Tony and Nick do the trick

By ADAM HICKS

IT was one for the weekend warriors.

Coraki club amateur golfers Tony Clark and Nick De With, who play off a combined handicap of 38, won the NSW Fourball Championship yesterday. The self proclaimed 'honest golfers' turned around a three-point first round deficit from Wednesday to score 50 points on the second 18 and win by four points.

Clark put the win down to the rebound of the ball.

"We got lucky," he said. "I hit plenty of trees. But if we hit a tree today, it bounced back on to the fairway.

"If we hit a tree yesterday it got stuck in under it where we couldn't get a shot.

"Today we had all the luck. If we had a swing at the ball we could shake it and do something with it."

De With said it was a team effort.

"I'm blown away by the quality of golf that this man and myself have played over these two days," he said.

"It was a good honest team effort. I am very, very happy. Humbled to be in the company of the quality of golf I have seen this weekend and be on top of that quality. We were quietly confident and it's worked out really well."

The pair out-scored 39 other pairs who played in the final at Catalina Country Club, Batemans Bay.

The Statewide competition was contested by about 10,000 players when it started in January.

The stableford format put players in pairs and took the best score of the two for each hole.

The final was played over two rounds with scores from each round added to decide the winner.

De With said the course knowledge gained over the first 18 holes gave them a good platform for the final round yesterday.

"We knew what targets to hit and combined well to hit those targets," he said.

Clark said the course was challenging.

"It was hard competition," he said.

"The course was really good, really tight and the greens were fast. Everything worked for us today."



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