Jake Crowther (Nambour – ex Invincibles -pictured) put in a marathon performance to win the Headland Men’s Sunshine Coast Open Amateur Championship after eight gruelling, but very exciting playoff holes against a very solid performer in David Schwartz (Nudgee). With nine holes to play, there were no fewer than six men within two shots of……..….
The lead, and well in contention to take out the coveted Walsh Engineers Easter Cup, and that included no fewer than five of our past and present Invincibles Members, in Bailey Arnott (Pelican Waters T3) Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe T3) Steven Cox (Brisbane T5) and Luke Parker (Maroochy River T5) as well as Jake himself, who were all well in the hunt and did themselves proud.
Full credit must go to Crowther and Schwartz for their unbelievable performance, a performance that Headland Golf Club has never seen the likes of.
To witness two men focused on achieving their best, whilst battle it out in the true spirit of the game, was magic and a joy to watch.
After both men finished their fifty-four holes of normal play tied together on even par, they set about a marathon sudden death play-off that started on 1 and continued through 2, 5, 9, 1, 2, 18 and finished on 18 for the second time, after eight nerve racking nail biting holes, where Crowther claimed victory under lights in front of a packed and very enthusiastic gallery on the balcony and grand stands that surround the Headland Club House.
To the credit of both men, all holes were halved in par, until the last hole, which was a true indication to the standard of play. To quote Justin Walsh (Main Sponsor)
"I don't know how these guys stand the pressure, they really are playing in a league of their own, it's amazing, Walsh said".
If one had to pick two clutch saving moments that won Jake the championship, I think most would agree, that his shot out of the trees on 11 in normal time, and his thirty-foot left to right downhill putt to save par on his fourth playoff hole, they would have to be a good starting point, but there were many similar moments from both men throughout the day?
"The Junior division was won by Bailey Arnott (Royal Queensland) in a count back with close friend and Invincibles team mate, Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe) after both boys tied on 145"
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