Date: March 14, 2018
Author: Golf Victoria

Forsyth Too Strong at Heart Open

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Kenneth Forsyth from Yarrawonga Mulwala took advantage of the perfect Autumn weather and amassed an impressive 41 points to top the field and be crowned the GV Heart Open’s overall winner for 2018.

The unique stableford event is open to all men and women in Australia, both professionals and amateurs, who have undergone a heart procedure.

Forsyth, playing off a handicap of 32, logged 20 points on the front 9 holes at Woodlands, closing out his round with 21 points on the back as he cruised his way to victory.

The Don Lawrence Trophy –  introduced in 2015 and contested by those in the field who have previously undergone open heart surgery – was also claimed by Forsyth.

Howlong Country Club’s Bill Riddle took out runner up in men’s B Grade behind Forsyth, 39 points from a 22 handicap included a birdie and 4 pars.  

Men’s A Grade top honours was taken out by Devilbend’s Raymond Rich with 40 points, also taking home the Don Lawrence Runner-Up title.

The 17 handicapper recorded an even 20 points on each side of the course, a wipe on the 12th hole of the Sandbelt layout had the potential to change the overall results for the day.

Les Reedman (Berwick Montuna) was the runner up in Men’s B Grade with 38 points, another fantastic score to round out the men’s prize winners.

Meanwhile, Barwon Valley’s Kathleen Carroll’s great 33 points off a handicap of 38 saw her earn the title of the leading lady in Tuesday’s field.

16 points for the back 9 allowed Carroll to edge out eventual runner-up Portarlington’s Megan Siotos who managed two less points on a countback.

The event was founded in 1989 by Commonwealth Golf Club’s Con Davie and Victoria Golf Club member Don Lawrence.

The GV Heart Open will return in 2019 at the Huntingdale Golf Club.

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