Kyle Grant prevails
KYLE Grant produced an exciting come-from-behind victory to win the 2010 North Coast Amateur Open at Coffs Harbour Golf Club at the weekend.
With two holes to play, Grant was in the group ahead of one-stroke leader Brett Drewitt but pulled off two remarkable pars to put himself into contention for the prestigious title.
Coffs Harbour Golf Club golfing co-ordinator Clive Herring said most observers in the gallery felt the Open was heading for another play-off showdown.
“Drewitt was on the 26th hole when he hit an awful tee shot which really set the cat among the pigeons,” he said.
“He made a double bogey and to continue to hold the upper hand, needed to birdie the last hole to force a play-off.”
Drewitt gave it his best shot and went oh so close.
On the tricky downhill run he stroked a left-to-right putt that just missed the cup.
It was a bittersweet moment for the two contenders with Grant securing the championship with a total score of 215, five over the card.
Drewitt (216) finished equal runner-up with Adam Downton.
It was almost as tight in the Ladies Classic when scratch golfers Ali Orchard and Olivia Wilson staged an all-the-way battle.
Ultimately the Surfers Paradise-based Orchard carded a 12-over 158 to finish two strokes ahead of New South Wales rival Wilson (160).
In the third big tournament to be decided yesterday, Bill Stocks took out the Coffs Cup from Jordan Gould on countback with a score of 143.
Record numbers packed the Coffs Harbour course during the last week to celebrate the city’s 60th Festival of Golf.
Herring said introducing the State of Origin concept between NSW and Queensland golfers had created huge interest and would become a regular feature on the calendar.
The NSW team of Luke Henwood, Andrius Belkus, Brett Drewitt and Grant blitzed the northern invaders from across the border after the best three out of four cards were put under the microscope.
‘Our’ NSW Blues carded plus 23 compared to Queensland’s plus 31.
“These Maroons blokes came down here thinking we’d be easybeats but instead found the greens a little bit too tricky,” Herring said.
“At the end of play they swore they’d be back next year for another go but on that form I don’t fancy their chances.”
With every major trophy going down to the wire, Herring said new standards had been set.
“One of the best years ever, everybody keeps saying,” he said.
“It’s been a very hectic week and now it’s time to settle back with a beer.”