Sandy Millett has won her 11th Mooroopna Golf Club open championship, while Ben MacGibbon has captured his fifth title.OLIVER CAFFREY June 11, 2014 3:15am
Mooroopna Golf Club’s championship winners Len Bardella (D-grade), Ben MacGibbon (open), Jason Quattrocchi (B-grade).
Order was restored at Mooroopna Golf Club on Sunday.
Club legend Sandy Millett won her 11th Mooroopna women’s open championship, edging out Julie Shanahan in an epic final.
Millett’s extraordinary run of 10 straight championships was ended in 2011 by young star Alex Radevski, who went on to claim three consecutive titles.
But with Radevski not taking part this year due to university commitments, Millett reclaimed her crown.
Millett started the day poorly, but produced an incredible comeback to force her way back into the championship race.
‘‘It was tough all day on Sunday, I played some good holes, but it was a tough little match against Julie,’’ Millett said.
‘‘There really should’ve been two winners on the day, I was six shots down at one stage and I thought it was Julie’s championship to win, but I had a good hole on the 14th and got some confidence from there.
‘‘We were all square after 36 holes and we couldn’t be split until the 40th hole, which I sank a par to go on and win.’’
Millett paid tribute to Shanahan for one of the best finals she had played in.
‘‘Julie has put a lot of time into her golf, her handicap has come down significantly and she is playing some great golf,’’ Millett said.
‘‘It was a long hard day playing 40 holes, but I’m just lucky enough I was able to come away with the win in the end.’’
In the open men’s event, Ben MacGibbon claimed his fifth club championship, defeating Zak Ginevra 2 and 1.
It was his third consecutive open championship, joining his brother James and Tom Gibbins in achieving the feat.
Despite struggling with his swing in the lead-up to the final, MacGibbon was able to perform when it counted.
He said the decider being delayed a week due to poor conditions worked in his favour.
‘‘Any of the titles are a good feeling, but to get five now is pretty great,’’ MacGibbon said.
‘‘I played reasonably well early, but I got a bit complacent towards the end and Zak was able to get back in it a bit.
‘‘I played pretty solid in the qualifying rounds, but once I got to the semi-final I struggled with my swing and even in the few days before I felt like it was a bit off.’’
MacGibbon’s father, Brian, was defeated by Jason Quattrocchi in the B-grade final 2 and 1.
Len Bardella won the men’s D-grade decider against Joe DeAngelis 2 and 1.
In the women’s B-grade, Dawn Nioa edged out Jan Colbert 2 and 1, while Mary Williams was successful against Janet Hodges in C-grade.
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