History was made at the Cardinal Logistics Whitford Park ProAm over the weekend with the first female winner since the introduction of the mixed field events. Granted, it was a tie for first place, but a win nonetheless. The joint winners of the event were Momoka Kobori and Harry Bateman. Bateman started the day with a 4 shot lead over Kobori.

Kobori started with a bogey but made 3 birdies to turn at 2 under while Bateman mixed in 2 birdies with 2 bogeys to turn at even par. Neither knew where the other stood so it was a matter of play what was in front of you and try to get to the finish line first.

Unfortunately Bateman stumbled, making bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes before a par on the last to sign for +1 72 and an 8 under total. Kobori on the other side of the course made a crucial birdie on the 8th hole (her 17th) and signed for a -3 68 and an 8 under total.

Dongwoo Kang, Tae Koh, and Kieran Muir all tied for third place with a total of 7 under. Koh had the round of the day with a -6 65, while Kang and Muir shot 67 and 68 respectively.

Whitford Park once again turned on a stunner of a weekend for the players and with 29 pros shooting under par they didn’t disappoint those that came out to support the event. It was a brilliant start to the 2021 season with the next Pro Am on 25th January with the Guthrie Bowron 125th Birthday Hastings Pro Am.