6 May 2024

Field makes it four as Slade ends Brewer's Open reign

| Lyndon Keane
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A-grade gross and nett winner Matt Slade watches his putt drop to finish a strong second round of the 2024 Weipa Goodline Open. Photo: Lyndon Keane.

Matt Slade is the first fresh A-grade men’s competitor to get his hands on the Weipa Goodline Open silverware in more than three years after claiming a thrilling one-stroke victory over Warren Brewer at Carpentaria Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.

Brewer was aiming for a four-peat in the 2024 edition of the 36-hole stroke competition, but was unable make up the two-shot round one gap between himself and Slade, with the latter carding rounds of 81 and 77.

Slade said he was happy to turn the tables on Brewer after finishing second the past few times he had competed in the event.

“He was in the group ahead of us, so I didn’t know how he was playing, but they were telling me ‘he’s doing good’,” he said.

“I didn’t really check anything until the last couple of holes; I got to the 18th and had a 30-footer and got that in two putts [for par], so I was happy with that.

“I just had to hold it together.”

Jamie Hutton recorded nett rounds of 72 to secure the A-grade men’s nett honours and cap off a strong three days of competition after winning the Survivor Golf qualifying round on 3 May.

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Nett rounds of 70 and 76 were enough to hand Danny Bradley the A-grade nett runner-up chocolates.

In the women’s A-grade, Mossman golfer Michelle Field made it four on the trot after dominating the field to secure a stunning 22-stroke gross win over runner-up Shirley Carney with rounds of 80 and 82.

The pair’s performance also handed them A-grade nett winner and runner-up honours respectively.

Reigning A-grade women’s champion Michelle Field makes it for in a row as she putts out on the 18th on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Lyndon Keane.

Field praised the Weipa course and said while she was thrilled with her winning streak, it was more about returning to the township to renew bonds made during the event.

“The course is always tough and challenging, but the greenkeepers do a great job for the conditions they have to deal with,” she said.

“Winning four in a row is an achievement I’m proud of, but it’s more about returning to Weipa each year and catching up with the friends we have made over the years.”


Player name (round one, round two: total)

A-grade men gross winner
Matt Slade (81, 77: 158)
A-grade men gross runner-up
Warren Brewer (83, 76: 159)
A-grade men nett winner
Jamie Hutton (72, 72: 144)
A-grade men nett runner-up
Danny Bradley (70, 76: 146)

B-grade men gross winner
Scott Andrews (88, 93: 181)
B-grade men gross runner-up
Dave Frieberg (90, 92: 182)
B-grade men nett winner
Jeremy Carter (76, 73: 149)
B-grade men nett runner-up
Warren Flegg (73, 77: 150)

C-grade men gross winner
Taps Machaya (91, 95: 186)
C-grade men gross runner-up
Leigh Allender (94, 101: 195)
C-grade men nett winner
Peter Lamond (68, 73: 141)
Chris Hamill (73, 68: 141)
C-grade men nett runner-up
Taps Machaya (70, 74: 144)

A-grade women gross winner
Michelle Field (80, 82: 162)
A-grade women gross runner-up
Shirley Carney (90, 94: 184)
A-grade women nett winner
Michelle Field (76, 78: 154)
A-grade women nett runner-up
Shirley Carney (76, 80: 156)

B-grade women gross winner
Helen Sabatino (100, 98: 198)
B-grade women gross runner-up
Kindee Lawly (95, 105: 200)
B-grade women nett winner
Kindee Lawly (63, 73: 136)
B-grade women nett runner-up
Helen Sabatino (80, 78: 158)

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