A near-capacity field of 161 players took to the greens at the WA State Amateur Championships today at Wanneroo Golf Club. Entrants were mostly Western Australian locals with several international competitors descending on Wanneroo from as far as Singapore and Indonesia.
The course was presented well and recent renovations ensured that the venue was well and truly capable of hosting this prestigious event.
Weather conditions were perfect but an early start meant there were some wayward shots on the first hole due to the direction of the sun.
2018 title holder Abbie Teasdale of Royal Fremantle Golf Club finished her days play on an enviable -3 under par (70). The current joint leader Abbie told us, “I’m working on not thinking about the outcome but planning every shot, one at a time.” Joint leader Katherine Norris from Mandurah Country Club was happy with her round and said, “I had a tricky start on the 10th and ended up in the rough. I punched it out of the trees into a greenside pot then ended up with a par.”
Joondalup Resort and Country Club member Josh Greer had an outstanding round of -3 under par today (69). A keen golfer since the age of 5, the 17-year-old managed to make three birdies. When asked how he would continue with the tournament Josh replied, “tomorrow I will play the course in a very similar way and hope for an even better result.”
Ian Pienaar was the standout performer in the afternoon group and his impressive round of 3-under 69 puts him in a tie for the lead alongside Josh Greer.
International competitor Naraajie Ramadhanputra from Indonesia made an eagle on the second hole. He ended the round with a total of 74 in 21st place.
Perhaps the most spectacular shot of the day was a hole-in-one made on the 15th by Jason Larkin from Hartfield Golf Club.