John Banting and Janine Northrop claimed the men’s and women’s Senior Amateur Championship of WA titles respectively at Wanneroo Golf Club on Friday.
Banting (Royal Perth) completed a comfortable wire-to-wire victory by 10 strokes from Trevor Hughes (Hartfield) and John Davey (Tea Tree Gully).
Banting sealed his win with a 73 – the equal-best round of the week – which was matched by last year’s champion Paul Chappell (Hartfield) although he left his run too late to finish in fifth place.
Geoffrey Oliver (Wanneroo) claimed the men’s nett score award, by a single stroke from Michael Dunsmore (Hartfield), after the local member had led after all three rounds.
Banting’s first state title came 70 years after his uncle, also named John Banting, won the WA junior crown.
Northrop (Melville Glades) clinched the women’s title by three strokes from last year’s champion Sharon Dawson (Lake Karrinyup) by three shots to complete her comeback from injury last July.
Northrop broke her right heel and left fibula and tibia in a fall at Joondalup last July that left her in a wheelchair for seven weeks while the bones mended.
She did not return to playing golf for five months and started today a shot off leader Alison Eather (WA Golf Club) before carding an 82 to hold off the charge of Dawson, who defended her Seniors Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic title last week.
Northrop’s final-round score was her best of the week, highlighted by birdies at the third and 13th, and she needed to be on her mettle as Dawson stormed home with an 81 – the best round of the women’s tournament this week.
Eather finished in third place ahead of Karen Bond (Royal Perth), who secured the women’s nett score trophy with Shirley Van Der Brugghen (Melville Glades) in second.
John Banting will take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the men’s Senior Amateur Championship of Western Australia at Wanneroo Golf Club.
The Royal Perth member carded a second successive round of 74 to extend his two-shot overnight lead with Trevor Hughes (Hartfield) and John Davey (Tea Tree Gully) his closest challengers.
Banting recorded one of his five birdies for the day at the same hole as he forged into what looms as a decisive advantage.
Banting made back-to-back birdies at the first and second, and then immediately repeated the dose after the turn at 10 and 11, before picking up a further stroke at the par-five 16th. His day might have been even better but for bogeys at 17 and 18.
Hughes returned the second-best round of the day with a 75 to draw him level with South Australian Davey, who shot a 77, in second place.
Paul Chappell’s hopes of defending his title suffered a setback with an 82 that leaves the Hartfield member 12 shots behind Banting.
Geoffrey Oliver remains at the head of the men’s nett scores, two shot ahead of fellow Wanneroo member Matt Ferguson, while Northrop and Karen Bond (Royal Perth) share the lead in the women’s nett rankings.
It is a tighter affair at the top of the of the women’s leaderboard with Alison Eather (WA Golf Club) just a single stroke ahead of Janine Northrop (Melville Glades).
Shirley Van Der Brugghen (Melville Glades) and Lyn Bennett (Gosnells) has started the day level at the top but slipped off the pace.
Van Der Brugghen is in a three-way tie for third place, alongside last year’s winner Sharon Dawson (Lake Karrinyup) and Karen Bond (Royal Perth), while Bennett is in equal seventh place.
Eather shot the lowest round of the women’s tournament so far with an 80 that featured birdie on the par-three 11th, a hole she had dropped a shot on Wednesday.
Royal Perth member John Banting (right) has the lead after the opening day of the 2017 West Australian Senior Championship.
Banting fired a round of 74 on the lovely Wanneroo Golf Course and leads by two from a trio of golfers – John Davey, Duncan Hamilton and John Wanless who all returned scores of 76.
Defending champion Paul Chappell is not too far away on 78.