WA Amateur 2019
Dates: March 13-17
Course: Wanneroo Golf Club
The 2019 Amateur Championships of Western Australia will be held at Wanneroo Golf Club from March 13 to 17, the first time the club has hosted the event since 2006.
Wanneroo GC recently played host to the stroke play rounds of the 2018 Australian Amateur Championships and is well equipped to play host to the upcoming WA Amateur.
The 2019 Amateur Championships of Western Australia are set to be a wonderful showcase of our local golfing talent. GolfWA is proud to coordinate this tournament and encourages spectators to get out to Wanneroo GC and support the event.
The Western Australia Amateur Championship is one of the biggest events on the local golfing calendar. The men’s and women’s events are played concurrently, a format that has endured since WAGA and WGWA amalgamated in 2011.
This prestigious event has helped to launch many professional careers with past champions including Minjee Lee, Min Woo Lee, Curtis Luck, Stephen Leaney and Craig Parry.
The tournament attracts many interstate players as well as international entrants because of the World Ranking points on offer.
Wanneroo GC has recently undergone renovations and the course is in fantastic condition ahead of the State Amateur. The 9th tee box underwent some minor alterations and the 14th green was resurfaced.
GolfWA was lucky enough to chat with Kim Felton, Wanneroo Golf Club course record holder and former pro, to learn more about what it takes to win on this course.
- The par 5s are key: The par 5 holes are not long by modern standards, a good drive sets up a definite birdie chance (or better).
- Placement is vital: Accuracy is of paramount importance when tackling the tight fairways around Wanneroo. Having a good angle into the pin offers the best chance at going low.
- Work the ball: The player with the ability to work the ball both ways has an advantage.
- Putt well: It goes without saying, to have a chance at victory you’re going to need to putt well all week.
One of Felton’s favourite holes on the course is the par-3 fourth. The elevated tee gives a wonderful aspect of the bushland that extends north of the club. A mid-iron will be required to reach the small and well-bunkered green that slopes off on either side.
The WA Amateur Championships kicks off on Wednesday and continues on Thursday with two 18-hole rounds of stroke play.
A cut is made after 36 holes and the top 32 men and 16 women progress through to the match play section of the tournament.
Friday is full of action and starts with 18 holes of match play for both the men and women in the morning. The winners then progress to another 18-hole match in the afternoon.
Saturday morning again sees both the men and women playing 18-hole matches in the morning. The female winners of the morning match progress straight through to the final on Sunday. For the remaining men, there is another 18-hole round of match play ahead of them on Saturday afternoon.
The final matches tee off on Sunday morning and competitors must battle through a 36-hole final to claim their crown.
Sunday action will also include a round of the Smarter than Smoking GolfWA Junior Tour. This is a great opportunity for our junior golfers to play on the same course as the top amateurs and witness history as it unfolds.
The WA Amateur Championships are a war of golfing attrition and the champions will need to play good consistent golf across all five days of competition.
Wanneroo Golf Club has undergone some off-course renovations that will significantly add to the spectator experience. The addition of an alfresco seating area overlooking the 10th tee will offer a fantastic viewpoint for spectators to relax and take in all the action.
Wanneroo Golf Club General Manager, Mick Smith, is excited about the opportunity to host the WA Amateur.
“The club learnt a lot from hosting the Australian Amateur and is excited about the opportunity to showcase the club and facilities to the Perth public”, Mr Smith said.
The clubhouse will be open for the duration of the tournament for spectators to purchase food and beverages with the newly built alfresco area looking set to be a hub of activity all week long.
Players To Watch
2018 Women’s Champion Abbie Teasdale is back to defend the crown she won at The Western Australian Golf Club. Teasdale is set to face stiff competition from Mandurah local, Kathryn Norris.
Norris is coming off a strong second place result at the recent Tasmanian Open and looks to be in red hot form ahead of the tournament.
The Men’s side of the draw looks a bit more open with 2018 winner Kiran Day now playing college golf in Canada.
Hayden Hopewell is one local hope that could challenge for the title. The young Royal Fremantle Golf Club member has just been named in the Boys’ State Team and also finished runner up at the Tasmania Open.