April 17, 2024

Lee, Morgan Claim Concord Cup

Queenslander Lincoln Morgan and Concord’s Grace Lee have emerged victorious in the Concord Cup over the weekend.

Yerin Kim of Strathfield Golf Club took an early lead on Thursday with an exceptional six under par round of 68, giving her a two-shot advantage.

Lee, however, surged ahead after the second round, posting consecutive rounds of 71 to reach six under par. Four players trailed two shots behind, including Yerin Kim, Belinda Ji (Concord GC), Michelle Bang (Concord GC), and freshly crowned Women’s NSW Amateur Champ Godiva Kim (Hope Is GC), were all within two shots of the lead.

The final round evolved into a captivating back-and-forth duel between Lee and Godiva Kim. Lee maintained a two-shot lead at the halfway mark at nine under par. However, Kim rallied with birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, overtaking the local star. Lee wasn’t finished though and responded with two birdies in the last three holes. the duo finishing in a tie at 10 under.

In a dramatic sudden death playoff, Lee secured victory with a par on the third playoff hole

“We couldn’t even guess who would win,” said Lee.

“We went into the third play- off hole with one birdie each. Godiva missed the second shot when it fell into the bunker, so I safely took my second shot and made a par. Godiva ended with a bogey, but she played so well, and we were so happy to have such a great experience,” she added.  

Ann Jang of NSW GC clinched third place in a countback over Belinda Ji. Jang was propelled by an outstanding course-record round of 66 (eight under par) in the third round.

In the men’s division, 2023 NSW Amateur Medallist, Lincoln Morgan (Royal Queensland GC) led after the opening round following a five under par 65 to hold a one-shot advantage. A three under par second round on Friday extended his lead by two shots from Coby Carruthers (Concord GC), who posted a second round four-under 67.

The final round was a frenetic affair with several players making late charges. Kade Webber (Stonecutters Ridge GC) and Blake Phillips (Concord GC), both initially eight shots behind, were tied for the lead at nine under par through 17 holes.

Sadly, neither of them could grab a what would have been a vital final hole birdie, Webber’s par on the 18th was good enough for final-round nine-under par 62 and the new amateur course record. Phillips, sadly, bogeyed the last to fiinish at eight under, which dropped him into third place.

After starting nearly an hour and a half earlier than the leaders, Webber had a long wait to see if Morgan or anyone else could catch up. Ultimately, the wait proved fruitless with Morgan’s birdies on holes 11, 13, and 15 propelling him to victory with a winning score of 10 under par (203), after rounds of 66, 68, and 69.

“I’m very happy with the win after leading all week, it felt nice to finish it off especially with some good players chasing behind me,” Morgan said.

“I didn’t get off to a very good start be two over through three holes. I had lost the solo lead with two soft bogeys, but then chipped in on three, which shifted the momentum back my way.

“After making bogey on eight, I was on the back foot again and said to my caddy let’s not make any more bogeys for the rest of the round. I then proceeded to make four birdies and no bogeys, so doing it when it mattered really felt good.”

Webber finished one shot back with nine under par, while Phillips, on eight under par secured third place on countback against Jye Halls (NSW GC), who progressively improved with rounds of 71, 68, and 66.

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