A couple of past champions bowed out and a couple of favourites flexed their muscles as the match play phase of the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur began today in South Australia.
The top three seeds advanced to the quarter-finals at Sandy Creek, but on a day of some surprises, fourth seed Lynne Brown was upstaged by Tammy Hall, with the Tasmanian a convincing 4&3 winner.
In another shock, Robyn Boniface had her championship defence scuppered by fellow New Zealander Brigit Holford, who prevailed 3&2.
West Australian Sharon Dawson took out another past champ in Robyn Puckett, while seven-time winner Robyn Donohoe pushed hard, but eventually fell 2&1 to Jane Wall.
But at the top end of the seedings, medallist Kim Burke, of New South Wales, was a comfortable 8&7 winner against Shirley Van Der Brugghen after being two under through seven holes.
“I think Shirley was a bit nervous early and I got off to a really good start,” Burke said.
Pre-tournament favourite and third seed Sue Wooster also made a strong statement, beating Alex Belonogoff 8&6 on the back of some ultra-consistent golf with her only lost hole a result of the Queenslander’s lone birdie.
“I made 12 pars in my 12 holes, so played very steadily,” Wooster said.
Second seed and past champ Jacqui Morgan was pushed to the brink by Kiwi Debbie McCallum, but prevailed 1-up.
“It was a tough match, very tight and we both played well,” the NSW ace said.
Fifth seed Helen Pascoe, of Victoria, was also stretched by Kiwi Jill Morgan, but kicked clear late to salute 3&1.
“We both played well, but Jill missed a couple of crucial putts towards the end which was the difference,” Pascoe said.
The quarter-finals will be played tomorrow morning.