 hole advantage thru 27 holes before going on to claim the championship 3&2.

“I struggled a bit out there during the strokeplay, but I got through the match play pretty easy this week, I didn’t have my a-game but I got the job done which was good.” Choi said.

 “Today I was hitting it really good, I was pretty happy with how I was striking the ball, I didn’t putt too great, but I played pretty solid out there so I pretty much just cruised for the rest of the round.”

It was 18-year old’s first visit to Flagstaff Hill Golf Club located less than 20km from Adelaide CBD.

“I found the course really hard, I found the greens pretty tricky, but otherwise it was a really nice course and I enjoyed playing it.

“I just won QLD Amateur and I won NSW Amateur in 2014 so it’s pretty cool to have three state amateurs under my belt” Choi added

SA Men's Amateur Championship – Final Wrap

Lochie Coleborn from Mt Coolum Golf Club in Queensland defeated Glenelg’s Jack Buchanan 4&3 to win the South Australian Amateur Championship played at Flagstaff Hill Golf Club.

Coleborn qualified fourth for the match play component after stroke play rounds of 75-72.

With a tough run through to the final, Coleborn first defeated billet Jack Tanner (Glenelg) 1up then ended the hopes of home course player Mark Hopf 5&3.

In the quarter and semi-finals Coleborn was pushed all the way, first defeating Lewis Schenk from Victoria GC on the 19th and then top qualifier ACT’s Josh Armstrong 2&1 to progress through to the final.

Coleborn faced Glenelg’s Jack Buchanan in the 36 hole final. After qualifying 7th with rounds of 74-74 Buchanan had some tough opponents in the match play rounds with wins over Darcy Boyd (Stonecutters Ridge) 22nd, Lawrence Curtis (Peninsula) 3&2 and then the inform Jack Thompson 7&6.

In the semi-finals, Buchanan defeated Metropolitan’s Lukas Michel 2&1 to progress through to his first state final.

In the decider, Coleborn led 1up thru 18 holes and extended his lead to three after 27. Then with a par on the 14th after a free drop, Coleborn claimed the South Australian State Championship.

“I wasn’t hitting it great so I just hung in there. The course was very tricky this week, but if you putted well you were a good chance.” The 19-year old said.

“My short game saved me a few times and I just tried to stay on top of things. I felt good, I got a couple of good wins and got to three up, so I just had to maintain that lead. I made a couple of clutch putts which helped me out.”

“My results have definitely been getting better, I had two good tournaments the past couple of weeks which led to this, so it was definitely good to get the monkey off the back.

“I am very excited and happy to get my first win”.

For all Championship results click here for the tournament event page on the Golf SA website.