2023 Woodlands Club Championships
The finals of most Club Championship grades were completed today (Sunday 19 November), with our 2023 Men’s & Women’s Club Champions being crowned.
Following Saturday’s Quarter & Semi-Finals, those who made it to today’s play had racked up a fair amount of golf for the weekend.
The day started with the first round of the 36-hole finals – the Men’s Club Grade (Max Oldham vs Dan Wright), Women’s Open Grade (Amelia Whiston vs Kerry Arthurs) and Men’s Minor Grade (Laurent Arnaud vs Joel Nancarrow). Max, Amelia and Joel enjoyed great form in the morning, going into the halfway stage 3 up, 5 up and 3 up respectively.
The afternoon field kicked off with the Men’s D-Grade (Michael Zajer vs Cian Reidy) and C-Grade (Billy Stathopolous vs Leigh Rowlands) finals. Each were played over 18 holes and needed every bit of them plus more. Cian eventually won D-Grade on the 19th hole having been 4 up at one stage, where Leigh defeated young Billy on the 18th.
Round 2 of the 36-hole finals followed the above in the afternoon field, where the morning leaders showed no slowing down in their form. Amelia extended her lead to win the match 11&10, before Joel came home with a 7&6 win. Max pulled away from Dan with some incredible play (6 under par for his last 18 holes) to win his match 8&7.
We believe Max has now become the youngest ever winner of the Woodlands Men’s Championship, with Amelia becoming the 2nd youngest winner of the Women’s Championship 2nd only to a 15 year old Julienne Soo in 2012.
Please see below all final results, where you can view the matchplay round results by clicking on each grade:
Max Oldham def. Dan Wright (8&7)
Amelia Whiston def. Kerry Arthurs (11&10)
Joel Nancarrow def. Laurent Arnaud (7&6)
Leigh Rowlands def. Billy Stathopolous (1 up)
Cian Reidy def. Michael Zajer (19th Hole)
Congratulations also go to the winners of the concurrent events:
Bert Clay Trophy (Best gross in Men’s Qualifying): Toby Kilpatrick (76, 70 = 146)
Broomhall Shield (Best Nett in Men’s Qualifying): Graeme Grant (72, 69 = 141)
Lin Myers Trophy (Best Nett in Women’s Qualifying): Bev Manallack (71, 79 = 150)