Date: April 03, 2011

Moules and King take SA Amateur titles

2011 SA Men&aposs & Women&aposs Amateur Champions – Brad Moules & Sarah King Brad Moules and Sarah King have won the 2011 SA Men&aposs & Women&aposs Amateur Championships after an exciting day&aposs golf at Glenelg Golf Club. The men&aposs final proved to be a tense affair, with the match going all the way to the 36th hole with Brad Moules winning 1 up over Chris Austin. In the Women&aposs final, the experience of Sarah King came to the fore as she held off a plucky challenge from local teenager Jenny Lee, winning the match 8 & 6. The Men&aposs Amateur final was always predicted to be a tight contest and little separated state representatives Moules and Austin following the mornings first 18 holes, with Moules going to the break holding a one shot lead. The afternoon session looked like it was going to belong to Moules, who extended his lead to 5 holes through the afternoon&aposs front nine. There was plenty of drama to follow however, as Austin quietly went about winning four of the next five holes to shave his opponents lead to a single hole on the 32nd. From there the context seesawed, with Moules winning the 33rd only to surrender his 2-hole advantage back to one after missing a short par putt on the 16th. With the 17th halved in 4s, both players adopted a conservative approach up the par five 18th, where Austin was unfortunate to put his chip shot through the green and allow Moules the luxury of having two putts for the halved hole and to take the match 1 up. In the Women&aposs final, Sarah King got off to a flying start with a birdie at the first, and further asserted her dominance over Jenny Lee through the morning&aposs 18 holes in going to the break 6-up. While Lee played some competitive golf in the afternoon session, at one stage winning back two consecutive holes and being extremely unlucky to see a putt lip out on the next, the task was also going to be tough against the experienced King who displayed a sure touch on and around the greens. She closed out the match with a solid par in the par-512th hole to take the contest 8 & 6. It was to prove a fine maiden victory for King, who had lost two previous Amateur finals to Stephanie Na and Ebony Heard, Today&aposs final of the Women&aposs Bronze Cup also proved to be a competitive affair, with Jillian Gehling defeated her fellow Glenelg member Cheryl Franzi 5 & 4. Men&aposs Championship Final Brad Moules (Royal Adelaide) def Chris Austin (Tea Tree Gully) 1 Up Women&aposs Championship Final Sarah King (Royal Adelaide) def Jenny Lee (Glenelg) 8&6 Women&aposs B-Grade Cup Final Jillian Gehling (Glenelg) def Cheryl Franzi (Glenelg) 5 & 4 For all results from the 2011 SA Amateur Championships, click here for the tournament event page.