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Final Scores: 1956 NSW Open Championship

Final scores of the 1956 NSW Open Championship. The last played under ‘close’ format.

Moss Vale’s Frank Phillips won by a comfortable seven shots over Pymble”s Kel Nagle in the 72 hole stroke event played at Concord Golf Club.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported his win as “The best aggregate score of his career,” at the time. Phillips was an assistant professional at Concord at the time.

Several well-known names of the time were also in the mix, including Sid Cowling and Eric Cremin, who tied for third place. Cremin started the final day just a shot behind Phillips, but his morning round of 72 saw him drop to four behind. His afternoon round of 77 all but extinguished his chances.

The Herald also observed Phillip’s game had improved markedly following his recent overseas tour, noting how he hit his tee and iron shots much lower into the westerly wind. This was something Phillips acknowledged after the event saying he lad learned a great deal on how to handle the windy conditions during his tour of England and the Continent.

Pos PlayerState/ NatR1R2R3R4Tot+/-
1F PhillipsNSW74 68 68 69279 -5
2K NagleNSW7275 67722862
3S CowlingNSW78 7172 682895
4E CreminNSW72 7172772927
5C BarnesNSW7973 717229511
6C A JohnstonNSW7374737829814
7J S MoranNSW7476767329915
J McKinnonNSW8074737229915
9P K Langham (a)NSW7875737430016
10B H Warren (a)NSW7774737830218

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