Countback determines Open

THE DUO of Evelyn Parnell and Narelle Dunst won the Grant Harvey Specsavers open fourball title at Tamworth on Sunday but had to rely on a countback to edge in front of Jenny Butler and Helen Savage.

Both pairs finished on 10 up for the day.

It was the same story in the gross event, with Mary-Anne Macklinshaw and Jan Kirk needing a countback to beat Natalie Studte and Annette Roberts.

They all finished level on four under par.

It was a massive turnout for the annual event.

There were 132 players all up, with visitors coming from the Longyard, Armidale, Gunnedah, Quirindi, Werris Creek, Bingara, Manilla, Murrurundi, Coonabarabran, Coonamble and even Cabramatta.

Meanwhile, Northern Inland junior golfers finished their Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation Internationals in solid fashion.

Best of the older juniors at Maitland was Tamworth’s Nathan Mann.

He carded final rounds of 74 and 72 around the par 71 course last Thursday and Friday to finish 27th overall.

Barraba’s Ben Koopman finished off with 83, 85 and a tie for 103rd while Moree’s Scott Kirkby shot 87, 78 to finish in a tie for 60th.

Barraba’s Luke York carded rounds of 80, 81 to finish tied for 94th.

Tamworth’s Jake Weatherall shot 90, 83 to finish equal 107th and Mitchell McPherson shot 100, 90 for an overall 114th in the 118-strong field.

Nathan Mann finished 15 over par for the four rounds, 13 shots adrift of the winner.

The 14 and under sub-juniors played their JNJGF event at Kurri Kurri where Tamworth’s Tom Gill was best with final rounds of 86, 87 and tied for 47th.

Jock McPherson also closed with 92, 89 to finish 56th out of 81 players.

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