North Coast Open pulls crowd

Sorriest sight of the day... Logan Toms.
Sorriest sight of the day... Logan Toms.
IF the size of the gallery chasing after the play-off contenders in Sunday’s North Coast Open is any indication, the rumour golf is out of fashion is way off the mark.

Unprecedented interest swirled around eventual winner Grant Skinner and runner-up Lincoln Tighe as they were called out of the clubhouse to take part in a three-hole shoot out.

Both had finished their rounds and felt likely they’d miss out by the barest of margins, only to learn all four final contenders had muffed their shots on the last hole.

The sorriest sight of the day was Logan Toms who after going frustratingly close in previous Opens, finally looked to again be in contention after a personal duel across the weekend with Tim Hart.

But a double bogey ended the dreams of the big hitter from Woolgoolga, leaving Skinner and Tighe to step up to the mark.

On the 10th, Tighe fired a birdie which Skinner copied on the 17th and were level-pegging as they moved to the 18th hole in front of a spectator scrum at the back of the clubhouse.

The record books will show Skinner shot par to win the hole by two, after Tighe struck out with a bogey.

Unfortunately for him, Tighe over-shot the hole after coming back from spraying his tee shot while the poker-faced Skinner took things calmly and holed out with a confident putt.

It was a dramatic end to the three main contests of the 58th Festival of Golf.

The Coffs Cup stayed local when John Doherty scored 141 on countback to down Justin Young, also 141.

And Moree visitor Tamra Moore waltzed away with her second straight Ladies Classic when she returned 165, defeating Jessica Dengate’s 172 on countback.