Cobcroft wins another Parkes Golf Club IGA Shootout

THEN THERE WERE TWO: After some words of wisdom from Peter Boschman (centre) to the final two players Ken Cobcroft and Robert Hey, the scene was set for a thrilling finish. And it was veteran golfer Cobcroft who won his second IGA Shootout. Photo: Submitted
THEN THERE WERE TWO: After some words of wisdom from Peter Boschman (centre) to the final two players Ken Cobcroft and Robert Hey, the scene was set for a thrilling finish. And it was veteran golfer Cobcroft who won his second IGA Shootout. Photo: Submitted

The Roosters' number one supporter, Ken Cobcroft, has reigned supreme in the 2019 IGA Shootout on Sunday.

This year's field was one of the strongest ever assembled with only two players of the 19 having a handicap over 10.

The scoring certainly proved that with a number of players shooting even-par for the first nine holes.

The dubious honour of being the first player to be omitted was Todd Jayet, after losing a chip-off with Jack Elliott. However Jack then left on the very next hole.

The par 3 fourth hole proved to be very challenging with 11 players involved in a chip-off which surprisingly saw young gun Blake Smith exit the competition.

The eighth hole saw two of the event's favourites and previous champions in John Green and Riall Harrison go head to head in a chip-off, Harrison narrowly beaten and off for an early shower.

The ninth hole was set up for another large chip-off until Brendan Chambers, who was one under at that point, had a double bogey six from nowhere and leave the competition, which saw a star-studded field enter the last nine holes.

A late recruit into the starting lineup, Josh Cheney handled all the pressure until the 10th hole where the three steak sandwiches he had for lunch obviously upset his rhythm and he bowed out with a disastrous 7.

STRONG FIELD: This year's field was one of the strongest ever assembled. From left, Peter Boschman, Mitch McGlashan, Brad Scott, Ken Cobcroft, Todd Jayet, Robert Hey, John Green, Brendon Chambers and Peter Magill. Photo: Submitted

STRONG FIELD: This year's field was one of the strongest ever assembled. From left, Peter Boschman, Mitch McGlashan, Brad Scott, Ken Cobcroft, Todd Jayet, Robert Hey, John Green, Brendon Chambers and Peter Magill. Photo: Submitted

The next few holes saw some great golf and a chip-off required on each hole to remove Warwick Wright, Phil Bishop and Ian Phipps until the 14th when we had six of the best golfers left and the golf got really hot with pars and birdies requiring chip-offs.

The 14th hole saw multiple champion, the veteran John Green exit after Luke Clarke proved he is definitely not a measurer of any repute!

Clarke exited on the 15th when one too many recovery shots was required and on the 16th Ken Cobcroft outlasted young gun, Brad Scott in a chip-off.

Mitch McGlashan was in the box seat with a seriously long drive on 17 but Robert Hey hit a great recovery from the edge of the second fairway and Cobcroft stiffed a four iron from 140m to within 30cm for his second shot.

All three players had birdie putts but Cobcroft was the only one to secure his place for the final hole.

This required a chip-off between current club champion McGlashan and Hey, who narrowly defeated McGlashan and headed to the final hole.

After some words of wisdom and some swing tips from Peter Boschman to the last two players, the scene was set for a thrilling finish.

Hey had the shortest second shot of the two into the final green but Cobcroft's short game continued to pay-off and both players recorded pars to enter the final chip-off.

Cobcroft's chip hit the pin and settled 3cm from the hole which required Hey to chip-in to win the prize.

After a gallant effort Hey's chip slid narrowly past the hole to see the old veteran Cobcroft win his second IGA Shootout.

Parkes Golf Club congratulates all involved, which saw friendly banter but a fantastic and competitive atmosphere. Most importantly a huge thank you to Peter and Janine Boschman from Cunningham's IGA Parkes for their continued support of the Parkes Golf Club and this event.

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