Last gasp win
Thursday, 21st July, 2011
Trevor Henderson has won the Broken Hill Open A-Grade golf championship for the third time, and he’s done it in spectacular style.
After getting off to a reasonable start on day one, Henderson had to hold off a challenge from defending champion Jamie Greeney.
He finished the two-day competition with rounds of 76 and 79 (155) across 36 holes, but admitted he thought he had blown his chance on the second day of play.
“On the second round I got in a couple of bunkers, one of them ended up being a triple bogey ... I could feel it slipping away,” he said.
The poor play was forgotten on the last hole however as Henderson sunk a massive three-metre putt to score a birdie and take the lead.
“I didn’t think I was going to make it because of the difficult pin placement, I was just hoping for par,” he said.
“But it was one of those putts where as soon as you hit it, it’s online, and it held its line all the way.”
Later in the day Greeney had a chance to equal the score on his last hole and force a play off, but his birdie putt fell agonisingly short, leaving him stranded on a score of 156.
It was a great finish to the Open, and it was good to see our club’s best players hold out some very good visiting golfers to keep the Dave Bennett Shield in town.
The B-Grade title left the city with former club member Andrew Rowe, who now plays at Northbridge golf club in Sydney.
The son of popular identity Graham Rowe, Andrew finished on 164 from David Lithgow on 166.
Lithgow had to earn the runner-up title the hard way - via a play off against Cameron MacKay.
Either one of these players deserved the title, but Dave must be feeling very happy with his game after being absent from the sport for a long period of time with injuries.
As for Cameron, he will take this experience into the coming championships.
The C-Grade title went to Terry Ellice on 179, four strokes ahead of visiting Coomealla golfer Shane Wilmore on 183.
Ellice played two very consistent rounds of golf over and welcomed his return to form at the right time after some very ordinary scores in normal competitions.
It will be very interesting to see if Terry can continue this good form into the next few weeks.