Re­turn to form leads to Open win

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Peter Shine

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.

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