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Nine­teen ea­ger, and in some cases ner­vous, golfers lined up for the 2018 men’s shootout fi­nal this year.

The first hur­dle of the day is avoid­ing the ig­nominy of ‘the walk of shame’ or in other words be­ing elim­i­nated on the first hole.

Un­for­tu­nately this rather du­bi­ous hon­our went to Mark Tom­sett who did very lit­tle wrong ex­cept miss a short putt, which put him in one of the many chip-offs on the day, and he was out.

Roger Bagshaw was next to go af­ter a costly visit to the trees and then John Drent was elim­i­nated on three af­ter strug­gling off the tee into the strong head wind.

Mike Rose looked a shoo-in to be ousted on four af­ter find­ing the plan­ta­tion short of the­women’s tee, how­ever Nigel San­der­son gave him a re­prieve by slic­ing his sec­ond shot 50m into the neigh­bour­ing farmer’s pad­dock. Af­ter play­ing an ex­cel­lent fourth shot close to the green, Nigel’s poor chip left him with too much to do and he was gone.

The 5th hole saw an­other chip off with John Tay­lor try­ing the Pro golfer’s tech­nique of us­ing a three wood from just off the back of the green which failed dis­mally and he was elim­i­nated.

On the 6th Mike Rose’s luck ran out and he was elim­i­nated in a chip off and on 7 Brian Baynes day came to an end.

On the 125 me­tre, par three 8th, Mau­rice Joyce’s tee shot (with a driver) which ended within three feet of the pin looked cer­tain to give him a net 1. Lou Sayer dug so much sand out of the bunker, but un­for­tu­nately not his ball, and was elim­i­nated with­out mak­ing the green. Mau­rice’s putt was con­ceded and he walked to the 9th tee a very happy man.

Phill Treve­nen was the next to go af­ter a very un­char­ac­ter­is­tic way­ward tee shot and sub­se­quent tree vis­i­ta­tions and Paul Wil­liams went out on 10 fol­low­ing a chip off.

On 11 Bill New­land, who was the top qual­i­fier, nar­rowly lost a chip off with Al Cochrane and on 12, los­ing a 4-man chip off meant the end of Mur­ray Fraser’s hopes.

13 proved too tough for Richard Taitoko whose tee shot into the trees and sub­se­quent poor re­cov­ery shot left him with too much to do and the num­ber 2 seed was gone.

The 14th hole re­quired a chip off in­volv­ing all re­main­ing 6 play­ers af­ter each re­turned a net 3. A das­tardly tricky lo­ca­tion was de­ter­mined by ref­eree, John New­ton, which proved too tough for Rus­sell Ber­ridge and he was out.

The left hand bunker on 15 proved costly for Wayne Bri­er­ley. Num­ber16 fi­nally proved a hole too far for Mau­rice Joyce, who had shown some re­mark­able shot-mak­ing.

Af­ter hit­ting a great drive to just in front of the 17th green, Andy Roche fluffed his chip and was elim­i­nated af­ter mak­ing a poor bo­gey. This left two golfers to fight it out on the last hole af­ter nearly five and a half hours of pres­sure. Alis­tair Cochrane and Graeme Parkin­son both parred the last hole and it all came down to a chip off.

John New­ton again showed his wicked side and placed the tee­ing po­si­tion be­hind the right hand bunker with the pin just on the other side.

Graeme knocked it to within a me­tre and Al couldn’t match the shot hit­ting it to about 2m past the pin. A great first time win for Graeme Parkin­son.

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