Skinner wins club champs



A stunning final round 68 from Grant Skinner was the catalyst for him to win his second Coffs Harbour Club A grade championship on the weekend.

Entering the final round, Skinner held a slender lead of only two strokes over Rob McComas, but Skinners' bogey free round created a runaway victory.

With two birdies on each nine of the Lakes course, Skinner's pure ball striking all day placed him in an impregnable position by the time the final group made the turn.

When he sunk a 10 foot left to right putt on the par-3 12th hole, the championship was all wrapped up.

Michael White,who started Sunday's round in equal third with Ken McNally, finished runner-up in the gross competition, a massive 11 strokes behind Skinner.

The A grade nett winner was Dean Reeves with 280.

Mick Whittle and Matt Thomas took out the B and C grade titles respectively in the gross competition.

Whittle's victory seems a comfortable one on paper with a six shot margin to young Mitch McComas, who grabbed the runner-up award on a count back from Darren Heelis.

Curt Dixon was the only B grade player to play to his handicap throughout the championships, giving him the nett trophy.

Winner of the nett trophy in the C grade competition was Peter Holloway who finished 10 strokes ahead of Brian Sundgren.

- AT Sawtell, the stage is set for an exciting finish with the final round scheduled for Saturday.

Former club champion Trevor Ridge has shot rounds of 76, 75 and 70 for a three round total of 221 to lead by two shots from Matt Faulkner (74, 73, 72) and Joey Franck (74, 75, 74).

David Pryor and Andrew Winney are six shots from the lead on 227.

In B grade, George Ruaporo and Col O'Connor share the lead on 252, three shots clear of Mick Bryant.

C grade is down to a two-man battle between current leader Mark Carroll on 271 and Greg Galli on 275.



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