Ridley, Taylor mount late charges for Wittenoom success

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Brenda Wittenoom Open winner Lisa Taylor and Wittenoom Cup winner Clinton Ridley.
Camera IconBrenda Wittenoom Open winner Lisa Taylor and Wittenoom Cup winner Clinton Ridley. Credit: Albany Golf Club

Strong final rounds from Albany’s Clinton Ridley and Kojonup’s Lisa Taylor have helped them claim victory in the Wittenoom Cup and Brenda Wittenoom Open respectively at Albany Golf Club on Sunday.

The two major events of the popular Wittenoom Cup carnival were held at the weekend attracting more than 150 golfers from clubs around WA.

Ridley defeated a strong field of competitors in the men’s competition, firing an impressive final round of 68 to win on a countback from fellow Albany member Brook Gors.

Hazel Lester putts.
Camera IconHazel Lester putts. Credit: Laurie Benson

Gors was the outright leader after Saturday’s first round score of 68 and he followed that up with 73 on Sunday.

Ridley shot 73 in the opening round and then played well on Sunday with 68 to also finish with a total of 141 before he was declared the winner on a countback.

It was a maiden Wittenoom Cup win for Ridley, who continues the trend of local winners of the event in the past few years.

Chris Slynn.
Camera IconChris Slynn. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Third in the men’s event was Nedlands’ Paul Baster (142 total), and Evan Sewell from Manjimup won the best gross with a total of 146 from his rounds of 74 and 72.

Former winner Sam Western was second on day one after shooting 69 in the first 18 holes of the 36-hole stroke competition.

Taylor, a regular visitor at the Albany links course, was also able to secure her maiden Brenda Wittenoom Open title by two shots.

The Kojonup Golf Club member was four shots behind overnight leaders Rhonda Moore and Wendy Stewart, after they recorded 71 in a strong start.

Neil Wilson.
Camera IconNeil Wilson. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Taylor bettered her score of 75 on Saturday with a brilliant last 18 holes on Sunday, scoring 68 to claim the title with 143, two clear of Albany’s Tessa Metcalf (145) while Albany member Dorothy Laffin was third on 146.

The best gross in the women’s event came from Nedlands’ Cath Bellemore with a total score of 161.

Wendy Russell on the green.
Camera IconWendy Russell on the green. Credit: Albany Advertiser

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