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Victorian Open Golf Championship 2009

Golfer Ashley Hall

VICTORIAN Ashley Hall has held off the challenge from Scott Laycock and Craig Scott to claim the 2009 Subaru Victorian Open by two shots.
Twenty five year old Hall fired a final round two under 69 to finish on ten under par for the event, his second win on the Australasian Tour after he claimed the 2007 Victorian PGA Championship.
Hall defeated playing partner’s Laycock and Hall who both finished on eight under with Paul Sheehan and Aaron Townsend tied for fourth place on seven under and Peter Senior, Cameron Percy and David Diaz tied for sixth place a further shot back.
Hall started the day in equal first place on eight under alongside Laycock with Scott a further shot back setting the scene for a thrilling final day where the lead changed several times before Hall sealed victory.

Overnight leaders Hall and Laycock continued their tussle into the day and by the conclusion of play on the front nine, both were tied for the lead at 9-under the card. Scott, who was one shot off the pace after yesterday’s play, seemed to be out of contention when four bogeys on the front nine saw him drop to 3-under par.

An early birdie on the back nine took Laycock, a former winner of the Championship, into the lead. Hall steadied as three bogeys from four holes saw Laycock relinquish the lead. Just as it looked like a two-way battle for the title, Scott’s game was brought to life with four consecutive birdies.

A 17th hole bogey from Hall gave Laycock and Scott hope going into the final hole, but Hall remained solid taking the 54th Victorian Open Championship title. A stunning 6-under par back nine from Scott, secured him a tied second place finish.

For Hall it was a mixture of relief and pride to claim the win in front of a gallery of friends and family and pocket the $16,500 winner’s cheque.
“To be honest I just came into this event to get myself ready for the Johnnie Walker Classic and the bigger events but this is the best possible start to the year I could have hoped for. It means a lot to me, I played in every team for the VGA…juniors, colts and seniors, so it is really special,” Hall said.
“I’m a little bit relieved. A four shot lead turned into two pretty quickly at 17 but I figured if I just hit it into the middle of the green on the last I was always going to make par,” said the new Australasian Tour Order of Merit leader.
” I thought when I woke up this morning with it windy that it was going to play into my hands. I like the course the way it is when it’s windy. I tried not to think about what happened yesterday and just stuck to my routine and it worked. I suppose nothing can go wrong if you stick to your routine.”
After a tough week of extreme climates and changing conditions at the Spring Valley lay-out Hall said the win was a great confidence booster after he lost his status in Asia and he was looking forward to making the most of the next six weeks on the Australasian Tour. He will play in this week’s Cellarbrations Victorian PGA Championship, followed by International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship, the Johnnie Walker Classic, Moonah Classic, HSBC NZ PGA Championship and the Michael Hill New Zealand Open.
“It gives me the confidence that I wasn’t just a one hit wonder and that I can do it again,” said Hall. “I’ve done it a different way this time, I didn’t come from behind like I did at the PGA, I was in the last group for the last two days and I slept on a lead so I can take a lot of positives out of it and take them into the bigger events.”
For 2001 Victorian Open Champion Scott Laycock who lost his status after eight years on the Japan Golf Tour after a debilitating wrist injury, it was a positive way to start the new year.
“Like any player, I play to get into contention and it’s been a while for me so I am really happy with how I have gone this week,” said the 37 year old Victorian. “I played better this week than I have in a while for a whole tournament and it was nice to be back up there again.”
For Craig Scott a birdie finish saw the 25 year old from Sorrento move up to finish second alongside Laycock. His form was impressive this week as the Canadian Tour regular shot rounds of 71, 70, 65 and 70 displaying a consistency that he hopes will continue through the next few events and result in his first Australasian Tour victory.
“I’m playing well and I know it’s only a matter of time,” said Scott who will also be lining up at next week’s second Australasian Tour event for 2009.

It was a clean sweep for the Victorians with Bryden MacPherson leading the way for the Amateurs, returning a 2-over par performance. 18-year old MacPherson has continued a promising start to his golfing career after taking out leading amateur tournament, The Dunes Medal in December. His result at the 2009 Victorian Open has done little to disprove the prediction that MacPherson is one of the country’s brightest stars.

Favourable conditions saw strong crowds turn out to Spring Valley to watch the final round of the 2009 Championship.

The PGA Tour of Australasia now travels to Sanctuary Lakes tomorrow for the Cellarbrations NSW PGA Championship. The Championship will feature a Junior Pro-Am (Monday),  Calloway Ladies Competition (Tuesday) and Celebrity/Corporate Pro-Am (Wednesday) before the competition proper tees off on Thursday January 5.

FINAL RESULTS FROM 2009 SUBARU VICTORIAN OPEN
Ashley Hall , VIC, -10, 68, 65, 72, 69, 274,
Craig Scott , VIC, -8, 71, 70, 65, 70, 276,
Scott Laycock , VIC, -8, 68, 68, 69, 71, 276,
Paul Sheehan , NSW, -7, 68, 70, 71, 68, 277,
Aaron Townsend , NSW, -7, 70, 68, 70, 69, 277,
Cameron Percy , VIC, -6, 68, 68, 72, 70, 278,
David Diaz , VIC, -6, 74, 69, 68, 67, 278,
Peter Senior , QLD, -6, 68, 72, 69, 69, 278,
Andrew McKenzie , VIC, -4, 74, 66, 69, 71, 280,
Terry Pilkadaris , WA, -3, 71, 71, 68, 71, 281,
Andre Stolz , NSW, -3, 66, 73, 69, 73, 281,
David Lutterus , SA, -3, 70, 70, 69, 72, 281,
Craig Spence , VIC, -3, 68, 65, 73, 75, 281,
Adam Porker , VIC, -3, 73, 68, 69, 71, 281,
James McLean , VIC, -3, 66, 71, 72, 72, 281,
Marcus Cain , QLD, -2, 70, 69, 72, 71, 282,
Michael Brennan , NSW, -2, 75, 68, 68, 71, 282,
Chris Downes , QLD, -2, 69, 67, 73, 73, 282,
Gareth Paddison , NZL, -2, 68, 72, 67, 75, 282,
Steve Collins , WA, -2, 70, 72, 68, 72, 282,
Heath D’Altera , VIC, -1, 66, 66, 76, 75, 283,
Josh Carmichael , NZL, -1, 71, 71, 67, 74, 283,
David McKenzie , VIC, -1, 68, 68, 77, 70, 283,
Adam Bland , SA, -1, 73, 66, 73, 71, 283,
Ryan Haywood , VIC, even, 70, 68, 73, 73, 284,
Tim Wise , VIC, even, 74, 69, 70, 71, 284,
Kevin Conlong , VIC, even, 74, 69, 71, 70, 284,
Rohan Blizard , NSW, even, 72, 67, 67, 78, 284,
Michael Clayton , VIC, +1, 74, 69, 68, 74, 285,
Leigh McKechnie , NSW, +1, 72, 70, 74, 69, 285,
Brad Andrews , QLD, +1, 74, 65, 69, 77, 285,
Matthew Millar , ACT, +2, 73, 69, 70, 74, 286,
Kim Felton , WA, +2, 70, 72, 69, 75, 286,
Kurt Barnes , NSW, +2, 75, 69, 68, 74, 286,
Bryden MacPherson (A), VIC, +2, 75, 68, 70, 73, 286,
Andrew Tschudin , VIC, +3, 71, 70, 71, 75, 287,
Ryan Haller , QLD, +3, 71, 70, 71, 75, 287,
Michael Curtain , VIC, +3, 71, 71, 70, 75, 287,
Tristan Lambert , NSW, +4, 72, 70, 71, 75, 288,
Matthew Ballard , QLD, +4, 73, 71, 70, 74, 288,
Adam Wilcox , NSW, +5, 74, 68, 72, 75, 289,
Mahal Pearce , NZL, +5, 68, 71, 70, 80, 289,
Stuart Bouvier , QLD, +5, 70, 73, 75, 71, 289,
Rudi Bezuidenhout , NSW, +5, 77, 67, 71, 74, 289,
Dean Meagher , NSW, +5, 69, 74, 74, 72, 289,
Heath Reed , VIC, +5, 70, 68, 75, 76, 289,
Andrew Tampion , VIC, +6, 77, 67, 68, 78, 290,
Clint Rice , TAS, +6, 73, 70, 70, 77, 290,
Hamish Robertson , NZL, +6, 73, 70, 73, 74, 290,
Andrew Martin , VIC, +8, 74, 70, 73, 75, 292,
Michael McGrath , VIC, +8, 74, 70, 73, 75, 292,
James McMillan (A), VIC, +8, 74, 67, 74, 77, 292,
Jason Norris , SA, +9, 74, 70, 74, 75, 293,
Damon Welsford , ACT, +10, 74, 70, 75, 75, 294,
Martin Doyle , VIC, +11, 73, 71, 76, 75, 295,
Ryan McCarthy (A), TAS, +12, 73, 70, 74, 79, 296,
Graydon Woolridge , NSW, +13, 68, 73, 78, 78, 297,
Tom Prowse , VIC, +14, 70, 73, 76, 79, 298,
Jens Nilsson , SWE, +17, 74, 69, 81, 77, 301,
Mathew Holten , NZL, +33, 73, 66, 72, 106, 317

PREVIEW STORY

THE past seven winners of the Victorian Open Championship will line up this week attempting to emulate their past triumphs.

Defending champion West Australian Kim Felton will be hoping to make it back-to-back titles when the tournament tees off on Thursday  at Spring Valley Golf Club.

Felton won the event when it was last played in 2007 and is facing stiff competition from former champions David Diaz (2006), Kurt Barnes (2005), Gareth Paddison (2004), Andre Stolz (2002), Scott Laycock (2001) and Brad Lamb (2000). *

The former champions will be competing against established talent and up and comers from across the country.

Amongst the local contingent are 2008 Cellarbrations NSW PGA Champion Victorian Tim Wise, Andrew Tschudin, returning home after success on the Korean tour and former Australian Masters Champion Craig Spence.

The local boys are up against some formidable interstate rivals. Paul Sheehan heads a solid line-up representing NSW, having made a name for himself at home and abroad with victories at the Jacob’s Creek Open and Japan Open.

West Australians Terry Pilkadaris and Jarrod Moseley will be looking to claim another tour victory, and Queenslander’s Andrew Bonhomme and Steven Bowditch both know what it takes to secure tour wins. Bonhomme claimed  victory at the 2007 Queensland PGA championship and Bowditch spent a year on the US PGA Tour after he claimed victory at the  2005 Jacob’s Creek Open.

Jason Norris winner of the 2007 WA PGA Championship, will join fellow South Australian David Lutterus, who received his 2008 US PGA Tour Card after a stellar 2007.

Peter Senior, Peter Fowler and Terry Price vying for first Victorian Open wins

Joining the former champions are seasoned veterans Peter Senior, Peter Fowler and Terry Price, each vying for their first Victorian Open win.

Also seeking further success to add to their 2008 tour victories are SA PGA Champion Heath Reed, Cellarbrations NSW PGA Champion Tim Wood and NSW Open winner Aaron Townsend. Leading the charge is 2008 Oceanique WA PGA Champion and overall winner of the Von Nida Tour Money List Michael Long.

Former Australian tennis professional Scott Draper continues his successful transition to golf, hoping to add a Victorian Open title to his 2007 NSW PGA Championship win. Joining Draper in the main draw are fellow Queenslanders Ryan Haller and Paul Donahoo, also winners on the Von Nida Tour in 2007.

Hot on the heels of a stunning win in the Victorian Amateur Championship is Luke Bleumink. With his victory the 23-year old Victorian state player joined a prestigious list of Amateur Champions, including Aaron Baddeley and Geoff Ogilvy and would like nothing more than to emulate their success with his first win at a senior event.

The Subaru Victorian Open Championship is being played from Thursday 29th January to Sunday 1st February at Spring Valley Golf Club, Heatherton Road, Clayton South. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $8 or Season Passes for $15.

 * The Victorian Open was not played in 2003 or 2008.

 

 

 

 

About Brian O'Hare

Brian is the editor and founder of ASG. He is a former Sydney journalist and is now an avid "senior" golfer. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

One Response to “Victorian Open Golf Championship 2009”

  1. Barrie Girl says:

    Congratulations Craig… We’ll be looking for name in Canada!!! xox

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