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28 June 2017

Gents Club Championship Finals Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L- R – Fraser Craig, Ryan Wight, Garry McDonald, Drew Campbell

 

 

The 2017 Club Championship finals were played in windy conditions and the very fast greens made putting challenging for the players.

The Scratch Final was contested by former champion Drew Campbell and Garry McDonald who was playing in his first final. In the morning round Garry got off to a quick start and 1 under par for the first 3 holes saw him take an early 2 hole lead. Birdies at the 6th and 7th, along with pars at the 5th and 9th saw Drew take a 2 hole lead after 9 holes before Garry responded with 3 birdies in 5 holes to lead by 1 hole. A win for Drew at the 16th was matched by a win for Garry at the 18th leaving the Garry 1 up as the players ended the first round. After a quick lunch break, 2 birdies from Garry in the first 7 holes saw Drew falling 2 holes behind despite scoring level par for the first 6 holes but par at the 8th and 9th saw Drew again level the match. Another run of 2 under par for the first 5 holes of the back 9 gave Garry a 3 hole advantage with 4 holes to play but Drew hit back to win the 33rd and 34th.

The 35th hole was halved in par 3 after Drew missed a short birdie putt and a half on the 36th hole gave Garry his first Club Championship title after a high quality and closely fought match.

In the Handicap final, holder Ryan Wight faced Fraser Craig and it was Ryan who started well winning the first 3 holes in 1 under par. Fraser reduced the gap with a par 3 at the 5th  and the next 2 holes were shared in 1 under par with both players making birdie at the 7th. The 8th and 9th were halved before Ryan again went 3 up at the 10th, but Fraser hit back to win 3 out of the next 5 holes to square the match. A birdie at the 16th gave Fraser the lead for the first time but Ryan’s par at the 17th and par by both players at the 18th left the match all square at the lunch break.

Fraser won the 1st hole after lunch but failed to extend his lead by missing short putts to halve the 3rd and win the 5th hole after an excellent tee shot. The 6th to 10th holes were all halved leaving the tie all square with 8 to play and then Ryan won the 11th hole despite Fraser having a stroke. Fraser hit back with a winning birdie at the 12th but par at the 14th was enough for Ryan to again take a 1 hole lead. The 15th and 16th were halved with both players making birdie at the16th. When Ryan hit the green at the 17th and Fraser found a bunker it looked all over but the putting difficulties which both players had experienced, struck again. A 3 putt from Ryan opened the door for Fraser to take the match down the 36th hole but Fraser also took 3 putts to leave Ryan as Handicap Club Champion for the 2nd year running.