Mixed fortunes for amateurs

December 14, 2016

Goulburn Valley golfers Kyle Michel and Brett Kellow have enjoyed varying degrees of success in the Port Phillip Open Amateur.

Shepparton rising star Michel produced four solid rounds to place fifth in the strokeplay stage of the tournament. He carded rounds of 72, 70, 79 and 73 for a 72-hole score of four-over par 294 to finish five shots adrift of winner David Micheluzzi.

Micheluzzi, who stormed onto the scene when he won the NT Open aged 17 in 2013, was the lone player to finish under par following four days of play at the Kingston Heath and Commonwealth golf clubs.

Michel took home a trophy as the Kingston Heath Open champion on a countback from Frazer Droop.

The top-five finish also had Michel qualify for the matchplay section, but he bowed out in the opening round following a 5-3 loss to Aaron Southern (Royal Melbourne) at Woodlands on Monday.

The semi-finals of the matchplay continued yesterday, with Micheluzzi alive, alongside the likes of Min Woo Lee, Droop, Cameron John and Darcy Brereton.

Mooroopna ace Kellow finished in a tie for 37th place in the strokeplay, narrowly missing the top 32 qualification for the matchplay.

Kellow opened with rounds of 75 and 76 at Kingston Heath to make the halfway cut by a comfortable three-shot margin, but found Commonwealth a tougher proposition, carding consecutive scores of 80 to end up at 21-over par 311.

Australia’s Elizabeth Elmassian proved a dominant winner of the women’s strokeplay, firing a seven-under par score of 287 to win by a commanding 11-shot margin.

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