Date: September 21, 2018
Author: Christian Puccini

Tim Atze wins his fifth SA Country Championship

Tim Atze from Pinnaroo has won the 2018 Country Championship, defeating Nathan Ramsey from Maitland 4&3 in the Match Play final at South Lakes Golf Club.

Atze, who qualified 10th after rounds of 86-82 at Mount Compass and Links Lady Bay respectively, breezed through the first two match play rounds at McCracken, winning 5&3 against Christopher Mayne of Willunga, then defeating Mount Gambier’s Daryl Morgan a second year in a row, 3&2 in the Quarter Finals.

In the Semi Final at South Lakes, Atze then defeated Loxton’sAndrew Hume 3&1 to progress through to the final.

Ramsey who was top qualifier with rounds of 80 and 75 made his way through to the final defeating Wayne Collins 3&1 in round one, then Darren Bilney 4&3 in the quarter finals. In a close semi-final, Ramsey progressed through defeating Brad Altmann 1up. 

In the final at South Lakes, 35-year old Atze, battled it out with 29-year old Ramsey before proving too strong, going on to win 4&3 to be crowned Country Champion for the fifth time.

South Lakes played host to the Fourball stableford competition on the final day of Country Week, with the pairing of David Christie (Lameroo) and Peter Jones (Murray Bridge) victorious carding a solid 45 points.

Runners up in the Fourball were Terry Chant and Greg Cook (Millicent) on 41 points.

Earlier in the week on Wednesday at Victor Harbor, Daryl Morgan & Darren Bilney from Mount Gambier claimed the Country Foursomes Championship over 27 holes with a score of 110. Timothy Atze (Pinnaroo) & Jared Thoman (Murray Bridge) were runner up on 113.

B Grade – Vice Presidents Salver Winners were Brian Duldig & Alan Schultz (Millicent) 134.

On Thursday at McCracken, Greg Jones from Murray Bridge Golf Club claimed the Individual Stableford event with 37 points on countback ahead of Greg Cook from Millicent. Ken Graetz from Murray Bridge won the B Grade with 35 points.

For the championship event page for all scores – click here