Date: April 06, 2014
Author: Christian Puccini / Golf SA

Hayley Bettencourt cruises to victory in Rene Erichsen

Hayley Bettencourt – Rene Erichsen Salver Champion with rounds of 77-74-72-73 (8-over) at Glenelg GC – Adelaide World number 125, Hayley Bettencourt from Mandurah Golf Club in WA has cruised to victory in the Rene Erichsen Salver held at the Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide finishing at 8-over for the tournament. After trailing Hannah Green from Mt Lawley Golf Club, by seven strokes after round one, Bettencourt made her charge in round two, moving to joint equal leader after 36 holes with a round of 74. In the first round, I didn t have a swing, I was struggling with the feel and the only thing that was working was my putter. I said to myself just don t have a blowout, so I was relatively happy to finish at 5-over. Bettencourt said. After three rounds, the Western Australian held a 6 stroke buffer from her nearest opponent Jo Charlton from Metropolitan and was 8 ahead of both Elizabeth Elmassian (NSW) and Kono Matsumoto (VIC). In rounds two and three, I had a few things on my mind that I wanted to work on and in the end my short game was on fire really . Bettencourt said after posting rounds of 74-72. Going into the final round, Bettencourt was never going to be complacent. I wasn t overly confident as I ve been shaky in the last round in the past few tournaments, but I ve worked on a few things at a recent WA Camp and with my coach Richie Smith . Bettencourt said. Bettencourt retained her lead throughout the final round and with three birdies on the front nine, was 6 ahead of her nearest rival Charlton through 12 holes. Despite bogeys on 14, 15 and 17, Bettencourt held a six stroke lead down the last and finished in fine style with a birdie on the 467metre par 5 final hole to claim her second big win of the year, after taking honors at the WA Amateur mid-March. Around this course you definitely have to play smart. Towards the end I just wanted to chill out, have fun and let it go and not worry about what was happening. My course management and short game, chipping and putting basically got me over the line this week said Bettencourt. I ve become a lot smarter, I m not the longest hitter, but have developed a very good short game. I just play to the centre of the green and then I m confident with the putter. Three out of the current top five women players and two out the top four men Amateurs, are from WA. There s a real positive vibe coming out of WA at the moment and we re all feeding off each other. I m really looking forward to the Interstate Series, then I m off to the US for a few big tournaments . Bettencourt added. Finishing runner up in the Rene Erichsen was Jo Charlton at (15-over) after posting rounds75-77-77-74 (303). A further stroke back in third was Elizabeth Elmassian, 79-83-69-73 (304). Jenny Lee was the best placed South Australian finishing in 8th position with rounds of 80-76-79-78 (25-over). FINAL LEADERBOARD > Women&aposs – Rene Erichsen Salver __________ Women’s – Round 3 Summary After 54 holes of the Rene Erichsen Salver – Hayley Bettencourt from WA leads at 7-over after an even par round of 72. Bettencourt leads Jo Charlton from VIC by 6 strokes. __________ Women’s – Round 2 Summary Hannah Green from Mt Lawley Golf Club has been joined by fellow Western Australian Hayley Bettencourt from Mandurah GC at the top of the leaderboard of the Rene Erichsen Salver after two rounds. Green had an indifferent day, recording a 9-over round of 81, whereas Bettencourt fired a 2-over 74 in a day that no player broke par. Bettencourt ranked 5 nationally and having already tasted success this year at the WA Amateur, recorded 2 birdies for the day to move into contention. Jo Charlton from Metropolitan Golf Club (VIC) sits in third position courtesy of a 77 and Rebecca Kay from Coolangata Tweet Heads (QLD) is one further back at 9-over after a round of 78. Glenelg s Jenny Lee is the leading South Australian after rounds of 80, 76 (156) to sit in a tie for 6th position, 5 off the lead. With the cut at 171 after 36 holes, 22 players (8 South Australian s) make it through to the weekends rounds. In Round 3 on Saturday 4 April, the leading women’s group tees off 9.32am. __________ Women’s – Round 1 Summary Hannah Green from Mt Lawley Golf Club in WA leads the Rene Erichsen Salver after round 1, after firing a 2-under par round of 70. In slightly breezy conditions, Green carded 5 birdies, 3 on the front nine and 2 on the back. Her round also included 3 bogeys on holes 11, 14 and 15. Green leads Rebecca Kay from Coolangata Tweet Heads (QLD) and Jo Charlton from Metropolitan Golf Club (VIC) by 5 strokes after both players shot 3-over rounds of 75. 17-year-old Green, a member of the Golf Australia National Junior Squad is ranked fourth nationally and 66 in the world. Cassidy Evreniadis from The Grange Golf Club is the leading SA player tied for 7th position after a 7-over round of 79. In Round 2 on Friday 4 April, the first women’s group tees off 12.56pm.