For the first time women professional golfers have been playing alongside men at an Australian golf championship.
For the first time women professional golfers have been playing alongside men at an Australian golf championship. Top Australian golf professional Ted Ball went as far as to withdraw from the Victorian Open Golf Championship at Kingston Heath, Melbourne as a protest.
There was more controversy on Sunday (8 February) when Graham Marsh, waiting to putt for the match, complained about slow play at the final hole where Kel Nagle was putting out with top woman professional Jane Lock. Miss Lock won the women's section of the competition, and she also had a feminine answer for Marsh's complaints -- she gave him a kiss. It may have effected the usually reliable Marsh for he then three putted, causing a play-off with ex-British professional Guy Wolstenholme. Both men had shot 281 -- seven under par, but Wolstenholme who has applied for Australian citizenship got the better of Marsh in the three hole sudden death competition between them.
The win earned Wolstenholme, 4,000 Australian dollars (about 2,500 pounds sterling), and added to Marsh's disastrous run of luck on play-offs. He has finished level in eight major competitions only to lose the first prize seven times in play-offs.
Before the final round veteran Kel Nagle, the world's senior titleholder, was one stroke up but had a one over par final round of 73 and finished third.
SYNOPSIS: For the first time women professional golfers have been playing alongside men at an Australian golf championship. Top Australian golf professional Ted Ball went as far as to withdraw from the Victorian Open Golf Championships at Kingston Heath, Melbourne n protest, but veteran Kel Nagle, the world's seniors titleholder, was one who had no objections.
Graham Marsh, an Australian golfer who has won large sums of money in the Asian countries seemed set to win the competition in the final round on Sunday. The women professionals played alongside the men but were competing in their own women's section.
But Marsh's luck did not hold. Ex British professional Guy Wolstenholme was putting in a good final round and the controversy over the women players came to the fore again as Marsh waited tensely to putt at the last hole. He complained the leading woman player Jane Lock and partner Kel Nagle were too slow on the last green. Miss Lock had a feminine answer for Marsh but it might have had an effect on the usually reliable professional...Marsh then three putted on the crucial last hole causing a play off between him and Wolstenholme for the four thousand Australian dollar first prize.
Wolstenholme, who has applied for Australian citizenship, got the better of Marsh in the three hole "Sudden death" play off. Marsh has now finished level in eight major competitions only to lose first prize money seven times in play offs. An unruffled Miss Lock collected her trophy and prize money.