John Mossop has defeated Nathan Williams on the 33rd hole to claim his second Open Championship.
Mossop played accurate and steady golf in the first half of the day to go to 6 up before Williams showed his class to fight back to 3 down. In the end the early lead was the difference, and Mossop was able to keep Williams at arm’s length for the rest of the round.
In the B Grade, David Murray dropped a 25 footer to defeat Leo Price 2 up on the 36th and last hole of the day, in what was a high quality match.
In the C Grade Johnny Wilkinson defeated Steven Skeer on the 35th hole. Wilkinson and Skeer played solid golf all day, with the lead changing hands often.
The D Grade Lee Bateman defeated Peter Ey in another spirited cliff hanger finishing on the 36th hole of the day.
Men’s D grade: Lee Bateman defeated Peter Ey on the 36th hole
Men’s C grade: Johnny Wilkinson defeated Steven Skeer on the 35th hole
Men’s B grade: David Murray defeated Leo Price on the 36th hole
Men’s Open: John Mossop defeated Nathan Williams on the 33rd hole
John Mossop and Nathan Williams will go head to head over 36 holes next Sunday to see who will be crowned the Penola Golf Club Open Men’s’ Champion in 2018.
Williams will be keen to get his name on the honour board for the first time, whilst Mossop if good enough will bag his second.
On Sunday during the quarter and semi-finals, Mossop won his matches against Don Ferguson, and Ian Agnew to go through, whilst Williams won against George Kidman and Greg Hutchesson.
During the post-match presentations, Williams said “look the big man is in great form, but I think I’m in with a very good chance here”. Mossop, said he was honoured to play against Williams, and glad to be cleared of any caddying responsibilities.
In the B Grade, Leo Price will take on David Murray in what looms as a great match. Price won his matches against Mikey Redman, and Curt Evans, whilst Murray won against Chris Holden and Jamie Boneham.
In the C Grade Steven Skeer is up against Johnny Wilkinson. Wilkinson confident, that some unexpected cattle work may arise early on Sunday morning declaring him the winner of the match. Skeer won his earlier matches against Alan Meyer and Mal Redman, whilst Wilkinson beat his uncle Peter Walker and the club president Bill Cheers.
The D Grade players were able to make the most of the daylight savings changes, with two matches in the afternoon deciding the final. Peter Ey won his match against Trevor Williams, and Lee Bateman won his match against the long hitting David Boyd.
Tee Times for The Men’s Finals
9.00am Men’s D grade: Peter Ey V Lee Bateman
9.10am Men’s C grade: Steven Skeer V Johnny Wilkinson
9.20am Men’s B grade: Leo Price V David Murray
9.30am Men’s Open: Nathan Williams V John Mossop
The ladies matches will follow the men’s matches.
Here is how it all happened: