DESPITE being behind the eight-ball for much of the day, Dave Chippendale held on in torrid conditions on Sunday to secure the Orange Ex-Services Country Club A grade match play championship.
Taking on Gavin Hassan in a back-and-forth affair, Chippendale secured his 4 and 3 victory on the 15th green, the second time around, and put the win down to consistency.
“Gavin was in front for most of the day,” Chippendale said.
“It was a very back-and-forth affair. I thought I was in a bit of trouble because he was putting much better than I was when we went through 18 square. I think he tired a bit on the second 18, and I stayed consistent, hung in there and got the win.”
Sunday was Chippendale’s second A grade title, he also won in 2009, and he lauded his opponent.
“I think Gavin plays off about six or seven, but he’s very handy off that,” Chippendale, a three-marker, said.
“He’s been playing some good golf and winning plenty of competitions, so I knew I was in for a big game. It’s great to get the win up.”
In the lower division finals, Michael Pickett completed a clinical 5 and 4 win over Craig Sharwood to secure the B grade title, while Peter Powles won a thriller against Jason Watmore in C grade, securing his 1 up victory on the 36th hole.
Wentworth’s match play semi-finals were also scheduled for Sunday, but were postponed due to conditions.
“We didn’t want to have the guys playing semi-final golf with preferred lies, and bunkers out of play, basically,” Wentworth professional Todd Brakenridge said.
“Half the guys wanted to play, and half didn’t, so the call was made to deem the course unplayable for semi-final golf.”