Sunday, February 12, 2017


Mekissa Reid with Oates Trophy

England's Melissa Reid took out the 2017 Oates Vic Open title at 13th Beach Links in a thrilling finish this afternoon, defeating Germany's Sandra Gal in a play-off on the third extra hole.
On a blustery afternoon in Barwon Heads which saw winds gusts of up to 55kph, the lead switched hands several times during the testing afternoon conditions before Sandra Gal set the clubhouse lead at 16 under par after firing a superb 4 under round 69.
Reid had a chance to win on the 72nd hole of the tournament after hitting a superb three wood to the front of the green on the par 518th hole, but took three putts from long range to send the tournament into extra time.
On the first play-off hole both players made par after Reid once again took 3 putts from the edge of the green, with the second hole almost being a carbon copy of the first.
The third time around Gal hit her third shot just over the back of the green and failed to get up and down leaving Reid with a putt from a metre to win.
The Derby native made no mistakes this time around holing out confidently to take out her sixth Ladies European Tour title and the first prize cheque of AUD$75,000.
Victorian Su Oh was the leading Australian finishing in a tied for third place with American youngster Angel Yin, while Hannah Green and Whitney Hillier both had solid weeks finishing in a tie for 6th place. New South Welshman Dimi Papadatos took out the men's Oates Vic Open title defeating Jake McLeod and Adam Bland by two shots.
The ALPG Tour now heads to Adelaide for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open to be held at Royal Adelaide Golf Club from 16-19th February

It was not a good final day for the Scots qualifiers.
Kylie Henry, after a record-equalling third-round 65, slumped to a 76 and a T18 finish on 287.
Carly Booth signed off with a 78 for 288 and 25th place.
Michele Thomson soared to a fourth-round 79 for 292 and a T32 finish.