Date: October 29, 2018
Author: Christian Puccini

Kooyonga members off to PLAY 9 at the Australian Open

Four members from the Kooyonga golf club have won an all-expenses paid trip to Play 9 at the 2018 Australian Open National Final, with a combined score of 100 stableford points.

The prize is part of a national commitment to promote nine-hole golf and to incentivize clubs to stage nine-hole competitions.

For the second successive year, Golf Australia will bring together 28 lucky golfers from around the country (4 from each state) – to play 9 holes (after the completion of the 3rd round) at The Men’s Australian Open, at the Lakes Golf Club.

To find the qualifiers, scores from 9-hole competitions played at a Club between 1st June until 21st October and processed through Golf Link were eligible,

Rather than have individual winners, the SA team decided that the 4 winners should come from the same club.

The club whose (best two male and best 2 female stableford scores) at the end of the period, added up to the highest total – were the winners.

The players from Kooyonga who posted the scores to total 100 stableford points were:

  • Jaime Hards (handicap of 22.5) – 27points
  • Julie Thompson (handicap of 31.2) – 23 points
  • Hayden Howard (handicap of 27.8) – 26 points
  • Richard McGovern (handicap 19.8)- 24 points

Minor placegetters:

  • Runner up with 96 stableford points – Playford Lakes Golf Club
  • Third with 95 stableford points – The Grange Golf Club
  • Fourth with 94 stableford points – Mount Osmond Golf Club
  • Fifth with 92 stableford points – Westward Ho Golf Club

And in a once in a lifetime opportunity the best individual male and female stableford scores of the 28 players at the national final will fly to Northern Ireland next July, to compete in the R&A's nine-hole championship final at Royal Portrush – the venue for the 148th Open – the day before championship week begins.

Congratulations to the players from Kooyonga and best of luck in the national final.