The Border Watch : December 4th 2013
30 GOLF SWIFT GL “Free Auto” MORRIS ROD $16,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY 631584 6 VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MAC SUZUKI 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 Early shakes can’t stop Dalton Enthralling grand fi nal firstname.lastname@example.org A SHAKY start and a couple of mid round hiccups didn’t stop Marc Dalton from winning his fourth Blue Lake Golf Club men’s A grade singles championship at the weekend. In warm – and at times windy – conditions, Dalton fought back from a three hole deficit to score a 35th hole victory over a plucky Adam Saunders, who was seeking a second BLGC title to match his 2009-10 success. The A grade championship was scheduled for 36-holes matchplay and Dalton, who had qualifi ed in second position started the grand fi nal as the warm favourite against Saunders, who had scraped in as the No. 8 qualifi er but then turned into giantkiller by eliminating the top qualifi er, Terry Smith and the No. 4 seed, Colin Ferguson in successive matches. A grade fi nal DALTON was caught out by a wobbly start. His opening drive was speared out of bounds and subsequent double bogey six was no match for Saunders’ two putt par. Dalton was also errant off the second tee and a bogey after a dodgy chip-shot, saw him two down after two. The par fi ve third was halved in pars and Saunders played his fi rst “get out of jail” card by holing a six metre par putt for a half on the fourth to stay two up. That was increased to three up when Saunders got up and down from the greenside bunker on the fi fth while Dalton was lamenting a bogey. A massive drive and a tap-in birdie on the next hole got one back for Dalton before the seventh was halved. Dalton looked every inch the winner on the eighth hole when he had a three metre birdie putt and Saunders had a similar distance putt for par. But Dalton’s putter deserted him and three putts later he was back to three down. Dalton’s reputation as a long hitter was never more evident than on the 271 metre ninth which he drove to within 10 metres of the pin. He two putted for a winning birdie and narrowed the defi cit to two holes. Second nine holes NOT one, but two balls off the tee bed from Dalton went sailing over the out of bounds fence down the left side of the fairway, while Saunders played solidly down the middle and moved back to a three up lead after his opponent conceded. The match continued to have its twists and turns and Saunders’ three putted back-to- HANDSHAKE TIME: Adam Saunders (right) congratulates Marc Dalton on winning the Blue Lake Golf Club A grade title. back holes on the 11th and 12th to again give Dalton a sniff. The pair both bogeyed the tough 13th and then halved the 14th in pars and 15th in birdies. Saunders had the honour on the par three, 16th and his drive sailed to the back of the green, while Dalton knocked his shot into two metres. Saunders however turned the screws when he drilled his 12 metre birdie putt and the shaken Dalton missed his chance. Dalton got that hole back quickly with a birdie on the 17th and when the 18th was halved in pars, Saunders took a two up lead into the lunch break. Afternoon round WHATEVER sustagen Dalton dined out on, paid obvious dividends. His two down deficit was turned into a two up lead in the space of four holes, winning the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd before Saunders was able to stem the bleeding with a winning par on the 23rd. The pair settled back into some sort of a rhythm with three consecutive halves, although Saunders’ three pitted the 24th and Dalton did likewise on the 26th. Tree trouble cost Saunders an approach shot to the green on the 27th hole, while Dalton’s escape through the scrubbery and greenside bunker for a par, handed him a two up lead at the last change. Final nine holes AS in the morning round, Dalton speared another drive 30 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 over the out of bounds fence on the 28th, but this time it was right, even sailing across the 18th fairway and onto the adjacent road. Saunders was grateful of being handed one hole back and should have dragged the match back to square if not for another three putts on the 29th. His par on the 30th hole however was good enough to get even with Dalton, who despite hitting the ball long, wasn’t always sure which direction it was going. The momentum had swung back to Saunders and his win on the 31st hole with a two putt par gave him the lead for the fi rst time since the 19th. It was shortlived however as Dalton made birdie on the long par three, 32nd with a putt from off the green and the match was again square. They halved the 33rd with pars, while Dalton repeated his 32nd hole effort with another long birdie putt on the 34th to move 1-up with two to play. Dalton’s drive down the 35th was solid without being spectacular, catching the rough to the left side. Saunders’ drive however spelled the end when he snap-hooked it left and out of bounds. His provisional ball went the other direction and while he almost managed a bogey six with his second ball, Dalton had a two metre birdie putt before Saunders conceded the hole and match. It was an enthralling affair and could quite easily have gone either way. For Dalton, the victory follows earlier successes in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2011-12. B grade PORT MacDonnell fi sherman, Brett Perryman netted his biggest prize since joining the Blue Lake Golf Club with a one-sided 8/7 victory over John Kamp in the B grade fi nal. After qualifying in the No. 4 position, Perryman did just enough to get through the quarter and semi-fi nals, but he turned it on in the grand fi nal. Belying his B grade handicap, Perryman started the scheduled 36-hole match with two birdies and narrowly missed a third one on the long par fi ve. He fi nished his opening 9-holes in 35 strokes, level par and a shell shocked Kamp was desperately trying to fi nd answers. Three-up at lunch turned into a big lead for Perryman in the afternoon round with the end fi nally coming on the 29th hole. C grade SCHEDULED for 27-holes, the C grade grand fi nal was almost over before it begun. Top qualifier and hot favourite for the title of the outmarkers, Josh Gale made extremely short work of David Johnston. With his father, Roger, caddying for him, Josh raced to an eight up lead at the lunch break and needed only one more hole to put Johnston to the sword. Blue Lake Golf Club singles championships results: A grade: Marc Dalton 2/1 d Adam Saunders. B grade: Brett Perryman 8/7 d John Kamp. C grade: Josh Gale 9/8 d David Johnston. NEW CHAMP: Brett Perryman was in hot form in Sunday’s B grade at Blue Lake on Sunday, winning 8/7 against John Kamp. Pictures: ROD MORRIS LET IT FLY: Marc Dalton tees off from the 18th tee at Blue Lake en route to winning his fourth singles championship. NARROW LOSS: Adam Saunders had his chances but couldn’t contain the long hitting Marc Dalton in Sunday’s grand fi nal of the Blue Lake Golf Club A grade singles championships.
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