The first leg of the 2nd Australian Triple Crown (Matchplay) was played at the Valley View course in Adelaide from 10 to 13 November. The course was in excellent condition but the heat wave conditions - temperatures up to 39 degrees Celsius - placed stress on all players. The results were nevertheless very close with both the ladies' semifinal and the men's final went to the 19th hole. Men's winner was Stewart Genge (Southern Cross, Canberra) who overcame a one hole deficit on the 17th to beat Simon Owen (Valley View) on the 19th. In 3rd place was James Rogerson (Canberra International). Women's winner on the 18th Hole was June Drury (Southern Cross) who just kept ahead of Kay Akerman (Valley View), with Joanna Molloy (Corinda) in 3rd place.

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A 9 hole competition played over 4 rounds at the Glanville Hall course comprised the second leg of the Triple Crown. Played over the 18th and 19th of November on a beautifully prepared 1200 metre course, the competition produced plenty of drama. With rounds of 27, 23, 23 and 23 James Rogerson maintained his form to beat Stewart Genge by 7 strokes, with Simon Owen again in 3rd place. Joanna Molloy from Brisbane, produced some excellent pitch and putt to win the ladies competition with 113 strokes, from June Drury (116), 2nd and Anna Green (Granville Hall), 124 was 3rd.

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The Australian International Open

43 degrees greeted the players on Thursday for practice for the Open. However, the forecasted cool change arrived in the early hours of Friday morning much to the delight of all players, and gentle rain fell during Saturday morning's round. What a relief, but it did not change the greens. They remained fast but true as reflected in some scores.
James Rogerson showed his determination, leading from start to finish, equalling the course record with a 49 in the third round and setting a new 72 hole record of 12 under 204.
Simon Owen continued on his merry way, holding on to second place again, while Stewart Genge managed to get out of the hole he dug for himself with a first round 63. Hilton Ludekens made short work of the hole in one prize at the 16th, picking up the money in the second round.
In the interests of fair play, the ladies played this event in 2 divisions, and in the interests of fair play a B division player would lead the field through the halfway mark by 2 clear shots, Liz Kneebone would go on to finish third overall with a score of 258, equal with Joanna Molloy of Queensland and 4 shots behind the eventual winner June Drury from Canberra on 254.
Players an officials moved to the Para Hills Community Club for a 7.30pm presentation dinner.

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by Tim Terrell and Peter O'Dare

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