NSW’s June Song is the 2021 Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic Champion. With a classy final round, June joins Karrie Webb, Su Oh and Hannah Green on this sought after championship trophy. Eighteen year old June was steady, focussed, playing with the great spirit and friendship that surrounds all the women that enjoy this premier golfing event.
Lake Karrinyup’s Carmen Palframen confidently took home the 54 hole Senior trophy noting, “It is wonderful to share Lake Karrinyup with you all, especially as this event includes a large portion of Senior and Mid-Amateurs playing alongside the 72 hole competitors. It is a really special inclusive golfing event and I am thankful for the opportunity to play this week alongside so many fantastic women.”
2021 marks seventeen years of generous support from sponsors Bowra & O’Dea. The fifth generation, family-owned, Western Australian funeral company have been great supporters of women’s golf for many years. Joe O’Dea shared in his presentation speech, “I am so thrilled to be part of this event again. It is something I really look forward to each year. Delighted too that we were able to include some interstate competitors this year and run the event at Lake Karrinyup.”
June Song maintained her form to win the 72 hole Classic Cup by a solid two strokes over state team-mate Belinda Ji. The lead group continued to dominate the top end of the leaderboard today with Royal Fremantle’s Abbie Teasdale in third position, and SA’s Caitin Peirce in fourth . Teasdale has been performing strongly recently, and having birdies on 12,14 and 15 in the final nine gave some hope for her chasing the champion, however bogeys on the last two holes ruled this out. Teasdale was awarded the Jane Vincent Cup for the best overall 72 hole nett result.
June shared, “I got a little bit nervous when Belinda and I were level after the sixth, but then I made birdie on the seventh and eighth and stayed focussed. I have a target for myself each nine and try to focus on that rather than what my competition are doing. So pleased to have won this. I am off to IOWA State University later this year and this being my last Australian competition I have really finished on a high! I rang Mum and Dad and told them – they were very excited as it has been a while between wins for me.”
GolfWA would like to extend our sincere thanks to Managing Director of Bowra & O’Dea, Joe O’Dea for his commitment and support of this event. Greg Higham, Chairman of Golf WA reflected on “the importance of established events such as this to grow golf and develop our sport across Australia.”
Over ninety women from all over Australia competed in the three day, three tier competition, and the following are to be congratulated on their wins this week.
Winner: Mid Amateur Gross
Melissa Luk, Westaviat GC
Winner: 54 Hole Senior Gross
Carmen Palframen, Lake Karrinyup CC
Winner: 72 hole Bowra & O’Dea Classic
June Song, Avondale GC, NSW
Thank you to all the staff and members of Lake Karrinyup Country Club for sharing your slice of paradise with us all this week. We hope to be back next year to showcase more national women’s golfing talent and enjoy the warm hospitality at the 2022 Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic.
A selection of photos of the event can be viewed here.