Klein, Park win Queensland Amateur Championships

Doug Klein and Hye Park have taken out the Queensland Amateur Championship at Bribie Island’s Pacific Harbour course.

Klein, who was runner-up in last year’s event to Dylan Perry, beat New Zealand’s Inia Logan, 2&1, to secure his first top amateur title after another runner-up finish at the 2017 South Australian Amateur Classic.

Hye Park and Doug Klein Klein, Park win Queensland Amateur Championships (Credit: Golf QLD)

Klein had accounted for Kade McBride, 2&1, in their semi-final after Logan beat Lochie Coleborn by the same margin. The quarter final results saw Lochie Coleborn defeating John Lyras, 4&3, Inia Logan accounting for Jed Morgan 2&1 and Doug Klein beat William Heffernan, 1up, whilst Kade McBride beat Jackson Dick 2&1.

Hye Park certainly stole the show in the women’s championship.

Park, 14, has been based on the Gold Coast for a year having taken up the game in South Korea at the age of eight. Park beat Min Kweon, 1-up, in a see-sawing final played out in windy conditions. In the Semi-finals Min Kweon beat Ka Yeon Park 3&2, whilst Park beat Cassie Porter 5&4.

Earlier in the week Gold Coast golfers Becky Kay and Kade McBride won their respective Queensland Women’s and Men’s Stroke Play Championships. The stroke play format set the qualifiers for the championship proper with Charlie Dann, John Lyras, William Heffernan, Andrew Richards, Lochlan Coleborn, Louis Dobbelaar, Chris Crabtree, Jackson Dick, Inia Logan, Naoki Sekito, Douglas Klein, Connor McLachlan, Tyler Duncan, Jed Morgan and Joel Stahlhut all progressing to the match-play format.

In the women’s championship Grace Kim, Deedee-Taylah Russell, Lisa Edgar, Rhianna Lewis (Jnr), Momo Sugiyama, Ka Yeon Park, Alexandra Hilliard, Kono Matsumoto, Monica Johnson, Suenghui (Kerri) Bong, Mia Lines, Hye Park, Min Kweon, Gabriela Ruffels, and Cassie Porter all qualified.