Ashley Whitehouse back on top

Ashley Whitehouse was keen to get a win on the board in the Opens in 2018 and did so with a runaway victory by nine shots at the weekend.

Ashley Whitehouse ran away with the Red Cliffs Open title at the weekend by nine strokes.

Ashley Whitehouse ran away with the Red Cliffs Open title at the weekend by nine strokes.

Whitehouse’s opening round of 74 saw him go to sleep on Saturday night with a three-shot lead over Andrew Stewart on 77 with Brendan Dean, Troy Germain and Cameron Stewart all next best on 79 with the hope of chasing down the five-shot deficit on day two at Red Cliffs.

That didn’t happen, and the class of Whitehouse saw him extend his lead by shooting a par-72 to create a nine-shot gap from runners-up Mark Hann, whose rounds of 80 and 75 saw him pip Stewart (79-76) in a countback.

Next best were Brendan Rowse (81-75) and Dean (79-80).

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