QUEENSLAND and Australian representative Justice Bosio has virtually made the Keperra Bowl her own.
The 18-year-old, who will represent Australia at the Asia-Pacific Women’s Amateur in Thailand this month, won the inaugural women’s Keperra Bowl in 2020, finished runner-up in 2021 and last month captured her second Bowl at Keperra Country Golf Club in Brisbane.
“I do like the Keperra course,” said the quietly-spoken Caboolture GC member.
Bosio, who plays off +4.3, returned rounds of 69-73-70-72 for a 284 total – four-under par.
“I think consistency is the key to my game,” she said. “I hit fairways and greens and hopefully sink a couple of putts.
“I made a couple of bogeys on the back nine (12 and 16), but steadied and made a couple of pars to finish the round.”
Over the 72 holes, Bosio recorded 14 birdies, 49 pars, eight bogeys and only one double.
She finished three strokes clear of Haruhi Nakatani (Surfers Paradise), Shyla Singh (Southport) and Sarah Hammett (Emerald Lakes).
MEANWHILE, Lewis Hoath gave himself the ideal birthday present when he won the men’s Keperra Bowl.
Hoath, who plays out of RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, celebrated his 22nd birthday at the start of the week and added a new putter to his bag.
The flat-stick, a Scotty Cameron X5, made all the difference as the +3.2 marker fired rounds of 70-68-66-68 (272) to finish on 16-under par – two shots clear of NSW Golf Club’s Harry Bolton (69-65-71-69).
Brookwater’s Taj Egea and Redcliffe’s Tyler Duncan finished a further six strokes back.
“I got off to a good start when I eagled the first hole,” Hoath said. “That got the day going and I was three-under after nine holes.
“I got a new putter and I putted really well and I hit good drives on the par-5s.
“In fact, I played the par-5s good all week,” said Hoath, who was 17-under par on the par-5s alone.
“I have played Keperra every year since I was 15 and this year was the best I have driven the ball.
“At Keperra, you need to play it safe off the tee on the more challenging holes and then there are holes you can attack, added Hoath, a winner of the Queensland Amateur, SA Amateur and the Tasmanian Amateur.
He also had a stellar junior career winning the Gary Player Junior Classic and the Greg Norman Junior Masters.
His week at Keperra resulted in two eagles, 23 birdies, 38 pars, seven bogeys and two doubles.
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