Ryan Sheridan completed a dream 20 years in the making after he defeated four-time champion Adam Davey on the first play-off hole to secure his first Aglime State Sand Greens Championship title.

Sheridan held his nerve in front of .a home Brookton Country Club crowd to sink a seven-footer for birdie – just moments after missing a similar putt on the 18th green – and seal a fully-deserved victory after a flawless final-round 69.

Defending champion Davey had sent the contest to extra holes after he birdied the 18th but Sheridan was not to be denied before revealing it was watching Davey win the second of his titles – back in 1998 – that had inspired him to one day lift the winner’s shield.

“It’s a dream that I’ve had for ages,” said Sheridan, who last weekend shot a course-record 63 at Brookton.

“I watched Adam Davey win in 1998 when I first played in ‘The Sands’ down at Lake Grace and I remember thinking: ‘This guy is out of this world’.

“So to actually get into a play-off with him and to then get my name on the shield with guys like him and (six-time winner Michael) Dennis and all these guys is amazing.”

Sheridan admitted to nerves after a healthy gallery defied the falling rain to assemble next to the 10th tee for the start of the play-off and to cheer on their home-town hopeful.

“I was pacing around but I made sure that I didn’t turn around and look behind when I was going down the fairway because I knew there was a lot of people there,” he said.

But while the school teacher might have felt the weight of expectation, the home advantage would prove critical as he carded his second birdie of the day when it counted most on a hole he knows well.

“When I come to practice I usually drop a couple of balls on number 10 there and it paid off,” he said.

“Practice paid off.

“The hands were a bit shaky (over the putt) and I must credit one of our local members – about three months ago I changed left-hand low putting. I just changed completely out of the blue.

“It feels a little bit more reliable and I saw the line and I putted it in.”

Sheridan had started the day with plenty of work to do after an opening-round 75 left him four shots adrift of overnight leader Rodney Shemeld (Harvey) and three behind Davey.

The Greenbushes right-hander then stormed out of the blocks, with two birdies in his opening three holes to take over the lead but it was Sheridan’s consistency that would be rewarded as he did not drop a single shot all day.

Sheridan drew level with Davey by the 11th and a see-sawing battle ensued as the defending champion dropped a shot at the par-three 13th only to recover the lost ground when he holed a putt from off the green at the par-three 15th.

Sheridan continued to plug away and when Davey missed a 25-footer for par at 17, the local favourite was a stroke ahead and with a makeable birdie putt.

When it lipped out the groans from the crowd in the nearby clubhouse were audible, but just 20 minutes later those same spectators would be cheering a well-earned win around the 10th green as Sheridan celebrated his winning putt with a fist-pump of delight.

“Congratulations to Ryan for his performance,” Davey said at the post-tournament ceremony.

Sheridan had started the day with plenty of work to do after an opening-round 75 left him four shots adrift of overnight leader Rodney Shemeld (Harvey) and three behind Davey.

“I had a feeling he was going to do something like that – I don’t even know why we went down the extra hole.

“I sensed he could do something and he did – I’m glad for him.”

A memorable weekend for Brookton was capped by another local, Chris Rawes, claiming third place, five shots off the leaders, with Aaron Dobson (Lakelands) and 2015 champion Dan Negus (Northam) a stroke further back.

A total of 192 players, from 72 clubs across the state, competed over the four days of the tournament which was superbly hosted by Brookton, who showcased their hidden gem of a course.

The picturesque lay-out remained in excellent nick despite heavy rain during the weekend while the hospitality was enjoyed by all of the players and spectators.

“It was good to see a local boy get up, have a crack and win in the playoff. It was excellent stuff,” Aglime marketing and sales manger Dave Gartner said.

“Brookton have done it before and they’ve done it again. The weather, as rough as it was, didn’t prevent them from staging an excellent event.

“We’ve renewed our sponsorship (an extension agreed last year runs through until 2020) and the tournament is at Jurien Bay next year, a course I know well, so we’re looking forward to that.”

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