Date: March 11, 2016
Author: Tom Fee, GolfWA

Co-workers deliver WA Amateur upsets

Haydn Barron and Claudia Pisano have more in common than just their workplace, with the WAGC pro-shop staff members taking down the No. 1 seeds today at Cottesloe Golf Club.

Haydn Barron joked post-round that his boss Vernon Sexton-Finck put something in the water at WA Golf Club, as both Barron and Pisano prevailed for wins in extra holes over medalists Ben Ferguson and Kathryn Norris.

But Barron wasn't feeling too elated after his win, which came at the expense of one of his best friends.

"It was a tough match against Ben today," said Barron.

"Being really good mates I'm not sure if either of us really really wanted to win — but one of us had to so it was a good finish for me.

"Ben and I have played heaps together so we've both beaten each other quite a few times, but obviously I've got a really good chance going into the top 8 now so hopefully I can just keep playing well."

By comparison Pisano was elated after getting through two tough matches today.

"I feel fantastic, I did not expect to win today," said Pisano.

"In the last four years at the State Am I haven't gotten past the Friday morning, so my goal was just to get to the afternoon, I definitely didn't expect to win both matches."

Pisano's victory came from a 12 foot birdie putt while Norris narrowly missed hers from just inside 10.

"There was a lot of pressure going up the first (19th) hole," said Pisano.

"I knew that I had to make birdie because her skills…her shortgame is just fantastic compared to mine — I'm not saying I'm bad or anything but I was expecting a birdie from Kathryn so I knew I had to give it my all."

Ferguson and Norris weren't the only top seeds to suffer during the day's play, with defending champion and number 2 seed Min Woo Lee knocked out by Cottesloe's Paul Patterson in the Round of 16.

2015 finalist and number 8 seed Kiran Day fell in the Round of 32, also on the 18th hole, as Gareth Spooner had a day out defeating Day and then the highly rated Jose De Soua in the afternoon.

The men will contest another two rounds tomorrow with the quarter finals commencing in the morning. Nick Curnow (3) is the highest of the men’s seeds remaining, and will face Victoria’s Jack Murdoch (27).

In the remaining quarter finals, Fred Lee (3) will play Alex Allcock (21), Paul Patterson (15) will play Cooper Geddes (10) and Haydn Barron (15) will play Gareth Spooner (25).

Pisano is one of two Mount Lawley members in the women't semi finals, with Alysha Ahnantakrishnan qualifying through her win 6&4 against Maddison Hinson-Tolchard. Pisano will face Ebony Heard (4) of Goldfields Golf Club in tomorrow’s first Women’s Semi Final while Jess Whitting (2) of Royal Fremantle and Ahnantakrishnan will clash in the second semi.