2015 NSW Open Report

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The NSW Open made a return to the Newington Armory after a 3 year hiatus. The original attendance forecast was for approximately 30 or more players, however this was well and truly exceeded with 46 players across 8 divisions.

The weather was meant to be warm and sunny most of the weekend and besides a very light sprinkle before play on Sunday morning it lived up to its expectation.

The weekend started with a bang at doubles on Friday, with 25 competitors and 32 degree heat. Patrick Robinson playing Cali came in with the early lead after 18 holes leading the field with a 42. The chase cards were Chris Finn/George Murdocca (44), Mark Strong/Rhys Kruger (46) and Rodney Weeks/Todd Nowack (46).

Chris Finn also carded a spectacular ace on the 86m hole 1 with the wind pushing his disc around.

Continuing with that good form Chris and George both managed to rein in Patrick (or was it Patricia?) during the 3 hole safari final to claim the NSW Doubles title by 1 stroke.

Round 1
Saturday morning came and the largest NSW Open field on record was eager to get started. 1st round scores showed a nice surprise at the top, with Joni Paasikallio, Chris Finn and MA1 player Simon Milliken all carding a 48 for the hot rounds of the morning.
MA2, a regular local but first time tournament player Ali Wood and Andrew Simms shot a 53 to take a decent lead into round 2.
MA4 Heino Kirschfeldt had a 3 stroke lead over Kalev-Kristjan Tamm.
MM1 Rodney Weeks had a comfortable lead over Steve Heaton
FA1 Sally Hill was playing well as the lone competitor in her division.
FA4 Monica Mills had a slender lead over Kirstin McMullan
MJ2 Will Heaton had a tidy lead over Cameron Upton.

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Round 2
Saturday afternoon got nearly as warm as the Friday doubles round by the end of round 2,
MPO – Martin Ryland-Adair came storming back into contention to take a 1 stroke lead with the hot tournament round of 45. Chris Finn 1 stroke back, Joni Paasikallio 1 more and Tim Marchbank 1 more stroke again.
MA1, Simon Milliken continued his hot form taking a 3 stroke lead over Kaspar Carr-Howard.
MA2, no one was catching Ali Wood taking an 8 stroke lead into the final day.
MA4, Kalev took control with a 2 point lead over Heino
MM1 Rodney continued to dominate Masters.
FA1 Sally knew what she wanted to win.
FA4 newcomer Kirstin really stepped up and took a 1 stroke lead into the Final day.
MJ2 – Will and Cameron were tight early, but then Will pulled away to a sizeable lead by the end of the round.

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Round 3
Sunday’s temperature was much cooler with some water on the ground from early morning rain.
MPO – Martin played consistently and kept a 4 stroke lead going into the Finals over Joni, Chris was 1 stroke back and Tim 4 strokes back again.
MA1 – Simon played very well finishing on -15 for the tournament to take out the win. Kaspar holding on to 2nd.
MA2 – Ali finished strongly to complete the win over Andrew Simms in 2nd place.
MA4 – Kalev stayed calm and brought home the title
MM1 – Rodney completed the 3 rounds with consistent shooting to take the title back to Indonesia!
FA1 – Sally wanted that oversized bottle of wine, and nothing was going to stop her!
FA4 – Monica kept it cool and won by 8 strokes over Kirstin.
MJ2 – Will Heaton won his first NSW Open Junior title. Well played!

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Joni and Chris both tried their best to reign in Martin and each had their chances, both had troubles on hole 6 and failed to capitalise. They still played brilliantly to come in 3 under during the finals, Joni especially making a 12m putt on the last hole to cement 2nd place. Martin using all his experience was able to play safe and consistently to bring home the win.

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Full results can be seen on the PDGA event page:


Thanks to everyone who attended, next year the NSW Open will be held in Jindabyne NSW. Hope to see you there!

Neil Roberts
Tournament Director
NSW Open 2015