Sunday the 27th of November saw the top men qualifiers from
Thursday and Saturday turn up to try their luck at winning the 2011
shootout. The weather gods certainly smiled on the finalists
and their supporters.
With players starting on the 1st and 2nd hole in a 12-man
shootout format where the player with the worst net from each group
is eliminated on each hole. In the event of a tie on a hole a
sudden death playoff is conducted.
Considering how nervous the players looked, the first tee shots
were mostly of very good quality. A pull shot off the tee saw the
series sponsor Peter Anderson in trouble from the get go which
unfortunately he was unable to recover from. We're sure given his
competitive spirit Banana Pete will be back next year to make
Players kept dropping out on each hole and supporters watched an
interesting 25ft putt play-off on the 6th hole for the Thursday
group. David Blacke putting to 2ft, looked assured of staying in
the competition before been eliminated by 3 others putting their
balls just a little closer to the hole.
Bill Anstis was out midway through the comp with some
"different" golf, while Ben Dixon playing excellent golf leading
into the shootout stumbled on the first hole of the 2nd round.
Brian Benjamin not liking his putter decided to try and chip-in
several times on the second green and was eliminated. The shootout
progressed to the 4th hole, with Stu McFadyen, Richard Young, Klaus
Niermann, Craig Griffin, Bruce Simister and Paul Thomson remaining.
Bruce hit the green and 2 others hit into the greenside bunker. Stu
failed to recover while Craig made a miracle 3 with 2 shots for a
net 1! So again a sudden death playoff was necessary, Richard,
Klaus and Bruce needing to play out of the top left hand
bunker. With "interesting" bunker shots it was Paul that
joined Stu as a spectator.
By now quite a crowd had gathered on the 5th tee and all were
suitably impressed with Richard and Klaus's tee shots whilst Craig
and Bruce looked in trouble. Bruce couldn't get up and down so was
dropped. Craig was all but out, with his ball on the edge of the
bunker on the 4th green. With one
foot in and one foot out, he hacked his ball over the path, through
the grass and slightly up the hill by the 7th green. He then
chipped down to 12ft while Klaus and Richard surveyed their par and
birdie putts. Richard missed his putt and settled for a nett 4 and
Klaus had a 2 putt nett par. With the pressure on Craig nailed
a right to left slider for a brilliant nett 3.
We had our finalists.
From the 6th tee Craig sliced his tee shot over to the 7th,
Klaus piped his drive down the middle. Griff slapped a 5 wood
trough the trees back onto the 6th fairway, the branches still
clacking after his ball landed. Klaus drilled a lovely 2nd, which
just drifted into the right hand rough. Klaus then played a lovely
shot to the green, pitched not far from pin but unfortunately
rolled 20ft past.
Craig after his Holy Grail recovery on the previous hole, calmly
pitched his ball pin high, and with a little back spin stopped the
ball 9ft left of the hole. Klaus putted first, a nice putt,
which shaved the cup and stopped a few feet away. Craig lined up
his putt, bangs his putt with decent pace, the hole gets in the way
and he lands his birdie and wins in dramatic fashion.
A great finish to a most enjoyable day, congratulations to Craig
and Klaus for making the final and Craig for his win.
Commiserations to all other players, next year is another
opportunity. And finally thanks again to Peter Anderson and Mr
McGregors Fruit and Vege Shop for continued sponsorship and support
and we do appreciate this contribution.