Return to form leads to Open win
The Alcoa Harvey Open was played over 36 holes across the weekend of November 17-18 with 138 players chasing to have their name on the honour board.
Scoring was high on both days. After the first 18 holes, club veteran Harry Blackburn led the field with 41 points followed by Grace Zabajnik, Andrew Blackburn, Charlie Baggetta, Colin Gibson (Wundowie GC) and Bill Hodgins all on 40 points. Brad Hickman and Ron Skelcher were next on 39 points.
The talk around the club was could Harry Blackburn keep it going or would he be run down by the chasing pack.
Steve Iceton had the best score on Sunday with 40 points followed closely by Mike Kelly on 39 points.
Out of the overnight leaders Baggetta (39 points), Skelcher (38 points) and Andrew Blackburn (37 points) could keep it going.
With the last group to enter their scores Skelcher was leading the event but Baggetta, who was playing in the last group, was crowned the winner with a great total of 79 points followed by Skelcher on 77 points, who beat Andrew Blackburn on a countback.
Fourth was David Glover (Watheroo GC) with 74 points who beat Paul Tedesco (Pinjarra GC) on a countback.
It was a welcome return to form by Baggetta at the right time. He played consistent golf over the two days without wiping a hole.
His back nines on both days was where he scored best with 21 and 22 points respectively.
Skelcher continued his good form of late but a couple of wipes over the two days made it hard to make up the ground on the leader.
Andrew Blackburn would have been pleased to put two rounds of good golf together but like Skelcher a wipe on Sunday put paid to his chances of winning.
The event was a great success with the visitors commenting on the good condition of the course.
Harvey Golf Club captain Garry Beacham, Alcoa Harvey Open winner Charlie Baggetta and club president Jerome Oliver.