Victorian Four-Ball Championship
The Victorian Four-Ball Championship commenced in 1997 in response to a desire to create more State level events for club golfers, regardless of their geographic location, age or handicap level.
The event has grown significantly since attracting 500 pairs in the inaugural year to now annually attracts around 900 competing pairs. In participation terms, the Victorian Four-Ball Championship is the largest golf event conducted by Golf Victoria and the largest amateur golf event conducted in Victoria.
The Championship is open to all 115,000 golfers (men & women) in Victoria who are members of affiliated clubs and who have an Australian handicap of 27 or below (males) and 45 or below (females). The Championship involves both a men’s section and a women’s section and is played in two parts:
The Championship is a Four-Ball Best Ball handicap stableford with an entry fee applicable from each pair of players. All pairs are permitted to compete in one City Regional Qualifying Round and unlimited Country Regional Qualifying Rounds. Approximately 17-20 regional qualifying rounds are held on Sunday’s and weekdays from January to early March each year. Pairs are requested to nominate their three preferred options of City Qualifying venues.
The format for the event permits friends, club mates, family members or work colleagues to join together as partners to compete for a State Amateur Golf Title.
The Championship culminates with a 36-hole final in late March for 100 pairs of men and women golfers that qualify at one of 17 regional qualifying rounds. In 2014, the final will be held at Sorrento Golf Club and The National Golf Club on 17 & 18 March 2014.
2014 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Men's Field Final Results
Women's Field Final Results
Round 2 - The National GC
It was a fabulous wrap up to the 2014 Victorian Four-Ball Championship today at The National Golf Club. Conditions were surprisingly calm for this part of the Mornington Peninsula, although the challenging Ocean Course layout still proved to be quite a test for most of the players.
In the women’s field, Suzanne Velk (Gisborne, hcap 14) and Pauline Caven (Lakeside, hcap 27) lit up the course today with a field best 43 points. Their solid play today secured them a two-round total of 85 points and the Championship title by 4 shots over Royal Melbourne mother-daughter pair Georgina and Samantha Leigh on 81 points. Closely following in third place was another mother-daughter pair from Devilbend Carol Scarff and Ledesi Hughes on 79 points.
Round one leaders Fraser Gough (RACV Cape Schanck) and partner Richard Eriksson (Metropolitan Fire Brigade) continued their hot form to be clear winners in the men’s field on a two-round total of 95 points. Armed with their “lucky dragon” on the bag, the pair off handicaps of 10 and 15 respectively carded a blistering 47 points today to yet again claim the best daily score. Camberwell pair William Strangwick and Ron Sprague were runners-up on 90 points, narrowly beating the third place pair of Shane Wylie (RACV) and Keith Wylie (Traralgon) on 89 points.
A big thank you to Sorrento Golf Club and The National Golf Club, and all the 17 other Victorian clubs for their continued support in hosting the Championship Final and Regional Qualifying Rounds. Thanks are also extended to all the volunteers, who should be commended on their fantastic effort assisting in all aspects throughout the course of the Championship. Most importantly, thank you to everyone that participated in the event this year and congratulations to all the winners.
A naming rights sponsor will be coming on board for the 2015 Championship, which will see a number of new initiatives being introduced. Stay tuned to the Golf Victoria website in their coming weeks for this exciting announcement.
|Women's Winners - Pauline Caven & Suzanne Velk
Men's Winners - Fraser Gough & Richard Eriksson
Round 1 Results - Sorrento GC
The Victorian Four-Ball Championship is the largest amateur golf event conducted in Victoria in terms of participation. It is great opportunity for club golfers to participate in a State level event, regardless of their geographic location, age or handicap level. Played in two parts, pairs compete in one or multiple 18-Hole regional qualifying rounds for a place in the 36-Hole final held in mid-March.
The first round of the Final was held today at Sorrento Golf Club with a total field of 182 players. The course was presented in immaculate condition with firm greens and pristine fairways after hosting the Audi Sorrento Charity Pro-Am last Sunday.
Fraser Gough (RACV Cape Schanck, h’cap 10) and partner Richard Eriksson (Metropolitan Fire Brigade, h’cap 15) are leading the Men’s field with a fantastic score of 48 points, closely followed by John Rucinski (Cranbourne, h’cap 9) and Leszek Kunc (Spring Valley, h’cap 12) on 46 points.
In the Women’s field, Patricia Smiles and Jenny Foster are looking to defend their title from last year. The Mansfield pair, off handicaps of 22 and 26 respectively, shot out of the blocks this afternoon with a score of 44 points. Hot on their tails are Carol Scarff (h’cap 11) and Ledesi Hughes (h’cap 20) from Devilbend a mere shot behind on 43 points.
The second and final round will be played tomorrow at The National Golf Club on the Ocean Course with two multi-tee starts at 7:45 am and 1:00 pm. Presentations for the Women’s and Men’s Trophies will be held in the clubhouse at approximately 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm respectively.
for a list of past Victorian Four-Ball Championship winners.