Mudgee golfers continued their stranglehold on the Lithgow Golf Club Open tournament with Andrew Best living up to his name with a brilliant win over a large field.
The 2021 Open was again sponsored by Westfund and it was good to see their CO Jon Goodgame at the presentation to hand out the trophies.
A big thanks go out to Westfund and also Drummond Golf of Penrith who was also a sponsor.
Best has now won the Lithgow Open three times as has his Mudgee club mate Mark Hale making it six wins for Mudgee golfers over the past seven years.
The classy Best shot a three under par 69 which was five better than his closest rival. It was a top score in the difficult conditions with the recent rains making the fairways very heavy with the testing Lithgow course playing at its longest making Best's score all the more impressive.
A countback was needed to decide the Open runner up title with Lithgow's Harry Bender edging out Anthony Boza after both golfers finished on 74.
The A grade handicap winner was young Blake Goldspink on 69 nett on a countback and such his improvement he is one to watch over the coming years.
The runner up was Don Wolfenden who also returned a 69 nett.
It was a successful day for the Goldspinks with Blake's father Les taking out the B grade scratch with a score of 89.
The runner up was Mudgee's Craig Taylor on 92. The B grade handicap winner was a very happy Rob George on 74 nett on a countback from runner up Kevin Casey also on 74 nett.
Other awards were as follows:
Veteran winners were Andrew Burton who enjoyed his first event in this age group (over 50s) with Burton winning the scratch with a 75 while John Bird won the handicap on 71 nett with Bird continuing his good form from the day before when he won the A grade monthly medal.
Another to enjoy a good weekend was Nathan Marshall who was the Saturday B grade medal winner and he backed it up with the scratch title with 83 in the junior section.
The junior nett winner was Tallan Egan on 79 nett. In the teams events the best scratch team prize went to Mark Hale, Andrew Burton, Jonno Van Veen and Harry Bender.
The handicap winning team was Nathan and Dave Marshall and Troy and Mitch Luka.
Nearest to the pins went to Anthony Boza, Andrew Best, Geoff Wheeler, Dave Titcume and Tallan Egan.
The longest drives went to Tallan Egan in A grade and Liam Clarke in B grade.
At the presentation board member Justin Nelson thanked all those who had travelled to participate in the Open along with the green staff who had the course in the best condition considering the past month of heavy rains.
He also thanked the sponsors, the club staff and those who manned the barbecue. In all it was a very successful open.
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