John, Green win Victorian Amateur titles

Commonwealth’s Cameron John and Western Australian Hannah Green have won their respective 2015 Men’s and Women’s Victorian Amateur Championships at the Commonwealth Golf Club.

John produced a stellar display of golf with the 16-year-old defeating Metropolitan’s David Micheluzzi, 6&4. Whilst Green defeated Victoria’s Stephanie Bunque 3&2.

The victory caps off a fantastic season for John with wins at the Argentine Amateur, Victoria Boys, Asia-Pacific Junior, Tasmanian Junior, Tamar Valley Junior, and Victorian Junior titles.

“It’s been a great year results wise for me,” said John.

“I feel in a way yes, it’s been my breakout year, but I know there is a lot more to go. It’s definitely the best golf I’ve ever played [winning the Victorian Amateur], to go 24-under overall anywhere is pretty impressive, especially at two of my favourite courses in Kingston Heath and Commonwealth.”

Cameron John Cameron John (Credit: Anthony Powter)

John will prepare for Australia’s highest ranked and major amateur championship, the Australian Master of the Amateurs, after having gained an exemption to the event which kicks off on January 2nd at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Green was also equally pleased with winning one of the most sought after amateur titles on the Australian circuit.

“I don’t think it’s sunk yet,” enthused Green, “I’ve been working quite hard the past few months, so it’s good to have it pay off. I’m sure I’ll realise tonight that I’ve won.”

The Victorian Men’s & Women’s Amateur Championships are the most prestigious amateur events on the Golf Victoria’s calendar. First played in 1894 (Women) & 1899 (Men), the tournament’s history has seen many greats claim the title.

The Men’s event has now produced 68 separate winners including players such as Ivo Whitton, Harry Williams, five time British Open Champion Peter Thomson; Australia’s first British Amateur Champion Doug Bachli, Tom Crow and noted professionals Mike Clayton, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley and Marcus Fraser.

The women’s event boast winners such as Mona MacLeod, Susie & Shirley Tolhurst, Burtta Cheney, Margaret Masters, Sandra McCaw, Lindy Goggin, Jane Lock, Louise Briers, Jane Crafter, Stacey Keating and more recently Su-Hyun Oh.