Adam Davey of Greenbushes Golf Club is once again the master of sand, winning his fourth Aglime State Sand Greens title in a dramatic playoff at Mount Barker Golf Club.
It was a large gallery that witnessed Davey’s momentous birdie putt from the edge of the 18th green in the first playoff hole, with Manjimup’s Evan Sewell and Lakelands’ Aaron Dobson the runner-ups as they failed to match him.
The trio finished the regulation 36 holes on 2-over par, with Davey surging into the playoff with a final round of 69.
The championship itself comprised of 176 golfers from 66 golf clubs from around WA, with nine golfers representing Mount Barker as the host club.
It was Mount Barker’s second hosting of the State Sands in its 36 year history, with the prestigious shield boasting the names of many great names from the WA golfing community.
A former state player, Davey added his 2016 title to his wins in 1994, 1998 and 2013, while former state captain Michael Dennis has six titles to his name.
Other winners include World No. 1 Amateur golfer Brady Watt, the current WA Men’s Coach Vernon Sexton-Finck and Minjee Lee’s Rio-bound coach Ritchie Smith.
While Davey was delighted to add another win to his name, it was bitter-sweet with good friend Evan Sewell going so close to extending the playoff as his birdie attempt fell agonisingly short.
“I’m very happy, it was sort of a little unexpected too but I did as best as I could. It was a very cold finish but we got there in the end,” said Davey.
“It was a little tough to win over guys like Evan, I know he’d love to win one and he’s a great player, but in the end I’m going to try my best to win and today was my day.
“It was one of those days where you knew you just had to keep plugging along as you knew eventually someone ahead would hit a shot that would get caught in the breeze and cause them trouble.
“I’m very happy with the round today and whether I won or not I think 2-over was a good score in the tough conditions today.”
Ironically, Davey said pre-tournament that winning wasn’t his main motivation in travelling to Mount Barker.
“The golf is a bit of a secondary thing really, it doesn’t sounds right but you don’t come here to win golf tournaments,” said Davey.
“You come here to do what we do on and off the course, and catch up with mates you haven’t seen for 12 months.”
“And the course is great, albeit a bit wet underfoot, but there’s a lot of farmers here who are smiling and really happy that they’re having a good season, so we’re happy to put up with a little bit of water.”
Even the naming rights sponsors in Aglime break from convention for this event, with Aglime’s Dave Gartner more interested in promoting the Regional Men’s Health Initiative while building up events in regional areas.
“All the people who come down here are from communities who support our business so we support events like this to stand by our slogan of putting it back in the bush,” said Gartner.
“It’s just about camaraderie and everyone getting together. Last year we put $200,000 back into the bush, and this is one of our key events as it supports a lot of the guys who support us.
“And we love this event as it’s all about catching up and talking to your mate, which is the slogan of Regional Men’s Health, as these are the guys who can be there for you when times get tough.”