Wally gives them a run for the money in Handiskins competition

HANDY WIN: Orange Ex-Services’ Golf Club Handiskins finalists (from left) Andrew Pinkstone, Wally Hennessey, Frances Lumsdon and Gavin Hassan.

HANDY WIN: Orange Ex-Services’ Golf Club Handiskins finalists (from left) Andrew Pinkstone, Wally Hennessey, Frances Lumsdon and Gavin Hassan.

WALLY Hennessey won Orange Ex-Services’ Golf Club’s inaugural Handiskins competition in a tight final last weekend, taking the majority of the $1200 prize pool.

Handiskins is a modified version of the traditional skins format, and is targeted at club golfers.

From five qualifying stableford rounds players totalled their three best scores, with the top four of Hennessey, Andrew Pinkstone, Gavin Hassan and Frances Lumsdon all qualifying for the final.

The quartet then vied for the majority of a total prize pool, with each set of holes being worth a designated amount - holes one to six were worth $40 each, holes seven to 12 were worth $60 and holes 13 to 18 were worth $80 each. 

Hennessey took the major share in the final, snaring $375 thanks to six skins wins, which was played on a two square all square basis with any prize money on any holes not won outright jackpotting to the next hole

Lumsdon, Ex-Services’ only female finalist, also won six skins but finished second, winning $355.

Pinkstone ($275, three skins) and Hassan ($195, two skins), finished third and fourth respectively.

“It was great, I wasn’t expecting do that well in the final,” Hennessey said.

“I didn’t play too badly, I think it was more just me adapting to conditions a bit better. Although it was tough to block the cold out.

“I wasn’t sure I’d done enough to get myself into the final originally I’d played okay in the lead up but not as well as I could have. I was pretty chuffed when I found out I’d made the cut, and even more so to get the win.

“I’m pretty sure everyone loved it, and I’ll definitely play again next time the competition rolls around.”

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