The final event of the GolfWA competition season – the Foursomes Amateur Championship – concluded at the Vines on Sunday, with first-time winners in both the men’s and women’s events.
Joondalup CC members – and long-time friends – Tom Addy and Lachie Hall dovetailed superbly to post a three-stroke win in the men’s contest after rounds of 69 and 68.
Always in contention, the pair pulled away from the chasing pack over the closing holes, sealing victory with a birdie on their final hole, the par-four 9th. It was the first time either had competed in the event.
“Credit to Tom, he holed every putt he looked at today,” Hall told GolfWA. “He was using a Taylormade Spider putter, so we’re all calling him ‘Spiderman’ now!”
“We had a lot of fun out there today and stayed relaxed all the way round,” Addy said. “We’ve been friends for 10 years, so it’s nice to win an event with Lachie.”
Second place went to Jospeph Buttress (WAGC) and Jordan Doull (Mount Lawley GC) after rounds of 69 and 71, while Gosnells GC duo Josiah Edwards and Cian McGarvey were third, five strokes further back.
Nail-biting finish in women’s event
The women’s championship was a much closer affair, with the result only decided on the 18th green of a rivetting encounter featuring the two leading pairs.
Mount Lawley’s Erina Tan and Isabella Leniartek looked odds on to claim the title as they held a five-stroke advantage over playing partners Sophie Williams (Mount Lawley) and Sasha Hofman (Gosnells) with five holes to play.
However, Hofman and Williams applied the pressure with a birdie at 14 while their rivals made bogey and dropped another shot on the 15th.
Another birdie at 17 moved Hofman and Williams to within a shot of the lead and they completed a grandstand finish by birdieing the par-five 18th, while Tan and Leniartek dropped another shot to surrender the title.
“Our games are pretty similar and we were very solid today,” Williams told GolfWA. “Despite three double bogeys we generally didn’t make too many mistakes and gave each other lots of opportunities.”
For Hofman, victory was extra sweet given the demands she faces balancing full-time employment with top-level golf. “It was a lot of fun out there today,” she added. “We definitely wanted to win but managed to keep things pretty lighthearted.”
Rounds of 76 and 73 gave Hofman and Williams a one-stroke win over Tan and Leniartek, while Royal Perth’s Mai Julius and Kristie Jones were third a further four shots back.