Travis Langford wins Handicap Matchplay final

CHAMPION: Travis Langford claimed victory after a tense battle in the men's handicap matchplay final at Apsley.
CHAMPION: Travis Langford claimed victory after a tense battle in the men's handicap matchplay final at Apsley.

New member Travis Langford has taken all in front of him winning the C grade championship this year and now making the final of the handicap matchplay event.

Langford won the championship after a nerve tingler against Ray Wilson on the 35th hole and now he was to be pitted against two time club champion Gavin Davis and experienced matchplay competitor.

With other players contesting a stableford event and pulling out after nine holes, Langford and Davis were given the opportunity to have a break after they had played twelve holes, but they chose to go on.

Then the weather really opened up and between the rain and cold these were possibly the worst conditions for the entire season and yet they played on.

The match was level after 18 holes, so on, they went replaying the first hole. Davis’s drive hit one of many overhanging branches and dropped down with a large red gum for him to navigate around for his second shot.

Langford, cool as ice, put his drive into perfect position and with Davis having to give him a shot, proceeded to win the 19th hole.

No other scores were finalised for the day although Geoff Shortt was playing like a machine, being one over par after seven holes.

Shortt won the nearest the pin for his second shot to seven, Steve Bruce won the longest drive on the second hole and Davis won a nearest the pin on the third hole.

Next week is a stableford event and the annual tournament which will take place over four days.