In windy and overcast conditions, six men and four women have progressed to the Victorian Play 9 Final after qualifying at Metropolitan Golf Club on Wednesday 11 October.
Ann Glynn from Huntingdale with 18 points from a handicap of 25 won the women’s section on a countback from Keysborough’s Kathy Naoumidis while Riverview’s Rodney Third with a handicap of 18 took out the men’s section with a tally of 16 points.
From the 31 players who braved the difficult scoring conditions around the iconic Melbourne Sandbelt venue, the qualifying players were as follows:
- • Rodney Third (Riverview) – 16pts
- • John Anderson (Lonsdale) – 15pts
- • Tim Clarke (Lonsdale) – 15pts
- • Harrison Weaver (Medway) – 15pts
- • Matthew Roberts (The Heritage) – 14pts (countback)
- • Robert Edos (Glen Waverley) – 14pts (countback)
- • Ann Glynn (Huntingdale) – 18pts
- • Kathy Naoumidis (Keysborough) – 18pts
- • Philomena Power (Lakeside) – 15pts
- • Jane Neale (Eastern) – 14pts
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The Metropolitan qualifying round was part of the trial Victorian Play 9 Series being conducted throughout Victoria during October as part of National Golf Month.
Played as a 9-hole individual stableford competition with both a men’s and women’s section, the Series comprises two stages:
Qualifying Rounds – multiple qualifying rounds in Melbourne and country Victoria from early October with the leading men and women from each round progressing to the Victorian Play 9 Final;
Generally played in the late afternoon from the start of daylight savings, the full listing of qualifying rounds can be accessed on the Golf Victoria Website via the following link:
Victorian Play 9 Final – will be held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club (West Course) on Sunday 5 November for 100 men and women progressing from the qualifying rounds.
The Victorian Play 9 Series is linked to an equivalent initiative by Golf Australia with the introduction of the inaugural Australian Play 9 event during the 2017 Emirates Men’s Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club on Saturday 25 November.
The two leading men and two leading women from the Victorian Final will progress to the Australian Play 9 event and receive the following:
- • Entry into the 2017 Emirates Australian Open Play 9 National Final;
- • A weekend pass for the 2017 Emirates Men’s Australian Open as guests of Golf Australia;
- • Return economy air travel to Sydney from the nearest major city;
- • Two nights’ accommodation (Friday and Saturday nights), transfers and all meals in Sydney;
- • Attendance at the Play 9 presentation cocktail party;
- • Tickets to the Emirates Australian Open champion’s cocktail party on Sunday evening;
- • A player gift pack.
Encouraged by the R&A’s 9-hole events conducted as part of the 2016 and 2017 Open Championships to promote 9-hole golf as a legitimate and enjoyable playing option, in conjunction with state and territory golf associations, Golf Australia is staging this event to be played over the back nine at The Australian Golf Club with approximately 28 players from each state and territory competing at the conclusion of the third round of the 2017 Emirates Men’s Australian Open.
The primary objectives for introducing Play 9 events at both State and National level are:
– Demonstrate that golfers of all abilities and ages can have great golf experiences in a short amount of time – golf can be time-effective, fast and fun;
– Demonstrate that golf can flexible from a format perspective and fit into busy lives;
– Showcase the golf opportunity to make the most of late afternoons/evenings in daylight saving periods;
– Showcase the fact that nine-hole golf is legitimate for handicapping purposes;
– Highlight the importance of / opportunity provided by shorter forms of the game for the long-term health of our sport – in particular the need for many clubs and facilities to offer nine-hole opportunities to members and visitors alike;
There are a number of qualifying rounds remaining to be played and interested players with GA Handicaps may directly enter the Championship online via the GV Website at www.golfvic.org.au Players may participate in as many qualifying rounds as they desire with the entry fee established at $35 per metropolitan qualifying round and $25 per country Victorian qualifying round. No additional entry fees are applicable for players to progress through the various stages of the event.
Golf Victoria expresses its sincere appreciation to the Royal Melbourne Golf Club and the many clubs hosting the qualifying rounds of this pilot 2017 event to promote this golf option.