2024 Sanwell Cottesloe Open to Nathan Barbieri

13th May 2024

With: Phil Ryan

Final leaderboards:  Sanwell Cottesloe Open.         Sanwell Senior Invitational
PGA Australia Final Report

NSW Professional Nathan Barbieri has won the 2024 Sanwell Cottesloe Open in a pulsating finish with 13-under 131 (67, 64), winning by a shot from Cottesloe’s Curtis Luck second with 132 (65, 67). It was the 76th running of the second longest consecutively running Professional Tournament in Western Australia and delivered more great moments to add to the great history of the tournament.

Hole by hole for leaders that saw five different players lead at some stage in a pulsating round 2 Sunday 12 May

It took a new course record 64 for Nathan Barbieri to land the win, a late eagle on 17 getting him to the lead for the first time in a day of fluctuating fortunes where at various stages the winner Nathan Barbieri, Curtis Luck (2nd), Braden Becker (3rd), Josh Greer (T4) and Connor Fewkes (8th) held an outright or shared lead.
Understandably the biggest on course gallery was out with the final group following the fortunes of local hero and treasured Cottesloe Golf Club member Curtis Luck who has strode the Cottesloe fairways since the age of ten on the way to his US Amateur win in 2016 and professional career since.

The winner 27-year-old Nathan Barbieri had finished in the third last group with a solid two putt par on 18 securing a new course record 64 and had to wait the outcome of the following Curtis Luck. Luck was out in 34 and birdies on 13, 14, 15 put him into a strong position with the drivable par four 16th and par five 17th to come.  A wide drive on 16 saw a tree issue pin high but an amazing ‘Curtis’ recovery saw him just miss a birdie from 12 feet. A fairway bunker on par five 17th prevented reaching in two but a great pitch to six feet then saw the birdie lip out.A great drive and pitch on 18 saw one final chance to tie from 12 feet but the birdie slid by and a watching Nathan Barbieri the winner and avoiding what would have been the third consecutive sudden death playoff in the tournament.

Nathan Barbieri knows how to finish strong. The PGA report HERE details how he finished birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle to get into a three-way playoff at last Months Challenger PGA Tour of Australia Qualifying final stage and then won in a three-hole playoff.That win will get him a start at the next Australian Open, Australian PGA and New Zealand Open and great Nathan will have the Cottesloe Open on his win sheet going forward.

Sanwell Senior Invitational for the Lyndsay Stephen Trophy to Jason Norris


A field of 10 invited starters contested the Sanwell Senior Invitational for a purse of $10,000 which form parts of the PGA Australia Legends Tour and played in conjunction. Overnight leader Jason Norris was a clear winner by 7 shots with 5-under 139 (68, 71) from Tim Elliott 146 (70, 76) and defending champion Brendan Chant 146 (75, 71).
Since 2014 a  great feature of the Cottesloe Open has been the attendance and participation of some great senior professional names, contesting  the Sanwell Cottesloe Senior Invitational section within the event. Popular Professional Lyndsay Stephen passed on  25 February 2021 aged 64 years and is commemorated with the winner of the Senior Invitational being awarded the Lyndsay Stephen Memorial Trophy since 2021. Lyndsay was a popular figure in the Golf Industry and a decades-long supporter of the Cottesloe Open. Chrissie Fast, the partner of the late Lyndsay Stephen, was again  along as a guest to present the Lyndsay Stephen Trophy to the winner Jason.

Leading Amateur: Kelly Rogers Medal to Josiah Edwards

The leading amateur title is a sought after honour within the tournament. Our 2024 Men’s State Team were all playing, just back from theInterstate Series that finished in Southport Queensland on Wednesday 8 May. WA State Captain Connor Fewkes (Goldfields) was in command to the turn before the birdies dried up and a closing 37 saw him finish a shot behind Josiah Edwards (Gosnells) who wore a double bogey 6 on 10 but finished with birdies 14, 15 and 17 to secure the win by a shot with 9-under 135 (68, 67) from Connor Fewkes 8-under 136 (66, 70).

Cottesloe Golf Club’s Course Graham Marsh Masterplan completed

The other ‘winner’ on the weekend was the Cottesloe Golf Club Course, presented in immaculate condition by Superintendent Des Russell and his great team. The completion of the Graham Marsh Masterplan over the summer of 2023/2024 sees our course with 18 immaculate 777 Bent greens and a course that clearly rewards good golf as the scoring showed, while still having challenges particularly if missing or not finishing on the right portion of the greens. 
Graham Marsh had completed his great amateur career at Cottesloe 1964-1968, Club Champion four times and remains a proud Cottesloe Honorary member today. Graham was awarded honorary membership in 1977 and in 2023 he was recognised for his 50 years of combined CGC membership. 
As the pictures in gallery following show, Graham has remained very CGC connected. and members and visitors grateful for the great progressive job done and implemented by hard working staff and office bearers over 25 years.

Course Records flow at the Sanwell Cottesloe Open for men and women

Cottesloe Open winner Nathan Barbieri with 131 (67, 64) was just a shot away from the tournament low of 14-under 130 shot in our Centenary Year of 2008 by Andrew McKenzie and equalled David Bransdon’s 131 in 2017.
Leading Amateur Josiah Edwards with 9-under 135 also just a shot away from Brody Ninyette’s winning 134 in 2008.The field shot 21 sub-70 scores on Saturday and 20 sub-70 scores on Sunday, enjoying a course in great condition and weather to match. With a drivable par 4 16th and all four par fives reachable by the power hitters the field delivered a stunning 11 eagles Saturday and 19 on Sunday, to give our club’s annual eagle total a massive boost!

The completion of the final stages of the Graham Marsh Masterplan saw the full course reopen for play in April 2024. Cottesloe Golf Club recognises updated Course Records after significant changes and the 2024 Sanwell Cottesloe Open saw new records established as follows:

Cottesloe Golf Club Course Records established at the 2024 Sanwell Cottesloe Open
Sat 11 May (Women) Kathryn Norris 69 New Course Record
Sun 12 May (Women) Jess Whitting 68 New Course Record
Sat 11 May (Men) Braden Becker 65 New Equal Course Record
Sat 11 May (Men) Curtis Luck 65 New Equal Course Record
Sun 12 May (Men) Nathan Barbieri 64 New Course Record

Happily our two women PGA players competing  Kathryn Norris T17 139 (69, 70) and Jess Whitting T22 with 140 (72, 68) were welcome participants in the tournament and collected prize money for their finishes. Playing from the full red tee course in compliance with the PGA pro-Am Series rules, they also established new women’s course records of 69 Saturday for Kathryn and 68 on Sunday for Jess. It was nice symmetry for Kathryn, being a previous course record holder back in 2016, also with 69, when she was the medallist in the WA Women’s Amateur Championship and Jess Whitting was the WA Women’s Amateur Champion in the same tournament and took over the new record from Kathryn on Sunday.

For our men Braden Becker and Curtis Luck created a new record of 65 on Saturday in round 1 and our winner Nathan Barbieri lowered that to 64 on Sunday in delivering his one-shot win.

Cottesloe Golf Club Course Records established at the 2024 Sanwell Cottesloe Open
Sat 11 May (Women) Kathryn Norris 69 New Course Record
Sun 12 May (Women) Jess Whitting 68 New Course Record
Sat 11 May (Men) Braden Becker 65 New Equal Course Record
Sat 11 May (Men) Curtis Luck 65 New Equal Course Record
Sun 12 May (Men) Nathan Barbieri 64 New Course Record


With darkness a threat and Curtis Luck having holeable birdie putts on 17 and 18, it looked like a playoff was going to be on for the third straight year. However Curtis couldn’t find the hole, a slow lipout on 17 particularly close, and the cards were all submitted and presentations were conducted.
Cottesloe Men’s Captain Graeme Finlayson assisted by the major sponsor Fred McMurray of Sanwell Plumbing and Civil and PGA WA Membership Manager Brendon Allenby conducted the presentations.
Cottesloe Golf Club grateful for the ongoing support and relationship with the WA PGA and in turn Brendon Allenby presented an appreciation plaque to the Club.

Full winners list follows:

2024 Sanwell Cottesloe Open
Winner  Nathan Barbieri (NSW) 131 (67, 64)
Second Curtis Luck (WA) 132 (65,67)
2024 Sanwell Senior Invitation for the Lyndsay Stephen Trophy
Winner Jason Norris 139 (69, 71)
Leading Amateurs
Kelly Rogers Medallist Josiah Edwards (Gosnells) 135 (68, 67)
Runner-Up Connor Fewkes (Goldfields) 136 (66, 70)
Best Saturday Zach Capelli (RFGC) 71
Runner-up Tom Addy (Joondalup) 71
Best Sunday Ollie Marsh (Wanneroo) 70
Runner-up Michael Hanrahan Smith (Cottesloe) 71

Presentation Gallery:

A big thank you to all who played, contributed as sponsors, volunteered on course and starters and just attended a fabulous 2024 Sanwell Cottesloe.

A special thank you to our hard-working CEO Tracey-Lea Tiley and her hard working staff across the board.Lots of public and behind the scenes work over many months go into the event.
Tracey-Lea and the Editor Phil Ryan never going to win the Cottesloe Open but happy to be briefly pictured with the treasured trophy. Our thanks also to our member Chris Paino for the great photos at presentations and throughout the tournament.




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