Date: March 18, 2016
Author: Golf Victoria

Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship finals preview

Next week Victoria’s largest annual amateur tournament will come to a close when the Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship finals commence.

2016 saw the highest participation on record with 1,962 participants competing across 23 qualifying venues (15 country and 8 city venues).

The top placing pairs at each venue have qualified for the final which will be contested across two days. The first round will take place on Monday 21 at Sorrento GC with the final round being contested the following day at The National GC (Cape Schanck).

The finals will consist of 21 women’s pairs, 27 mixed pairs and 52 men’s pairs including the defending men’s champions Ricky Aow and Allan Quek.

A high level of competition is expected with the 2016 Victorian Mazda Four-Ball qualifying rounds producing some impressive results.

The leading qualifying pair in the men’s division are Neil Parker and Matthew Sposato (Melton Valley GC) who scored a blistering 54 points at Ballarat GC. The top qualifiers in the women’s section are Alex Evered and Chris Schussler (Trentham GC) who qualified with 50 points at their home club Trentham GC. While Jamie and Jackie Glazier (Settlers Run GC) will be a duo to watch in the mixed category after also returning 50 points at Portsea GC. 

Golf Victoria CEO Simon Brookhouse is eager for the finals to get underway.

“The Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship is Victoria’s largest amateur golf event. The tournament gives club golfers the opportunity to play a different format to most club competitions and compete on some fantastic golf courses around Victoria. We hope all players have enjoyed the qualifying rounds and look forward to watching the top performing pairs in the finals.”

Throughout the qualifying rounds, participants have had the chance to win an all-new Mazda2 Sedan by scoring a hole-in-one on the designated par-3 at each venue. Two cars were won during the 2015 tournament however no one has been able to ace the designated par-3 so far in 2016. The finals will give the best of the competitors one more opportunity to drive home in an all-new Mazda2 Sedan.

Golf Victoria would like to thank the Mazda Victorian Division and the participating Victorian dealers for their on-going support of the tournament.

“It’s fantastic to have Mazda behind this event and we believe their support really elevates the tournament,” said Brookhouse.

“It’s exciting that participants have the chance to win a brand new Mazda2 Sedan at each venue. While we haven’t seen anyone ace the designated par-3 yet, we saw two cars go off last year and it would be an incredible story line to see a hole-in-one during the finals next week.”

For the draw and information on the 2016 Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship finals, please click here.