A rather short, one hole play-off, was all that was required to decide the Champion Golfer in the 2017 ACT Monaro District Championships that were played today (26/11/17) at the Fairbairn Golf Club, under threatening skies.  Three players finished their rounds with Par scores (70 shots) – Trent Britton (R in photo) (Queanbeyan), Dominic Falk (Goulburn) and Joshua Reid (Royal Canberra) (Left photo).  Ian Gibson (Yowani) secured 4th place with a 1-over score of 71 and his sparring partner from Yowani John Fitzgerald finished in 5th place a shot further back, on 72.

The play-off was organised for holes 1 and 13 until a result was decided, but it all ended on the first — much to the disappointment of the crowd of about 20 that came out to watch the fight!  Trent hit-off first and bombed a fairway wood/rescue across the front of the green and finished a couple of metres off the back left-hand side of the green.   The pin was situated front right behind the big bunker that guards this part of the green.  Josh hit 2nd and was very disappointed with his hooked fairway wood that went into the fir trees on the left of the fairway and kicked further left into the dead zone between the 1st and 13th holes.  Dominic hit his drive a long way right and long of the green and finished in the trees about 50 m away.  Although they both hit reasonably good second shots to finish close to the green, short chips and 2 puts each, meant they both finished off with 5’s.  Trent chipped his 2nd shot to 2 m beyond the pin and sank his first putt for a comfortable birdie 3 and the Trophy.

Trent will hold the District Trophy for a year (after it is engraved) and received a $500 voucher for his performance. Dominic ($250) voucher and Josh ($100) did not go home empty handed.  Yass golfer Jarrod Porter followed on from his Dad’s performance in the ACT Senior Championships last week earlier and also picked up a $100 voucher for the second best nett score of 69. Dominic Falk actually had the best nett score of 67, but unfortunately he can only win one major prize in this competition.

With late withdrawal and a few no shows the total field was only 30 players, There was only one senior player (Simon Dunstone) who scored  credible nett 74 and no juniors, so prizes for these divisions were not awarded.  With 6 players each Queanbeyan and Yowani were the best represented clubs, closely followed by Goulburn with 5 and Yowani with 4.  Perhaps next year, Federal and Gold Creek will try and hold their Club championships away from this weekend, as there were players from these clubs who were keen to participate

The DGA wished to sincerely thank the Fairbairn Golf Club for hosting this event and for the assistance of the Club Staff with starting, ball spotting and for a very tasty sausage sizzle.  I thank Les Wallace (DGA Executive) for all of his efforts with keeping the field moving and with local rulings.

See seperate report on the ACT-M Order of Merit Championships that were also decided at this event.



Position First name Last name Club name To par Total
1 Trent BRITTON Queanbeyan Golf Club Par 70
2 Dominic Falk Goulburn Golf Club Par 70
3 JOSHUA REID Royal Canberra Golf Club Par 70
4 Ian Gibson Yowani Country Club +1 71
5 John Fitzgerald Yowani Country Club +2 72
6 Robby Furner Yass Golf Club +3 73
7 Jarrod Porter Yass Golf Club +3 73
8 KRISTOPHER COLE Royal Canberra Golf Club +4 74
9 Aaron Shearing Murrumbidgee Country Club +5 75
10 CAMERON HAINES The Lakes Golf Club +5 75
11 James BULL Queanbeyan Golf Club +5 75
12 Adam Robinson Cooma Golf Club +5 75
13 DON JORDAN Royal Canberra Golf Club +5 75
14 Jarred Hunt Goulburn Golf Club +6 76
15 Chris DUNSTONE Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club +6 76
16 Ross MCLOUGHLIN Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club +6 76
17 Christopher Lynch Fairbairn Golf Club Inc +6 76
18 Jono Gann Goulburn Golf Club +6 76
19 Shane Seaton Yowani Country Club +6 76
20 MICHAEL PEAD Royal Canberra Golf Club +6 76
21 STEFAN TUIONETOA Royal Canberra Golf Club +6 76
22 Joshua Crockett Queanbeyan Golf Club +7 77
23 Scott Nolan Goulburn Golf Club +7 77
24 Grant Jones Queanbeyan Golf Club +7 77
25 Jonathan RICKS Queanbeyan Golf Club +7 77
26 Patrick Smith Goulburn Golf Club +8 78
27 Simon DUNSTONE Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club +10 80
28 Matt DOYLE Queanbeyan Golf Club +10 80
29 Mitchell Davison Murrumbidgee Country Club +11 81
30 Kieran Wilson Yowani Country Club +13 83
31 MARK BUICK Royal Canberra Golf Club +13 83
NR Bradley Burgess Yowani Country Club
NS Jordan DE SMET Queanbeyan Golf Club
RTD Richard Bance Gold Creek Golf Club
NS Brendan O’GRADY Queanbeyan Golf Club
NR Bradley Mitchell Goulburn Golf Club
NS Anthony Rath Goulburn Golf Club