Parfitt’s perfect pair no fluke

HE’S done it again.

Rob Parfett, for the second week in a row, has finished ahead of Robert Payne in an open golf event.

Payne had been dominating the Central West’s open tournaments this year until Parfett put a stop to his run last week in the Orange Ex-Services Open.

Then on Sunday, Parfett claimed the scratch prize in the Blayney Open.

The Duntryleague golfer delivered a one-under total of 101 for the 27 holes.

He finished one shot ahead of Payne (102).

“It was nice to back up and not be a one-hit wonder,” Parfett laughed.

He said the Blayney course provided a great challenge for the field of 75.

“What a tricky little track it is. It’s quite demanding. You’ve got to keep it in play,” Parfett explained.

“The greens were good.”

Parfett played the Blayney course for the first time last Thursday and knew it would be tough to win the open.

He was taken aback by the one-under total he recorded on Sunday.

“I was surprised at my score. After I played there on Thursday I thought three or four over would win it,” he said.

Payne was a few groups behind Parfett on Sunday but, on a nine-hole course, both were aware of how the other was playing.

“The first nine I had even par and Payney had two under,” Parfett explained.

“The second nine I had one under and so did Payney. I started the third nine badly. I three-putted the first and the third. Payney had a triple-bogey on the sixth.

“I was one shot in front with two to play. I parred the 26th and chipped in on the 27th.”

Payne may have missed out on the scratch title but his three-under 65 for the first 18 holes equalled the course record at Blayney.

Wentworth’s Craig Stojanovic was third with 105, closely followed by Duntryleague’s Wayne Carpenter (106).

Warren Breitnauer took out B grade with 114, just ahead of Blayney’s Peter O’Neill (116).

The C grade title went to Blayney’s Ted Dell with 128.

The Wentworth Open is on this weekend but Parfett isn’t confident about winning three in a row.

“Wenty is a course I can’t play,” Parfett said.

“I’m lucky to break 80 there. It just gets me.”

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