Stephen Hocking and Geoff Shortt win Max Bell Championship final

Firstly a correction of last week’s piece, it was reported that Ray Wilson on the seventeenth hole of the match hit a shot from 60m to within tap in distance.

After receiving some harsh words from Ray the correct story is that his tee shot was terrible, travelling only 50cm and then his second shot, hit in anger, from 159m travelled to tap in distance to win the hole.

Apologies to Ray, but the tale has now been corrected.

With a small group of players assembled at the eighteenth hole, everyone expected a similar act of bravery from Ray as he approached the scrape from 150m.

To set the scene, the team of Ray Wilson and Craig Walton approached the first nine cautiously and after nine holes Stephen Hocking and  Geoff Shortt were four up in the match play format.

Given this pairs past history as multiple winners of the title, as a pair and with other partners, it was expected by all that the match would be soon over.

The next time the group was in contact with spectators was the sixteenth hole and the match was still live, with Ray and Craig making a comeback.

So it was that when the match reached the eighteenth hole Stephen and Geoff were one up, needing only to tie on the last hole to win the match.

Back to Ray’s approach, and it sailed over the scrape and a little cautious play from both teams and Geoff made a 2m putt to win the championship.

This is Stephen’s third title in a row, having paired with Rob Carberry the previous two years.

For something different, the rest of the field played a flag event with Barrie Moyle taking the flag to within 30cm of the cup on the last hole.

Barrie carried the flag past Leigh Allan’s effort to be winners and runners up.

The longest drive on the second hole went to Rob Carberry and he also took nearest the pin on the sixth scrape.

Barrie also had a nearest the pin on the third scrape.

Next week’s event is a par event and a putting competition with players competing for the David Etherton privilege cup.

All players around the district are asked to start organising their teams for the Apsley Alive ambrose event to be played on Friday, October 6.

It is a four player event with any combination, golfers and non golfers are most welcome.

Teams can  guarantee a place by contacting Steve Bruce on 0403532041 or via bruces58@bigpond.com

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