Micheluzzi, Kim top amateur OOM honours

Consistency has had its rewards for some of Australia’s best amateurs.

And the future of golf in this country does look to be in pretty good hands when you look at the final Orders of Merit for Golf Australia’s talented line-up of amateurs.

David Micheluzzi David Micheluzzi (Credit: Anthony Powter)

At the top of the tree were Sydney’s Grace Kim and Melbourne’s David Micheluzzi, who both tasted success and put in some extraordinary efforts to seal their respective categories.

Kim topped the women’s standings following wins at the Tasmanian Stroke Play and Tasmanian Amateur Championships, as well as five additional top-five placings in OOM events.

Kim outlasted Doey Choi, also of New South Wales, with Queenslander Becky Kay third for the second consecutive year.

Micheluzzi won the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne and the Victorian Amateur as well as finishing runner-up in the Australian Amateur and the WA Open.

Courtesy of his win in the WA Open, fellow Victorian Zach Murray vaulted into second place, with Canberra’s Josh Armstrong third.

As open-age events contribute to the girls’ OOM, Kim took those honours as well, with Australian Amateur champion Suzuka Yamaguchi, of Japan, second and Queensland’s Isabelle Taylor third, just pipping Perth’s Kirsten Rudgeley.

West Australian Connor McKinney won the boys’ OOM after finishing as medallist in the Australian Amateur and having two top-five finishes in the SA Junior Amateur and SA Junior Masters. Australian Boys’ Amateur champion Connor Fewkes, of Kalgoorlie, finished second, while Queenslander Lewis Hoath finished third with three OOM event wins.

Kim Burke, of NSW, won the women’s senior OOM for the second consecutive year after claiming three OOM titles. Burke edged out Helen Pascoe, of Victoria, while three-time winner Jacqui Morgan, of NSW was third.

Victoria’s Greg Rhodes took out the men’s senior OOM for the fourth consecutive year following five victories in OOM events, including the SA, Qld, WA and NT senior amateur crowns. The 2014 winner Gordon Claney, also of Victoria, finished second following his recent victory in the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur, with SA’s John Davey third.