SA seniors amateur golfers play at Naracoorte

Naracoorte Golf Club received high praise for its staging of the 2019 South Australian Men's and Women's Seniors Amateur championship played over three days and 54 holes.

Seventy-six players with friends and caddies from 35 golf clubs around Australia were tested on one of Australia's best country golf courses.

High praise was the order of the week in particular the course condition and presentation.

Players paid tribute to NGC course superintendent Tim Shortt with comments that the greens were as good as greens at the high profile golf clubs in Australia. The combination of the course, club catering for breakfast and lunch daily and the traditional country hospitality proved to be a winning formula.

Two of Australia's most decorated senior golfers were expected to win the championship trophy. Reigning champion Greg Rhodes (Coomealla Golf Club) returned to defend the title he won enroute to his fourth consecutive Australian Senior Order of Merit crown last year.

Helen Pascoe (Buninyong Golf Club) played Naracoorte for the first time with a goal of winning her first National Women's Order of Merit Title.

Playing off a handicap of minus one Rhodes showed his class in the first round with a one under par of 71. He continued his form in the second round with a one over par round of 73. The final round proved to be difficult for all players and Rhodes score of 80 almost cost him the championship with a total gross score of 224.

John Davey (Tea Tree Gully Golf Club) also playing off a handicap of plus one started the final round only four shots behind Rhodes with a 75 the first day and 73 the second. Davey joined most players on the final day and struggled to a score of 77. So close for Davey with a total gross score of 225 only one shot away from what would have been an exciting sudden death play-off.

Helen Pascoe (Buninyong G.C.) achieved her goal of winning the South Australian Women's Senior Amateur Championship playing off a handicap of Two (2).

Rounds of 80 for the first and second days only highlighted how bigger test the Naracoorte golf course is. A final round of 89 was good enough for a total of 243 and a six stroke victory.

Equal second in the championship were Sharon Dawson (Denmark G.C.) and Heather Harley (Kooringal G.C.) with gross scores of 237.

Five ladies from Naracoorte Golf Club played and Jill Steen won the best net over the three days with a score of (230), from Christine McDonald (232).

Three men entered with Roger Pridmore winning the best senior net score over the three days (216)