Australian Senior: Greg Rhodes goes wire-to-wire
12 Oct 2017
by Golf Australia
Champion Greg Rhodes
(Golf Australia Photo)
SEVEN MILE BEACH, Australia (October 12, 2017) - Greg Rhodes completed golf’s toughest challenge today, leading from start to finish to win his second Australian Men’s Senior Amateur crown.
And capping a great week at Royal Hobart, Rhodes also played a key role in Victoria’s winning run to the Interstate Teams trophy on the famous Seven Mile Beach course.Rhodes, 58, probably won’t write home about his closing round of 76 in blustery conditions that left him at even par overall after the third and final round.
But his second-day 68 had established the buffer the Coomealla member needed to coast to a three-shot victory from nearest rival and fellow past champion Michael Barltrop, of Royal Auckland.
Rhodes, who first won this title in 2015, carded one birdie and five bogeys in blustery conditions, while Barltrop’s lone birdie was cancelled out by four bogeys in his 75.Paul Chappell, from the Hartfield Country Club in Western Australia, climbed into third place on six over following a one-over-par afternoon round of 73.
Local member Peter Shaw was the leading Tasmanian in equal 15th at 15 over par after a closing 78.