West Aussie duo claim Tasmanian Open titles

3rd Mar 2020

Kathryn Norris and Hayden Hopewell claimed the women’s and men’s Tasmanian Open titles at Ulverstone Golf Club on Sunday. Norris and Hopewell both finished runners-up in 2019 and it is fantastic to see them both take the win in 2020.

Kathryn Norris put together a blemish-free final round of two-under-par to hold off Ulverstone local, Sarah Johnstone and claim a five-stroke victory. Norris finished runner-up to Becky Kay last year and she was relieved to go one better this year.

“It is nice to get a win finally in a state event, I have been runner-up a few times, so this is really nice,” she said.

Hopewell’s second round of 6-under (66) saw him enter the final day with a commanding 10-shot lead over his nearest competitor. Despite dropping three shots on Sunday, Hopewell cruised to a five-shot victory, a nice reward after a tough playoff loss just 12 months earlier.

“That six-under second round put me miles ahead. I definitely got a lot of comfort from that round, but it was never over,” Hopewell said.

“I was really good off the tee and didn’t miss many fairways, I was probably just a little tentative because there are not many times you can cruise to a national win.”

Both Hopewell and Norris will be hoping to carry their impressive form into the WA Amateur Championships at Melville Glades in a few weeks time.

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