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MacGibbon's the master of Mooroopna

Ben MacGibbon has weathered the heat to win the Mooroopna Masters in a play-off, while Adele Huggard took out the women's masters crown.

MATTHEW GALEA February 5, 2014 4:05am

Ben MacGibbon had a great day out in tough conditions.


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Ben MacGibbon thrives in the heat, even if he doesn’t particularly enjoy it.

The Mooroopna Golf Club member picked up his second Mooroopna Masters win on Saturday in blistering conditions, following up his previous winning effort in 2009 which he won on Black Saturday.

MacGibbon had to convert in a number of high-pressure scenarios to take the win in a sudden-death play-off against Southern Golf Club’s Ben Hollis.

Perennial winner Terry Vogel shot out to a five-shot lead with nine holes to go, but a collapse opened the door to MacGibbon and Hollis, who were playing together, with the eventual winner needing to better Hollis’ score by one to force a play-off after the 36th hole with both players shooting a nett score of 139.

‘‘I converted a 20-foot putt to get a birdie and I needed him to par, which is what happened,’’ MacGibbon said.

‘‘Most people were struggling with the heat, so as happy as we were to have a tight finish, we weren’t too happy about having to go back out for the play-off.’’

As it happened, only one hole was needed, with MacGibbon’s second shot ultimately proving the difference, getting his ball within inches of the hole, with Hollis hitting it over the green.

The 31-year-old was delighted to take the crown for a second time, even if he was feeling a bit under the weather on Sunday after his exertions in the 40°C-plus heat.

The women’s event was not as close, with Sandhurst’s Adele Huggard winning by six shots with a nett score of 154.

Huggard shot 77 in the morning and afternoon sessions, and although she felt she could have played better, she was happy with her performance in extreme circumstances.

‘‘I left a lot of shots out there ... but the ground temperature in the afternoon was pretty hot, and by then I was just trying to stand upright,’’ Huggard said.

‘‘I commend the ground staff and the directors who came out in carts and gave us water and wet towels, I don’t think we’d have been able to play through otherwise.’’

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