Margaret River’s golfing talents collect big wins

Bright stars: Sarah Roddy and Nick Liebenberg at the Margaret River Golf Club, where the pair have both brought home sought after trophies this year. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Bright stars: Sarah Roddy and Nick Liebenberg at the Margaret River Golf Club, where the pair have both brought home sought after trophies this year. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Two of Margaret River’s brightest golfing talents are celebrating some impressive trophy wins over the past few months. Sarah Roddy won the South West District Ladies Championship and the Champion of Champions of 2017, as well as the Margaret Ladies 2018 Tournament. Competing in Harvey over 36 holes for the SWC title, Roddy said the “beautiful little course” was a challenge against players from all over the South West.

“I hadn’t played very much in the lead up, there was another girl in the lead playing very well, but unfortunately had a rough day on the second and my day went well so I could secure the win.”

Roddy played golf for many years in New Zealand before arriving in the region about 4 years ago, said she relished the chance to get back into the sport after long breaks raising her family.

“I love this course, it is paradise,” she said. “We are so lucky we get to play here, everyone is lovely and it is an easy place to slot into as a relative newcomer to the area.”

Eighteen year old Margaret River SHS student Nick Liebenberg is in his final year of school, but managed to find the time to take first place in the Bunbury Club Championships in late August.

Competing against players with far more playing years on him, Liebenberg was the youngest person to take to the course with just six years experience to his name.

“I want to go to the USA next year and try to get into a college over there, and then hopefully try to play professionally and get on the PGA tour,” he said. 

“I have my final exams in about five weeks and then I’ll be able to get back to practicing every day on the course.”

The week’s results – This week’s Veterans competition saw Alan Dale in first place with 20pts, Brien Taylor came in second place on 19pts and third went to Ken Miles on 18c/b pts.  Doris Arthur and Shirley Becker sponsored the Wednesday Women’s 18-hole Stableford, where first was Joan Ross on 39pts, second Wendy Chidgey on 38pts and third was Sharon Thompson on 35pts. The ‘4 Amigos’ sponsored the Thursday Men’s Scroungers 18-hole Stableford, which had Mick Herbert first on 44pts, followed by Ray Mann on 40pts and Lincoln Reemeyer on 38c/b pts. Friday’s mixed 9-hole stableford saw First Man going to Terry Haywood on 17pts, First Woman Barbara Webster on 18pts and Overall Third to Kevin Parker on 16c/b pts. Saturday’s weather was great for the Men’s 18-hole Stoke Monthly Mug Event sponsored by Leeuwin Estate. We saw Bruce Stewart first on 69, Larry Dejong second on 72c/b and third was Bill Fiddian on 72c/b.  Sunday’s 18-hole mixed Ambrose 2’s was sponsored by Laurie & Ray Baker and saw Jackie Dickson and Marc Dickson in first place on 61.75, Gary Wightman and Robert Young in second on 64.5 and third to Dave Noske and Roslyn Cummings on 65.