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Southern's Brad Robb clean sweeps GMA golf championships

Monday 21, Oct 2019

Southern Golf Club General Manager, Brad Robb, has completed a remarkable clean sweep of the 2019 GMA National Conference golf championships, winning both the Ted Coker Championship Cup and Leon Thompson Memorial Trophy.

Played on the stunning Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club's North and South courses, conference delegates were given the opportunity to experience, first hand, the remarkable transformation at the Mornington Peninsula's famed sandbelt club by renowned Australian golf course architecture firm Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead, with a new multi-million dollar clubhouse designed by Demaine Partnership. 

Six years in the making, the Club is the most significant Sandbelt course redevelopment in Australia and was the result of an industry-leading merger between Kingswood Golf Club and Peninsula Country Golf Club.

With the field spread across both golf courses, and neither course showing any mercy for players, despite the benign wind conditions, Robb shot an impressive 2-under par 69 around the South Course, taking out the Leon Thompson Memorial Trophy with a Stableford score of 42 points, and also claiming the Ted Coker Championship Cup, awarded to the player with the best scratch Stableford score.

Making Robb's win all-the-more interesting was the fact that, despite showing good form in the lead up to the championships at various GMV events, he was overlooked for selection in the Victorian state team - a decision the Victorians would rue as they finished second to eventual State Team winners, New South Wales, by two points (see separate story).

Taking out the Billie Friedlander Trophy for best female Stableford score was Mount Coolum Golf Club's General Manager, Sharon Purnell, claiming the title for the third time in the past 10 years.

2019 GMA National Conference Golf Championships - Major Trophies

Billie Friedlander Trophy (Best Women's Stableford Score)
Sharon Purnell (Mount Coolum Golf Club) - 27 points
 
Leon Thompson Memorial Trophy (Best Men's Stableford Score)
Brad Robb (Southern Golf Club) - 42 points
 
Ted Coker Championship Cup (Best Scratch Stableford Score)
Brad Robb (Southern Golf Club) - 40 points

2019 GMA National Conference Golf Championships - Interstate Teams Event

Jack Merrick Memorial Trophy(Best 5 of 7 scores count)

1st - NEW SOUTH WALES

155 points

Brendan Ellam (28pts), Richard Hogg (32pts), Cameron Harvey (33pts), Trevor Harrison (28pts), David Lulham (29pts), Anthony Rosillo (21pts), Andrew Laplain (33pts)

2nd - VICTORIA 153 points
3rd - WESTERN AUSTRALIA 151 points
4th - SOUTH AUSTRALIA 150 points
5th - QUEENSLAND 146 points

2019 GMA National Conference Golf Championship - Other Results

SOUTH COURSE  
Individual Stableford - 1st Brad Robb (Southern Golf Club) - 42 points
Individual Stableford - 2nd Steven Freund (The Landings Club, USA) - 36 points
Individual Stableford - 3rd Rob McLean (Cumberland Golf Club) - 35 points
Sponsors - Best Stablefore Score John Halliwell (Schweppes) - 34 points
NTP - 3rd Hole Ben Casanelie (Barwon Heads Golf Club)
NTP - 9th Hole Stuart Tocher (Lion Co.)
NTP - 14th Hole Brad Robb (Southern Golf Club)
NTP - 17th Hole Jacob Harris (Royal Perth Golf Club)
Long Drive - Men Brett Nelson (The National Golf Club)
Long Drive - Women Ros Gray (Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club)
   
NORTH COURSE  
Individual Stableford - 1st Grace Thiry (Yarra Yarra Golf Club) - 41 points
Individual Stableford - 2nd Lindsay Bell (Heidelberg Golf Club) - 37 points
Individual Stableford - 3rd Karen Quinn (The Royal Sydney Golf Club) - 36 points
Sponsors - Best Stablefore Score Ross Haron (Transform Retail Projects) - 35 points
NTP - 2nd Hole James Woite (Gardiners Run)
NTP - 7th Hole Karen Quinn (The Royal Sydney Golf Club)
NTP - 14th Hole Aaron Muirhead (GMA Board)
NTP - 16th Hole Dan Northcott (Albany Golf Club)
Long Drive - Men Dan Northcott (Albany Golf Club)
Long Drive - Women Gracy Thiry (Yarra Yarra Golf Club)