Winner Yvonne Pinington and Effie Austen, women’s shootout at Warwick Golf Club.
Winner Yvonne Pinington and Effie Austen, women’s shootout at Warwick Golf Club. Gerard Walsh

Par 3s key to victory

DOING well on the par 3 holes is the key for Brendon Jones, who knows how to win a golf shootout.

On Sunday, Jones became the first player to win back-to-back men's shootouts with victory at the Warwick Golf Club.

He admits he did not play as well as last year but performed when it counted.

"I played well on the last couple of holes," Jones said.

"I enjoy the shootout but it takes all day."

In a concept where the highest nett scorer on each hole is eliminated, Jones won chip-offs on the 10th from Ken Burley and the 14th from Clayton Dale to stay in contention.

Jones said with a handicap of 14, he often lost a shot on the par 3 holes compared to other players.

"My strategy is to do well on par 3 holes," he said.

Last year, he was the overall winner of the putting competition in conjunction with monthly medals and needed some of that putting skill on four holes on Sunday to avoid more chip-offs.

Trevor King was second and Allan Kehoe third.

In the women's competition, Yvonne Pinington rates her success on Sunday up with her best achievements in the sport.

She survived one chip-off on the 10th to stay in the competition before winning from Majella Kahler and third-placed Vicki Bennett.

Pinington played one over her handicap of 26 on the day and was thrilled to par the seventh.

Three weeks ago, she hit her first hole-in-one in an invitation day at the Clifton Golf Club.

"Absolutely, it was great to hit a hole-in-one," she said.


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