Four way playoff required at The Grange Open
Eighty-nine golfers endured tough conditions at the Mittagong Cup which was held on Saturday at Highlands Golf Club. Strong winds and fast greens affected the scoring, with only seven players breaking 80. The overall winner of the event was Links Shell Cove golfer Colin Mitchell with a round of 75. Lane McCarthy of Highlands Golf Club fired a 76 to take the A grade gross and Russell Vale junior Thomas Eagleton the nett with a 73. Highlands golf club took out the quinella in the B and C grade events. Peter Miller with a 90 took the gross and Pat Harding with a 73 claimed the nett, while in C grade Keith Kahn was gross winner with a 96 and Mark McMillan was the nett winner on 72.
The Grange Open
A field of 81 which included 25 golfers on handicaps of five or less contested The Grange Open on Sunday. The course proved a stern test for the players and the scores reflected this.
In the Overall Gross division, Links Shell Cove’s Colin Mitchell was looking to make it a weekend double after winning Saturday’s Mittagong Cup, however a closing quadruple bogey from Mitchell meant that a four way playoff would be needed to determine the winner. Mitchell, Darcy Boyd (Stonecutters Ridge), Dean Neill (Dunheved) and Blake Hollick (Mollymook) all finished at five over par 77. Boyd was crowned champion after the four hole playoff. The Overall Nett winner was local member Robert Kerr with a fine 69. The grade winners in the gross were: A grade - Blake Hollick (Mollymook) 77c/b, B grade - Adrian Smith 85 (Worrigee Links), C Grade - Joshua Shoveller 93 (Wollongong). The grade winners in the nett were: A grade - James Toomey 73 (Links Shell Cove), B Grade Bruce Brownlow 73 (Kiama), C Grade Tim Wakeling (The Grange) 71.
South Coast Junior Masters
Eleven junior golfers from the Illawarra made the trip to Batemans Bay for the JNJG South Coast Junior Masters. There were some outstanding performances from Illawarra Academy of Sport athletes in the 36 hole event. Kiama Golf Club’s Ethan Harvey shot rounds of 77 and 74 to finish two shots behind the winner. Harvey finished runner-up in the boy’s 16 and over nett and 3rd overall in the gross event. Shell Cove’s Bradley Wills who plays out of Concord Golf Club was the winner of the boy’s 14/15 years gross and 4th overall with scores of 79 and 74. Wollongong’s Andrew Brown who also plays out of Concord was runner-up to Wills in the boy’s 14/15 years gross and tied 8th overall with scores of 77 and 80. Sienna Clarke from Vincentia was runner-up in the girl’s 12/13 years nett with scores of 82 and 76. Best performed of those not in the academy were Bowral’s Michelle Di Natale (NSW Golf Club) who took out the runner-up spot in the girl’s 12-13 years gross with scores of 78 and 82 and Kiama’s Wil Daibarra who led the field after day one with a fine even par round 72. Daibarra faded in round two to finish tied 8th.
Illawarra Academy of Sport
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