Caleb Bovalina clinches second place in Par 3 Championships
What a finish.
In an ending worthy of a Hollywood film, Harry Goakes held on in a nail-biter to defy Cobram’s Caleb Bovalina at the Open Age Victorian Men’s Par 3 Championship at the weekend.
Playing at Kyabram Parkland Golf Club, Bovalina produced an impressive weekend of golf.
The Cobram talent was neck-and-neck with eventual winner Goakes throughout the tournament, with the duo ending the three rounds equal, which forced a playoff to decide the winner.
Bovalina and Goakes hit a score of 57 on day one, with Bovalina holding a one-shot lead after day two.
Unfortunately for the Cobram golfer he hit one more shot than his opponent on day three, sending the duo to a playoff.
Goakes took out the playoff with a chip in from the edge of the green, with Bovalina finishing in second and Mooroopna Golf Club’s Brett Kellow three shots behind in third.
Despite not taking out the win, Bovalina’s achievements cannot be understated.
Hitting a score of seven-over par across the three days was a solid effort and the golfer not only finished in second, but hit a hole-in-one on the fifth hole.
Bovalina took home a new set of tyres for the 125m ace, with the hole-in-one adding to his golfing achievements across the weekend.
The tournament was the first after a two-year wait, with golfers from across Australia descending on Kyabram.
Parkland local Edward McQuienn enjoyed success at the event.
McQuienn saluted in B Division with a total of 99.
Meanwhile in C Division, Kyabram Valley View’s Paul Dickens and Parkland’s Tim Nelson lost in a playoff to Troy Le Grand.
The trio all finished with a total of 99.
Into its 16th year of hosting the championships, the Parkland course hosted the men’s competition on June 11 and 12, while the women’s was held on June 4 and 5.
Jazy Roberts took out the women’s tournament with a score of nine-over par, with the winner closely followed by Amelia Harris in second place at 12-over.