Greg Sutherland, Blade Gadd, Peter Sutherland.
PENRITH GC hosted the 40th Penrith Open Amateur on Saturday 3rd September, with Penrith Major Pennant and Eric Apperly Shield Pennant representative Blade Gadd claiming this year’s Sutherland Cup title, in bitterly cold, damp and windy weather conditions.
From the original entry list of 244 players, just 183 hardy souls turned up on the day, braving the harsh combination of cold weather, rain and arctic winds.
The conditions would continue to take a toll on the field during the day, with only 150 players managing to complete their round.
Blade Gadd won the Sutherland Cup with a scratch score of 70, two shots ahead of fellow Major Pennant representative Jonah Metuangaro (Twin Creeks GC) in second spot on 72 c/b and Joshua Boaz (Moore Park GC) in third, also on 72, then Michael Organ 74 and Dale Hughes 75.
Peter Sutherland won the Watkins Bowl (Nett) trophy with 68, ahead of Phillip Gadd (Penrith GC) 69 c/b and Rowan Carthy (Penrith GC) 69.
The win by Blade is the third time in the past four years a member of the Gadd family has won the trophy, with older brother Josh winning in 2019 and father Jeff in 2021.