DUBBO’S Matthew Gleeson and Robert Payne of Duntryleague in Orange became the second pairing to be declared joint winners of the Parkes Open.
Despite having played one hole of the scheduled three hole playoff, officials were forced to declare them joint winners when conditions deteriorated after both players had difficulty in reading the greens.
The tournament was proudly sponsored by SCT Logistics.
Earlier Gleeson and Payne had returned rounds of 77 and 36 to finish seven shots over par after the scheduled 27 holes.
Just one shot behind was defending champion John Betland who missed a golden opportunity to win the event outright after he three putted two of the final three holes. But his three putts on the final hole in an attempt to force a three-way playoff was fatal.
After the initial 18 holes in which players had found the greens slick but very true, it was two greens in particular that were to determine the fate of many players – the par 3, 4th and the par 4, 9th.
On these holes pin placements were in precarious positions and with a large crowd gathered around the 9th green watching in awe it only added extra pressure to the players and extra excitement for the crowd.
After 18 holes Glenmore’s Andrew Robb held a one shot lead over Gleeson, Payne and Betland.
In the handicap section former Trundle and Parkes member Tim Burke, now playing out of the Pymble Golf Club, took out the 27 hole event with 105 nett, some six shots clear of The Coast’s Paul McFadyen.
In accepting the winner’s accolades at the presentation of trophies both Gleeson and Payne heaped praise on the Parkes club and the condition of the course when accepting their trophies from SCT Logistics national business development manager, Ross Powell. Both winners declared the event as the premier country tournament.
In the minor grade scratch events, Michael Lennox (Parkes) won B-grade with 86-40 126 from Jeff Carey (The Highlands) and in C-grade Neil Hamilton had 88 for the win.
Two golfers and ironically both from the Federal Golf Club in Canberra, Phil Van Bodegom and Michael O’Malley recorded hole-in-ones – Van Bodegom on the 11th and O’Malley on the 6th.
Another feature event, Saturday’s prelude event – the GWS Personnel 4BBBB stableford – was won by Parkes players Justin Sutton and Blake Parker on a countback from John and Steve Betland with three-under-par 39 points.
The Parkes Mensland Long Drive Championship saw Forbes golfer Steve Betland record a drive of 287 metres on the par 4, 8th hole.
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