Smith a swing­ing suc­cess

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A Kar­ratha res­i­dent has taken home the trophy at the an­nual Pil­bara Men’s Golf Open Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment af­ter nar­rowly de­feat­ing a team­mate on the last hole.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion for male golfers across the re­gion was held at Kar­ratha Golf Club last week, with 78 com­peti­tors from Kar­ratha, Tom Price, Ex­mouth, Port Hed­land and New­man golf clubs tak­ing part across four grades.

Kar­ratha golfer Vaughan Smith was crowned the win­ner with a score of 146, nar­rowly beat­ing run­ner-up Dave Turner on 147 to claim the trophy and the first prize of a por­ta­ble pizza oven.

Event or­gan­iser Gina Hip­worth said the A-grade di­vi­sion had gone down to the wire be­tween the top two com­peti­tors.

“It came down to the last hole . . . so it was a pretty event­ful end to the com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“It was a tight com­pe­ti­tion all week­end.”

Bill Hutchi­son won the B-grade di­vi­sion, Ex­mouth’s Ja­son Bal­lard won in C-grade, and the D-grade honours were claimed by Andy Clifton.

Kar­ratha Golf Club also took out the cham­pion team prize based on the over­all tally of the four best-per­form­ing in­di­vid­ual golfers from each club.

Pil­bara Men’s Golf Open Cham­pi­onship and its women’s cham­pi­onship coun­ter­part ro­tates around the five re­gional clubs each year and has been run­ning for more than 30 years.

Ms Hip­worth said the lon­grun­ning event was a ma­jor at­trac­tion for golfers across the re­gion and those in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in the sport.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for them to show­case their skills and it’s a pres­ti­gious event to win,” she said.

“There’s a lot of ca­ma­raderie among the golfers as well and we’re al­ways try­ing to bring in new play­ers . . . so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for (clubs) to bol­ster their num­bers.”

She thanked all those who had spon­sored and helped out at the event.

The Pil­bara’s fe­male golfers will get their chance to shine next month at the Women’s Golf Open Cham­pi­onships at Port Hed­land Golf Club on July 22 and 23.

The Pil­bara Men's Golf Open Cham­pi­onship win­ner Vaughan Smith, cen­tre, with event or­gan­is­ers Gina Hip­worth and Gary Rayson. Pic­ture: Lisa Dunsby

Kar­ratha golfer Dave Turner on the green at the Pil­bara Men's Golf Open Cham­pi­onship.

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