Maria Woodward wins the 6th MGA Shield

Monday, November 19, 2012, 17:18

Female golfers dominated the sixth edition of the Malta Golf Association Shield which was sponsored by Nescafé Dolce Gusto and hosted at the Royal Malta Golf Club in Marsa. Golfer Maria Woodward was the overall winner with net scores of 63 and 69 giving her a comfortable two-shot lead over another female golfer – Hazel Halliday – and two juniors, Bernhard Abele and Mia Allsopp.


Twenty-eight women and 92 men signed up for the competition based on a two-day aggregate (handicapped) medal. This year’s tournament was characterised by two separate competitions according to the gender.


The women’s game commenced on Thursday 8th November whilst the men played theirs on Saturday 10th November. The players with the best 70 scores then played the final second day round on Sunday 11th November.
At the end of the first round, three players led the field with a net 63 – the above-mentioned, Maria Woodward together with Stefan Borg Manduca and Andy Borg. Andy in fact played gross 62 (six under for the course) – the best for the tournament – which was adjusted to a net 63 due to his +1 handicap. Unfortunately, Andy had other commitments which saw him fly out of the country on Sunday and thus, he was unable to play on the second day.


The main contenders after the first day and two shots behind Maria and Stefan were Chris Lewis and Mia Allsopp. At 13 years of age and in her first competitive season at the RMGC, Mia has the privilege of being the first ever girl golfer that has made it through the junior ranks in the Club’s 125 years of history.


The young lady showed her mettle on the second day and playing in the same flight as the other leaders managed to card in a net 69 for an aggregate of 134 enabling her to win the prize for the best youth golfer. Chris Lewis’ game however slowed down on the second day and his net 80 saw his name drop on the leader board.


Hazel Halliday’s and Bernhard Abele’s second day scores of 63 and 65 respectively, although valiant, were not sufficient to ensure the top prize as Maria and Stefan continued to play consistently and remained almost head-to-head for most of the last 18 holes. In fact, Maria ensured that her win was safe when Stefan’s ball went out of bounds on the last hole for the tournament.


Prizes were distributed during a well-attended buffet dinner organised to round off the tournament.
The full list of prize winners is outlined below (after count back; limit of one prize per player considerations and presentation attendance condition – where applicable).
Overall Winner: Maria Woodward
2nd Best net aggregate score from a lady player: Hazel Halliday
3rd Best net aggregate score from a lady player: Gina Turkington
Overall Best male player: Stefan Borg Manduca
2nd Best net aggregate score from a male player: Bernhard Abele
3rd Best net aggregate score from a male player: Quint Van Beek
4th Best net aggregate score from a male player: Michael Abele
Best net aggregate score from a youth golfer (21 years and under): Mia Allsopp
Best net aggregate score from a senior player (65 years and over): Maureen Borg
Best net score on Day 1 from a female player: Doreen Balzan
Best net score on Day 2 from a female player: Joanne Briffa
Best net score on Day 1 from a male player: Andy Borg
Best net score on Day 2 from a male player: Frank O’Lorcain


PS: This year’s tournament featured an addition of a small number of golfers that came especially to experience the RMGC. All hailing from the Belgrade Golf Club inSerbia, the visitors included Dragan Solak (President of the Serbian Golf Association), his wife and Goran Stanarevic (the Captain elect). As the MGA Shield is a ‘closed’ competition, the Serbian guests played their own little competition which was won by Aleksandar Stojilkovic.


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