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Federal’s Craig Whitehead wins Gun. L. Open and a spot in next year’s NSW Open.

Photo shows Craig Whitehead, at the post-round presentation with the perpetual trophy and invitation into the 2023 NSW Open. ACT-Monaro Captain Jim Jackson is next to Craig with Club Captain Kevin Flanagan (R) and Club President Richard Oliver (L).

Cold and windy weather and tricky pin-placements on the fast greens, meant that most of the 120+ golfers who played this past weekend in the 2-day 2020 Gungahlin Lakes Amateur OPEN struggled to score well. The top 3 players at the end of the event tied on 149 shots, which equates with a 5-over par score. All were visitors — Craig from Federal, Adam Hayes from Yowani and Ho Kim from Ryde-Parramatta. The best performances by Gungahlin Lakes members were from Nathan Price and Caleb Te Moananui both on a score of 155.

Craig prevailed in a 3-way play-off, on the 3rd play-off hole (GL’s 1st).

Adam had 3-putted on the first play-off hole (the 1st) to drop-out of the sudden death play-off; Craig and Ho both scored a par on the hole. After further pars on the 18th hole, and in fading light, they returned to the 1st hole for a second time. Craig hit a magnificent long-iron recovery shot from the right trees to the front right of the green and followed this up with a majestic 25-metre put and tap-in to ensure a par. Ho Kim had also hit his tee shot into the trees on right on the 1st, but could only chip out sideways back to the fairway. Unfortunately, his 3rd shot into the green faded to the back left, and then he failed to get a par to ensure the tussle would continue.

This event marked the first for an ACT-Monaro District Club amateur Open tournament. GolfNSW are offering an entry spot into the following year’s NSW Open for the best gross score (men and women) from one selected ACT-M DGA Club, each year. This year the DGA selected this event to be the Gungahlin Lakes Open. The invitation will rotate among a number of the District clubs — Murrumbidgee and Gold Creek have already been pencilled in for 2023 and 2024.

The Gungahlin Lakes Women’s Open is scheduled for Thursday 22nd September.