It was a case of history repeating itself at this year’s Drummond Golf 54 Hole Classic with Royal Fremantle’s Min Woo Lee and Mount Lawley’s Hira Naveed going back to back and successfully defending their 2013 titles in 2014.
While Lee faced a spirited challenge from his club mate Cameron Jones, also of Royal Fremantle, Hira Naveed stormed to a resounding 26 stroke victory, highlighted by her brilliant 3-under final round in Busselton.
Naveed has just one blemish on her card on the final day, a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole, and made four birdies on route to her dominant victory.
Lee’s victory was set up by his opening round 67 that featured two eagles, and held on for victory as Jones made a valiant attempt to peg back the defending champion. Lee’s 3-over final round was enough to hold off Jones, who shot 73 in his final round.
Played over three rounds at Capel, Dunsborough Lakes and Busselton Golf courses, the Drummond Golf 54 Hole Classic is played for World Rankings and State Rankings Points. 68 golfers took part in the event, featuring both local golfers form the region and a large contingent from Perth travelling south to experience the best courses the South West have on offer.
DAY 1 REPORT – CAPEL GOLF CLUB
Defending champions Min Woo Lee and Hira Naveed will take handy leads into the second round of the Drummond Golf 54 Hole Classic today.
68 junior golfers are taking part in the Drummond Golf 54 hole classic from all around the state. Playing some of the best courses in the South-West region, the Classic teed of yesterday at Capel Golf Club and resumes today at Dunsborough Lakes with the final round played in Busselton tomorrow.
It was a turbulent start for Lee who opened the tournament with a double bogey and made the turn at 1-over par. A 6-under back nine, featuring two eagles on the par-4 15th and par-5 18th gave Lee a 5-under 67 opening round and a four stroke lead over fellow Royal Fremantle member Cameron Jones.
Naveed also has a similar rough start with two bogeys in the opening two holes, but was consistent for the remainder of the round. A 2-under 34 on the back nine left Naveed with a 1-under round of 72 and an 8 stroke lead over Jessica Whitting in second place.
Capel, Dunsborough Lakes and Busselton Golf Clubs will get a taste of WA’s best up and coming golf talent as the Drummond Golf 54 Hole Classic takes place in the South West this week.
68 golfers from around the state will compete in the 54 Hole event that commences at Capel Golf Club on Wednesday the 16th of July, then head to the prestigious Dunsborough Lakes for Round 2 and finalise in Busselton for the third round on Friday.
Defending Champions Min Woo Lee of Royal Fremantle and Hira Naveed of Mount Lawley head into the event as favourites to go back to back. Both champions went on to represent Western Australia at the at the senior level earlier this year, with Naveed tasting success as a part of the winning WA squad at Golf Australia’s Interstate Series in April.
As an official R&A rankings event, all competitors will be playing for World Ranking points that will allow golfers to earn starts in worldwide golf tournaments and reach benchmarks within Golf WA’s high performance system.