IT took Tom Henwood 34 holes, but he finally got his name on the Opotiki Golf Club’s captain’s match-play trophy.
Henwood defeated Raymond Shove in the entertaining final, which was played in soggy conditions on Sunday.
He was three shots up at one stage, but Shove battled back to be just one down with five holes to play. Then on that well renowned and treacherous, No 14, the Wrecker, disaster for struck Shove as he went out of bounds and messed up 15 and 16 and sealing the victory for Henwood.
First time winner Henwood said Shove lost the last three holes rather than him winning them, but it was a good match.
This year the competition was shortened due to Covid-19, but the golf club were still stoked to fit it in.
Opotiki Golf Club house manager Lew Kerr said they abbreviated the format this year.
“We usually have more than 40 golfers compete in an elimination style format held throughout the season but this year due to Covid-19 we had to shorten it to a qualifying format then had quarterfinals, semi-finals and then the final.”
Kerr said it was nice for Henwood to win the title for the first time.
“It was good to see because Ray is a bit of veteran in this tournament, he’s won it a few times, so it was nice to see Tom put his name on the trophy.”
He said the course was immaculate condition and paid credit to the volunteers who work hard to keep it well maintained.
“They’re fantastic and the amount of work they have done to get the course the way it looks is testament to them.”
Kerr said they hope the weather conditions hold for next Monday.
“We are holding the mixed veteran’s tournament for about 120 golfers from Kawerau, Te Teko, Ohope, Whakatane and our club so it will be a great day, if the rough weather stays away.”