Three-way countback decides winners

Winners Peter Magill (left) and Warren Blatch (right) with sponsor Robert Cheney.

Winners Peter Magill (left) and Warren Blatch (right) with sponsor Robert Cheney.

Last Saturday’s Parkes Golf Club 18-hole four-ball-best-ball, sponsored by All Settlers Motor Inn, saw a three-way tie at the top with a countback required to determine the victors.

Competing for the Keith Mill and Keith Cusack Memorial trophies, a superior back nine holes saw Peter Magill and Warren Blatch come out on top to win the day.

Magill and Blatch were matched by Vince Kelly and Mick Dellaca, and Victor Gaidzionis and Rob Lea, all on 45 points.

Magill and Blatch were followed by Kelly and Dellaca, with Gaidzionis and Lea in third.

Other ball winners included Rod Luyt and John Pearce (44); Jarrad Kent and Tim Baker (43); Riall Harrison and Justin Sutton, Steve Simpson and Ross Smith, and John Green and Tom Casey (42).

Blatch’s blistering round of 43 individual points saw him win the Keith Cusack Memorial, three points clear of Mick Dellaca on 40.

Wayne Parker may be forgiven for feeling a little disappointed when his tee shot on the Idle-rite/Tyrepower 1st hole only finished 337cm from the pin after his last attempt ended in the hole.

Jarrod Kent won both the Griffins Leading Edge 4th hole and the money hole award when his tee shot came to rest at 368cm.

Mick Dellaca was closest on the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th hole at 634cm while Peter Bristol set up a good look at birdie on the Harvey Norman 11th hole with his tee shot only 232cm away from the flag.

Ian Hendry hit a superb shot into the Westlime 15th, leaving himself only 178cm for birdie.

Luke Clarke’s second shot into the Parkes Readymixed Concrete 9th hole was too good for the field, finishing only 232cm from the pin.

The shooting was not as close on the PJL Group 18th hole with Greg Peterson claiming the prize at 667cm.

Warren Blatch continued his good form from Saturday, combining with Tim Burke to record a 3 and 1 Jack Burch Fourball Best Ball Championship victory over John Green and Peter Dixon.

Blatch dominated the quarter-final match to cap an excellent weekend, guiding his team through to two wins away from the coveted trophy.

The 29 handicapper scored nett eagles on the 4th, 6th and 16th holes, putting an end to Dixon and Green’s trophy aspirations for 2017.

When Dixon missed a two foot putt for a square on the 1st hole, indications were it was not going to be their day.

Blatch’s nett eagle on the 16th came when he impressively holed out from 50 metres away in the right-hand side rough.

The remaining quarter-finals still need to be played to determine who Blatch and Burke, now clear favourites to win, will meet in the semi-final.