Samen-Curtis and Foley Triumph in Qld
12 Dec 2013
Matthew Samen-Curtis (Headland) and Samantha Foley (Royal Pines) have emerged triumphant after three gruelling days at the Queensland Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championships.
Samen-Curtis, like many of his compatriots, battled on the first two days of play but stayed in contention with timely birdies. As overnight leader, and ultimately Championship runner-up, Jack Sullivan (Palmer Gold Coast) looked like kicking away on the opening nine of the final day. However Samen-Curtis stormed home with a back nine of 7-under 29 (one eagle, six birdies, one par and a bogey).
With four holes remaining Samen-Curtis shot an untimely double bogey, giving Sullivan optimism, however Sullivan’s own bogeys on the 16th and 17th allowed Samen-Curtis the luxury of a four shot buffer heading down the par 5 18th. Tapping in for his 12th birdie of the day, Samen-Curtis was excited to celebrate his victory with his parents and sister.
The Girls’ Amateur was equally as enthralling, with Samantha Foley birdieing the 71st and 72nd hole to claim a one shot victory over Karis Davidson (Palmer Gold Coast). Recovering from a first round 80, Foley had rounds of 1-over, 2-over and 3-under to capture the Championship.
Trailing Davidson by five shots after 54 holes, Foley applied early pressure in the final round, turning in 4-under 34. Both girls showed the strain of a tough three days with bogeys on the incoming nine. It was Foley’s birdie on the penultimate hole which was the deciding factor, with Davidson and Foley both making birdies on the 72nd.
The 14-and-Under Boys’ and Girls’ divisions were won by Cameron John (Waverley) and Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed) respectively. John was especially dominant with 11 shots separating him and runner-up Chris Jimenez (Pacific). The Girls’ runner-up was first round leader Doey Choi (Concord), who finished only one shot behind Kay.
With players making numerous birdies and eagles during the Championship, it was Lisa Edgar who achieved the rarest of feats. Playing her 72nd hole, Edgar left the putter in the bag when she holed out with a 9 iron and recorded an albatross, pipping her sister who eagled the same hole on Tuesday.
Congratulations to Indooroopilly Golf Club and their staff for another fantastic event. The course was in first class condition and players are looking forward to returning in 2014.