DARREN Makin from Gardiners Run has won the 2018 Victorian Men’s Par Three Championship at Kyabram Parkland.
With the top four players all playing together in the final group, the race was on to chase down the clubhouse leader.
Starting four shots back from 36-hole leader, and fellow Gardiners Run member Jake Fullerton, Makin charged up the leaderboard with a final round 56 to go on to win by one shot. Runner-up Jake Fullerton tried his best to force a play-off with a birdie on the last hole but Makin held his nerve to make par for a 3-round total of 170 and announce himself as the 2018 champion.
2005 champion David Walker (The Heritage GC) finished in third on a countback but managed to claim the A grade prize. The A grade net went to Cooper Gentle (Rich River GC) who played off a daily handicap of three and finished with a total of 170.
Local member Jamie Baker played steady golf all tournament and took out the B grade competition with a total of 181 on a countback to Rich River’s Nathan Richards. Caleb Johnson (Churchill-Waverley GC) won the net division with 165 off a handicap of 6.
In C grade, an excellent final round of 65 from Yering Meadow’s Adam Krezel saw him finish one shot clear of local member Jacob Parker. The net section was extremely tight at the top and was ultimately won by Colin Wenman (Yarrawonga Mulwala GC) on a countback to GenYGolf member Michael Pfeiffer.
Commonwealth member Daniel Gill claimed the junior (U18) championship with an outstanding 54-hole total of 172. Huntingdale’s Jasper Stubbs finished just two shots back on 174. In the junior net competition, Rich River’s Nathan Richards finished with 166 two clear of Blair Mason (Riversdale GC).
In a fantastic wrap up of the event, 10 players gathered on hole 18 for a nearest the pin shootout for a $200 Drummond Golf voucher. Austin Baker from Rich River was the lucky recipient after his superb tee shot finished closest to the hole.