The WAGGL Open
Inaugural WAGGL Open Champion – Troy Pegrum
Round 1 began with Secret Harbour being blessed with the sight of 11 supreme athletes dressed in the pure white, yellow and black of the WAGGL polo.
In contrast to the weather, the course was in splendid condition with speedy greens and some tough pin placements on the front 9. Clint was the first to break away from the peloton, charging to 4 under with some tidy pars. However, as was the case throughout the weekend, the course giveth, the course taketh away and Clint’s visit to the top of the leaderboard was short lived. At the halfway mark Troy Pegrum had the lead at -2 with Zen, Smith and Carter all still in contention. However, the difficult par 5, index 18 proved too much for Carter as he hit 11 off the tee to close the hole with a 17. From there it was Zen who went on a run of par’s and birdies to top the leaderboard on day 1 with a -6 (off 18) round of 84 off the stick.
As yet another Saturday night to remember at a WAGGL major ended with tales of death by pavement, failed quaddies, midnight race calls, bum pats in nightclubs and steaming farts in confined spaces…the gentlemen of WAGGL head to The Links, Kennedy bay to find out who had the stomach, the consistency and the nerve to take home ‘Nan’s Vase’.
Playing in an early and extremely homosexual group, Shaun and Desilva enjoyed benign conditions and little wind to post low scores that hinted of little pressure and frequent bum pats. The more masculine members of the field tee’d off more than 2 hours later with the wind becoming an increasingly challenging factor on the tight links layout.
With 3 holes played, Zen’s 8 shot lead looked somewhat safe until the aptly named par 5 ’Hell’ halved his lead in 1 foul swoop. By the same hole, Andrew ‘Smudge’ Smith’s challenge had faded badly and he was out of contention and down a jug. By the time the final group approached the 10th, Zen’s lead had evaporated as the index 1 9th hole claimed yet another victim.
From there a see-sawing battle ensued with Troy starting to falter as the golf gods turned the breeze up a few more notches. However, a clearly out of sorts Zen continued to give him a sniff or fail to take advantage. The pressure was no more evident that at the par 3 16th when all three players in the final group missed 1 foot putts (Smudge more out of sympathy than anything else).
In what would prove a shortlived fightback, Zen finally hit a fairway and went on to par the 17th, taking a 1 shot lead to the final hole.
Troy’s mastery of the punched drive, followed by a long approach left Zen needing to put yet another provisional ball on the green from 200m. It proved too big an ask and Troy deservedly sealed the win with a tidy par at the 18th. Zen’s horror run left him with a share of 4th alongside Clint. The 20/1 outsider, Jason ‘Aravinda’ Desilva ended up the surprise 2nd place-getter, just reward for a his consistent +3′s across the 2 days.