Arnold, Klat­ton tops at Vic Open

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IN a thrilling fin­ish to the 2012 Vic­to­rian Open, Scott Arnold claimed his first pro­fes­sional win at the Spring Val­ley Golf Club.

Start­ing the round tied with New Zealand’s Michael Hendry at 9-un­der par, it was an ex­cit­ing round of golf which saw the lead change many times be­fore Arnold even­tu­ally pre­vailed.

With scores of 71, 66, 67 and 68 for a tour­na­ment to­tal 12-un­der the card Arnold showed com­po­sure when his play­ing part­ners made charges for the ti­tle.

Kurt Barnes headed into the final day three shots back from his play­ing part­ners, Arnold and Hendry, but with a birdie on his open­ing hole fol­lowed by birdies on the 5th and 6th and an ea­gle on the 7th he looked un­stop­pable.

A dou­ble bo­gey on the 11th fol­lowed by two more bo­geys on 13 and 14 had all but worked Barnes out of the Vic­to­rian Open un­til an ea­gle on the 17th had him back in con­tention.

Barnes fin­ished with a final round score of 5-un­der 66 to take him to a tour­na­ment to­tal of 11-un­der par, one shot back from Arnold in sec­ond place.

Hendry, who had dom­i­nated the tour­na­ment through­out the first two rounds — earn­ing him­self a six stroke lead head­ing into the week­end — un­for­tu­nately couldn’t fin­ish the way he started, with his putting let him down.

Hendry’s final round saw him record four bo­geys to fin­ish the day at 2-over. With scores of 65, 66, 73, 73 to be 7-un­der the card and five shots from the lead, Hendry fin­ished the Vic­to­rian Open third.

Daniel Bringolf fin­ished as the high­est ranked ama­teur at 2-un­der par.

For the first time the Men’s Vic­to­rian Open was played si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the Women’s Vic­to­rian Open at Spring Val­ley Golf Club with French­woman Joanna Klat­ton claim­ing the ti­tle with an 8-un­der par 212.

Klat­ton, who started the day five shots be­hind leader Re­becca Flood, man­aged to over­come the deficit to fin­ish two shots ahead of the field.

Sit­ting as the club­house leader, the 26-year-old was of­fered a cel­e­bra­tory drink, de­spite play still in progress on the course.

Korean Haeji Kang then made things in­ter­est­ing, hol­ing a 100 me­tre shot on the final hole for ea­gle, forc­ing a play­off with Klat­ton.

“I don’t drink, so one beer got me a lit­tle bit tipsy,” said Klat­ton. “I was a lit­tle bit wor­ried. I went to hit some balls and I tried to chug as much water as I could to sober up.”

Klat­ton man­aged a long par-sav­ing putt on the first play­off hole to beat Kang and win the tour­na­ment.

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