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The Victorian Men’s & Women’s Amateur Championships are the most prestigious amateur events on the Golf Victoria’s calendar. First played in 1894 (Women) & 1899 (Men), both Championships are well over a century old.
The Championships are played in two stages. First Stage consists of 72 holes stroke play which is played in conjunction with the Port Phillip Open Amateur. The top 32 men and 16 women will then advance to the match-play knockout component (Second Stage).
The Victorian Amateur qualifying rounds have been held as part of the Port Phillip Amateur since 2008 for men and 2012 for women while this is the fifth year that the Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur match play rounds have been contested concurrently.
Victorian Men's Amateur Championship
The 2018 Championship represents 118 years since the inaugural title and is the 108th time the event has been contested.
The Men’s event has now produced 68 separate winners including players such as Ivo Whitton, Harry Williams, five time British Open Champion Peter Thomson; Australia’s first British Amateur Champion Doug Bachli; founder of the Cobra Golf Company Tom Crow and noted professionals Mike Clayton, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley and Marcus Fraser.
Victorian Women’s Amateur Championship
The first event, played in 1894, was won by Eveline McKenzie. Eveline was also the state champion in 1895, 1896 and 1898. In its formative years, this Championship also carried with it the Championship of Australia. But on the formation of the Australian Golf Union, the two events became separate.
The women’s event boast winners such as Mona MacLeod, Susie & Shirley Tolhurst, Burtta Cheney, Margaret Masters, Sandra McCaw, Lindy Goggin, Jane Lock, Louise Briers, Jane Crafter, Stacey Keating and more recently Su-Hyun Oh.
Eligibility: Top 32 Men & 16 Women from the 2018 Port Phillip Open Amateur
The 2018 Victorian Men's and Women's Amateur Championships will be played from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 December at Huntingdale Golf Club.
News & Results
Tuesday 12 December
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Commonwealth’s Zach Murray will meet David Micheluzzi from Cranbourne while Victoria’s Stephanie Bunque and Grace Kim from New South Wales will face off in the respective Men’s & Women’s Victorian Amateur Finals to be played at the Commonwealth Golf Club on Wednesday 13 December over 36-holes.
In ideal early Summer conditions with blue skies, warm sunshine and little breeze to speak of on the beautifully presented Commonwealth layout, players enjoyed the pure challenge of the quarter and semi-finals of Victorian golf’s most prestigious amateur titles.
After narrowly accounting for number one seed & newly crowned Men’s Port Phillip Champion Lukas Michel from Metropolitan in their morning quarter final match on the final hole, 2013 Victorian Men’s Amateur Champion Murray powered through his afternoon semi-final match against Kyle Michel. After a bogey on the first to go 1 down, Murray eagled and 2nd and birdied the 3rd to take the lead back in the much anticipated match up. Birdies on 6,8 and 9 to Murray saw him four up at the turn. Not looking like slowing down, Murray won 10 and 12 to finish his match 6/5.
In the second semi-final, Cranbourne’s David Micheluzzi outlasted Andre Lautee (Kingston Heath) in a tough fought battle. The match was evenly poised after 7 holes with both players struggling to gain the upper hand on their opponent. A bogey from Lautee on 8 followed by an impressive birdie on 9 for Micheluzzi saw the momentum swing in favour of the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) squad member. Micheluzzi finished with three consecutive birdies to win 3/2 and set up an all Victorian final tomorrow morning.
Number 1 seed Stephanie Bunque (Victoria) continued her dominate two weeks with another extraordinary performance in the afternoon. Starting with three straight birdies saw Bunque 2up through three holes and with the early momentum on her side. With her length of the tee becoming a factor, Bunque birdied 6 after putting herself to extend the lead to three. Park continued to play great Golf herself but could not match the Port Phillip champion as her approach from 160m on 11 finished within a metre for yet another birdie. The 15th saw the close of the match as Bunque birdied to win her match 4/3 and book herself in the final.
Bunque will play Grace Kim (Avondale) who accounted for fellow New South Wales player Hannah Park. An eagle on the 2nd gave Park an early advantage, but Kim quickly fought back with a birdie on the 4th. Each player was unable to gain a significant advantage as the game never got more than two shots either way. A birdie from Kim on 13 got the game back to all square. Moving on to the 16th all square, Kim would win the next two holes after Park found trouble on both 16 and 17. The 2/1 victory sees Kim advance to the final
The stage is now set for two thrilling 36-hole finals, with both Murray & Micheluzzi looking to build on their impressive amateur records. Bunque will be looking to go one better than her runner-up performance to Western Australian Hannah Green in the 2015 Women’s Final while Grace Kim’s appearance continues the strong recent history of New South Wales women in the event, highlighted by Concord’s Shelly Shin’s victory in 2014.
The 2017 Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur Championship finals will commence at 7.30am (Women) and 7.40am (Men) on Wednesday 13 December at Commonwealth. The afternoon rounds are scheduled from 12:30pm.
Monday 11 December
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The 2017 Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur Championships have reached the quarter-final stage after the opening rounds of matches were played at the Commonwealth Golf Club on Monday 11 December.
On a beautiful fine and sunny day with a gentle southerly wind, players enjoyed ideal scoring conditions in the quest for the coveted Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur titles, both of which date back over 100 years.
The respective men’s and women’s leading qualifiers survived the opening rounds to progress to the quarter final stage. Women’s No. 1 Stephanie Bunque from Victoria progressed to the quarter finals after fighting back from a one-hole deficit after 10 holes to win two and one over Yarra Yarra’s Shanaiah Ferando. Men’s number one seed Lukas Michel (Metropolitan) defeated New South Wales’ Luke Park three and two in the first round, before winning by the same margin in his afternoon match with Tasmanian Ryan Thomas.
20-year-old Bunque, runner-up in this event to Western Australian Hannah Green in 2015, will now meet Kilmore’s Jessica Pickwick in the quarter-finals after the Victorian Women’s Par 3 Champion accounted for Cobram-Barooga Steffanie Vogel on the final hole of their round one clash. Other first round results saw most leading qualifiers safely progress including New South Wales duo Grace Kim and Hannah Park, Sanctuary Cove’s Gayeon Park and Commonwealth’s Alex Hilliard.
With 32 players qualifying through from the Men’s Port Phillip Amateur, the Men’s Championship saw two rounds played on the opening day with Victorian State Player and No. 2 qualifier David Micheluzzi also safely progressing. The Metropolitan member defeated Commonwealth’s Hamish Huffadine two and one in the morning before outlasting last year’s Men’s Victorian Amateur runner-up, John Lyras at the 18th in the round of 16.
Micheluzzi will now meet Woodlands’ Jack Deftereos-Brennan in the quarter-finals after the latter survived a sudden-death afternoon clash with fellow clubmate Bailey Watson at the 19th. Deftereous-Brennan had earlier prevailed at the 18th against Kingston Heath’s George Worrall in the morning round. A major casualty in the men’s competition on the first day was No. 3 qualifier Billy Cawthorne from Royal Adelaide who went down to Watson three and two.
In other results, current Men’s Australian Amateur Champion Matias Sanchez, 2013 Men’s Victorian Amateur Champion Zach Murray, Victorian State Team Member Kyle Michel and Kingston Heath’s Andre Lautee all progressed to the quarter-final stage. Lautee survived the day’s longest match winning his afternoon round of 16 match against Peninsula-Kingswood’s Lawrence Curtis at the 21st.
The Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur Quarter-Finals will be played over 18-holes at Commonwealth commencing at 7.30am on Tuesday 12 December. The semi-finals will then be played over 18-holes in the afternoon from 12 noon.
The 2017 Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur Championship then culminates with the 36-hole finals on Wednesday 13 December at Commonwealth. The morning rounds will commence at 7.30am with the afternoon rounds scheduled for 12:30pm.
To view full results & round of eight draw, click here.