Helping hand for Wittenoom Cup winner

By Grace Jones | posted on February 1, 2018

WITTENOOM Cup winner Noel Sewell has dedicated his unexpected win in the weekend’s golf tournament to his wife of 56 years, Gwen.

The 79-year-old said he had no expectation to win the cup when he entered.

“I thought I would maybe get the best gross; I’ve done that before at previous events,” he said.

“But I never thought for a second that I’d actually win the thing. I pulled it out of the bag.”

With more than 50 years spent on the golf course, Sewell said there was one underlying factor in his many championship wins.

“My wife Gwen has been my biggest supporter. We’ve been married for 56 years and she always supports me playing,” he said.

“I have to dedicate my win to her. I wouldn’t have done it without her never-ending support.”

Albany Golf Club’s Ian Redmond said the former Tambellup player’s performance was a significant event for both the club and for Sewell.

“Noel finished with 144 after his seven handicap, which is a big achievement,” he said.

“His gross was 75 and there’s not a lot of players around that can say that they won an event by shooting their age.”

Veteran player Kim Sounness came in a close second at 144 after Sewell’s strong performance during Sunday’s competition.

The ladies competition saw Walpole’s Hes Anderson with a 147 to win the cup, while Katanning’s Tracey Keown came a close second with 148 and Denmark’s Maria Amesz with 149 and third.

Redmond said the next big event for Albany Golf Club will be on the March long weekend.

“We’re taking registrations for the Albany Classic on March 3 and 4,” he said.

“It’s always a big event and it will be good to see returning players from other clubs.”