Pet­ti­grew wins big golf event

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

A siz­zling six un­der par fi­nal round of 66 last Fri­day by New Zealan­der Martin Pet­ti­grew for an over­all to­tal of 211 and five un­der makes him the 2018 Shepparton BMW Se­nior Vic­to­rian Open Cham­pion.

Orig­i­nally from Welling­ton, the 51-yearold Christchurch-based res­i­dent fin­ished two strokes clear of Queens­lan­der Richard Back­well.

Tied in third po­si­tion two strokes fur­ther back was Queens­land pair, Terry Price and tour­na­ment favourite, Pe­ter Se­nior.

On Wed­nes­day, day one, the Black Bull gushed plenty of wind. There was just the one sub par round, of 70, by an­other Queens­lan­der, Brad Burns. Pet­ti­grew fired a 76 to be three over par.

For­tu­nately the strong winds dis­ap­peared for Thurs­day, on Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort’s Mur­ray Course. Scores were much bet­ter. Pet­ti­grew fired a five un­der par 69 to be three strokes off the pace, with Terry Price shoot­ing the best score of 68 to lead by one stroke from Burns and Mel­bourne’s David Diaz.

Start­ing the third round four strokes be­hind Price, Pet­ti­grew went on a birdie spree on the Lake Course. Af­ter nine holes it was all square be­tween the two, at four un­der par.

But the even­tual win­ner’s blitz con­tin­ued for two more birdies to get him home. Vic­to­ri­ans Ben Jack­son and John Onions fin­ished square and tied for fifth. Burns, with plus two fin­ished sev­enth and Diaz fin­ished eighth with plus three.

But as many said, it was great golf by so many pro­fes­sion­als and elite am­a­teurs, watched by a good num­ber of lo­cal golfers and a bus load of golf­ing en­thu­si­asts from Thur­goona.

The big $40,000 to­tal prize-money event in­volved a full field of 160 play­ers for the ini­tial two day Pro Am then a field of 90 seeded play­ers for the all im­por­tant third and fi­nal day, with 75 pro­fes­sion­als and 15 elite am­a­teurs.

“The cour­ses are su­perb,” Pet­ti­grew said. “I ap­pre­ci­ated play­ing at such a won­der­ful venue with such great hos­pi­tal­ity.

He ad­mit­ted to hav­ing “a lit­tle con­nec­tion” to the tour­na­ment. “Richard Hogg (YMGCR’s CEO) and I used to play when he was liv­ing in New Zealand.”

Pet­ti­grew specif­i­cally men­tioned James Mc­Cully (Black Bull), and YMGCR’s Evan Droop and Richard Hogg, for their or­gan­i­sa­tion and the ground­staff of both cour­ses for their su­perb pre­sen­ta­tion.

“I def­i­nitely will be back next year and thank Andy Rogers. The way you ran the tour­na­ment was very pro­fes­sional,” the win­ner said.

Other event win­ners were Vic­to­rian David Good whose scores of 76, 72 and 75 for plus seven was the best for over 65s.

And lo­cal YMGCR board di­rec­tor, Steve Buck­ley, won best am­a­teur award with scores of 80, 77 and 79 for an over­all plus 19 and ded­i­cated his win to the cad­dy­ing by wife Aileen.

As PGA Leg­ends Co-Od­i­na­tor, Andy Rogers was thrilled with the third an­nual Shepparton BMW Se­nior Vic­to­rian Open in Yar­ra­wonga/Mul­wala.

“It was fan­tas­tic,” he said. “The tour­na­ment goes from strength to strength. The golf cour­ses are just out of this world. You’ve done a fan­tas­tic job.”

Prin­ci­pal Dealer with Shepparton BMW Aaron Brain de­scribed the three 18-hole cour­ses as mag­nif­i­cent and thanked fel­low spon­sors. Not only do Shepparton BMW staff pos­sess a sound knowl­edge of and have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in BMWs, they are ex­tremely good golfers!

Mr Rogers con­cluded pro­ceed­ings by say­ing on be­half of the PGA: “We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing for the next three years.”

BMW Aaron Brain de­scribed the three 18hole cour­ses as mag­nif­i­cent and thanked fel­low spon­sors. Not only do Shepparton BMW staff pos­sess a sound knowl­edge of and have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in BMWs, they are ex­tremely good golfers!

Mr Rogers con­cluded pro­ceed­ings by say­ing on be­half of the PGA: “We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing for the next three years.”

The 2018 Shepparton BMW Se­nior Vic­to­rian Open win­ner, New Zealan­der Martin Pet­ti­grew, proudly holds the pres­ti­gious trophy car­ry­ing the Great Pe­ter Thom­son’s name, as pre­sented by PGA Leg­ends Co-Or­di­na­tor Andy Rogers.

The key per­sons in­volved in the big event, from left, YMGCR’s Richard Hogg, Black Bull’s James Mc­Cully, PGA’s Andy Rogers, 2018 event win­ner Martin Pet­ti­grew, Shepparton BMW’s Aaron Brain, YMGCR’s Evan Droop and Paul Squires of Bullers Wines.

Am­a­teur win­ner, lo­cal Steve Buck­ley, with Paul Squires of Bullers Wines.

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