March­esani wins in a thriller

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

A thrilling five-hole play­off de­liv­ered a win for James March­esani in the 2019 Western Open pro-am golf tour­na­ment in Hor­sham at the week­end.

March­esani and Ben Mur­phy were locked at one un­der par af­ter two rounds at Hor­sham Golf Club, nar­rowly edg­ing out home­town hero Levi Burns, who fin­ished two shots be­hind the lead­ers in third place.

Golfers were tested by windy con­di­tions and fast greens dur­ing the tour­na­ment, but March­esani was able to build a three-shot lead en­ter­ing the back nine on Sun­day.

A con­sis­tent Mur­phy was able to make up ground af­ter March­esani fal­tered with three bo­geys and took the lead with an ea­gle on the 18th.

March­esani then birdied the hole to force a play­off.

The pair went shot for shot through four play­off holes be­fore March­esani pulled out a mem­o­rable vic­tory on the 18th green.

March­esani praised the Hor­sham course and the tour­na­ment af­ter his win.

“I am happy to get the win here at Hor­sham,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved should be so proud.

“You have a won­der­ful golf course, great fa­cil­i­ties and some of the best greens I have ever putted on.”

Lachy Aylen took out the Ivo Whit­ten am­a­teur com­pe­ti­tion with rounds of 74 and 71, plac­ing equal sixth in the open.

Kim Kennedy won a Susie Tol­hurst am­a­teur women’s sec­tion with a two-shot vic­tory over Mon­ica March­esani.

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