Celebrations start early

March 15, 2017

(Back:) Wayne Hocking, (front L to R:) Cam McMahen, Tyson Booker and Sean Young celebrate their Crothers Joinery Classic win.

It was not in the clubhouse but on the 16th green that Benalla’s Wayne Hocking knew his team had won the Crothers Joinery Classic on Monday.

Hocking’s team-mate Tyson Booker, 15, sank his putt on the 16th, and team-mate Cam McMahen followed that by chipping in from off the green.

It meant the four-player team only had to save par on the remaining two holes to win, which it did.

Hocking said with only a few holes left to play the shots could not have come at a better time.

‘‘At that stage I thought with two to go, we’ll have to make a hash of it now not to win. (The shots) came at the right time to give us some breathing space,’’ he said.

The competition was a 4BBB stableford, meaning the better the players scored on each hole, the more points they were awarded.

Scoring a double bogey is worth no points, a bogey is a point, par is two, a birdie is worth three and so on.

Hocking, McMahen, Booker and Sean Young won the title with a team score of 185 points accrued over Saturday’s and Monday’s rounds.

Hocking said it was a team effort over the two rounds to get across the line.

‘‘We were playing as a team of four for the classic. It’s a combined effort between the four, and you’ve got to play well across the 36 holes. It’s about having at least two players contribute and play well on each hole,’’ he said.

Hocking said he played ‘‘okay’’ over the weekend but put the win down to youngster Booker and McMahen teaming up and putting on a show.

‘‘I played okay over the weekend, but the stars were Tyson and Cam McMahen, they were our strongest. Sean and I played all right but they were the two that kept us in it today,’’ he said.

Saturday saw round one of the competition played, with Peter McKenna and Graeme Ellis walking away with a lead of just one point. But that was quickly caught and overtaken during Monday’s play.

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