Harvey claims double
Champion of Champions & District Championship
A small field of 36 golfers competed in the Golf Illawarra Champion of Champions and District Championship at Wollongong golf club on Sunday. The champion of champions sees golfers who are the club champion in A, B, C grades and juniors compete for the title to be crowned champion of champions.
The A grade section required a three-hole playoff between Ethan Harvey (Kiama) and Thomas Holz (Links Shell Cove) to decide the winner after both shot one under par 69 in the blustery conditions. Harvey claimed the title with three solid pars. Harvey’s score saw him also claim the junior title by one shot from Eddie Ward who was representing Port Kembla.
Golfers representing Gerringong golf club claimed both the B & C grade titles. Harrison Jones was a clear winner in B grade with his 85 seeing him win by five shots from Highlands golf club’s Wayne Temporali. A playoff was required in C grade between Gerringong’s Danny Wedd and The Grange’s Peter Tegart after both returned 97. Wedd was too strong in the playoff to take the title.
The district championship which was played in conjunction with the Champion of Champions saw a strong field assemble, with 9 golfers on a handicap of scratch or less. Colin Mitchell from Links Shell Cove continued his domination of events played at Wollongong with a fine round of 3 under 67 to win by one shot from Darcy Boyd. The win was Mitchell’s sixth from his past seven starts at the seaside course. Highlands golf club’s Darren Payne’s 69 nett saw him take out the nett, with The Vale’s Steven Townsend (nett 70) runner-up after a countback.
Wollongong Junior Open
A good field of 35 juniors contested the Wollongong Junior Open on Sunday. With more than half the field on single figure handicaps there were some good scores returned. Barrack Heights golfer Selena Bosevski won the girls event for the fourth consecutive year with a fine score of 79. Kiama Downs golfer Ethan Harvey took out the boy’s overall title with his one under 69 seeing him finish one clear of Oak Flats’ Eddie Ward. Noah Graham from Camden was the boy’s overall nett winner with a nett 69. The host club’s Lara Thomsen was the girl’s nett winner. The stableford was won by Wollongong’s Mimi Thomsen with an incredible 49 points. Noah Cowen (Kiama) finished runner-up on 46 points, clubmate Broc Callaghan 38 points was third and Kaden Edwards (Beverley Park) fourth on 37.
The boy’s 15 years and over scratch winner was Eddie Ward 70 and runner-up Kiama’s Will Blomley 75. Wil Daibarra (Kiama) took nett honours with nett 70 and The Vale’s Thomas Eagleton runner-up on 74. In the 14 years and under scratch Shashank Koirala (Bonnie Doon) 77 was the winner and Coopar Nianios (Wollongong) 80 was runner-up. Wollongong’s Sam Cascio was the nett winner with 72 and the Ridge’s William Kain runner-up on 73.