Sport

Pettigrew wins big golf event

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February 07, 2018

New Zealander Martin Pettigrew drives on Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Lake Course 15th, Par 4 hole during his final, sizzling six under par 66 round to claim the prestigious 2018 BMW Shepparton Senior Victorian Open played at our Black Bull Silverwoods, and YMGCR’s Murray and Lake Courses last Wednesday to Friday. The PGA event will return in 2019 and through to 2021 which will make it six consecutive years - a record for a country town.

The 2018 Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open winner, New Zealander Martin Pettigrew, proudly holds the prestigious trophy carrying the Great Peter Thomson’s name, as presented by PGA Legends Co-Ordinator Andy Rogers.

Amateur winner, local Steve Buckley, with Paul Squires of Bullers Wines.

Terry Price presented gifts to two key organisers of the big event, Evan Droop and James McCully, watched by Shepparton BMW’s Aaron Brain.

A sizzling six under par final round of 66 last Friday by New Zealander Martin Pettigrew for an overall total of 211 and five under makes him the 2018 Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open Champion.

Originally from Wellington, the 51-year-old Christchurch-based resident finished two strokes clear of Queenslander Richard Backwell.
Tied in third position two strokes further back was Queensland pair, Terry Price and tournament favourite, Peter Senior.  
On Wednesday, day one, the Black Bull gushed plenty of wind. There was just the one sub par round, of 70, by another Queenslander, Brad Burns. Pettigrew fired a 76 to be three over par.
Fortunately the strong winds disappeared for Thursday, on Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Murray Course. Scores were much better. Pettigrew fired a five under par 69 to be three strokes off the pace, with Terry Price shooting the best score of 68 to lead by one stroke from Burns and Melbourne’s David Diaz.
Starting the third round four strokes behind Price, Pettigrew went on a birdie spree on the Lake Course. After nine holes it was all square between the two, at four under par.
But the eventual winner’s blitz continued for two more birdies to get him home. Victorians Ben Jackson and John Onions finished square and tied for fifth. Burns, with plus two finished seventh and Diaz finished eighth with plus three.
But as many said, it was great golf by so many professionals and elite amateurs, watched by a good number of local golfers and a bus load of golfing enthusiasts from Thurgoona.
The big $40,000 total prize-money event involved a full field of 160 players for the initial two day Pro Am then a field of 90 seeded players for the all important third and final day, with 75 professionals and 15 elite amateurs.
“The courses are superb,” Pettigrew said. “I appreciated playing at such a wonderful venue with such great hospitality.

He admitted to having “a little connection” to the tournament. “Richard Hogg (YMGCR’s CEO) and I used to play when he was living in New Zealand.”
Pettigrew specifically mentioned James McCully (Black Bull), and YMGCR’s Evan Droop and Richard Hogg, for their organisation and the groundstaff of both courses for their superb presentation.
“I definitely will be back next year and thank Andy Rogers. The way you ran the tournament was very professional,” the winner said.
Other event winners were Victorian David Good whose scores of 76, 72 and 75 for plus seven was the best for over 65s.
And local YMGCR board director, Steve Buckley, won best amateur award with scores of 80, 77 and 79 for an overall plus 19 and dedicated his win to the caddying by wife Aileen.  

As PGA Legends Co-Odinator, Andy Rogers was thrilled with the third annual Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open in Yarrawonga/Mulwala.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “The tournament goes from strength to strength. The golf courses are just out of this world. You’ve done a fantastic job.”
Principal Dealer with Shepparton BMW Aaron Brain described the three 18-hole courses as magnificent and thanked fellow sponsors. Not only do Shepparton BMW staff possess a sound knowledge of and have extensive experience in BMWs, they are extremely good golfers!
Mr Rogers concluded proceedings by saying on behalf of the PGA: “We’re looking forward to seeing for the next three years.”
BMW Aaron Brain described the three 18-hole courses as magnificent and thanked fellow sponsors. Not only do Shepparton BMW staff possess a sound knowledge of and have extensive experience in BMWs, they are extremely good golfers!
Mr Rogers concluded proceedings by saying on behalf of the PGA: “We’re looking forward to seeing for the next three years.”

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