Shaw & Gentle claim Jeep 4 Ball
Monday, 5 March 2012
New South Wales professional Peter Shaw and amateur partner Chris Gentle have claimed the 2012 Jeep Australian 4 Ball Championship, winning on the first extra play off hole from Paul Williamson and Tony Clark.
In a dramatic end to the Championship which was shortened to 54 holes after play was cancelled on Saturday due to heavy rain, Shaw and Gentle carded a final round 13 under 59 to post 36 under for the Championship. The pair however would then endure an anxious wait while Williamson and Clark played the eighteenth hole where a birdie would have been good enough to claim victory. Unfortunately they could only manage a par five and the two teams headed to a sudden death playoff. In fading light the teams returned to the ninth where Shaw and Gentle were to claim the title with a Nett birdie three to Williamson and Clarks par four.
For his efforts Shaw takes home a $65,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee motor Vehicle and talked about the impact this will have on his future. “What an unbelievable time for me to win this event. My current car is falling apart and it’s been a constant battle just to keep it on the road. I really want to thank Jeep for their support as this will certainly help me with my career for many years to come” Shaw said during his acceptance speech.
Unfortunately overnight leaders Nick Cullen and Karen Snowball could only manage a seven under par 65 in their final round to finish three shots behind the winner’s in a tie for third with Terry Price and Ian Matheson.
In the professional’s individual section Nick Cullen has continued his liking of the RACV Royal Pines layout, finishing equal first with Matthew Griffin and defending the title he won the previous year. Cullen shot rounds of 67, 66 and 68 to finish on 15 under while Griffin had rounds of 70, 64 and 67 with the pair finishing two shots ahead of New Zealanders Michael Hendry and Ryan Fox.
For the very first time a car was up for grabs to the first amateur to score a hole in one on the seventh hole. With the camera rolling, Western Australian amateur John Stewart executed the perfect 7 iron which landed on the green and trickled into the hole. Stewart couldn’t believe it at first, but once confirmed that he had won the Jeep Grand Cherokee on offer he was elated. “What a feeling, I just can’t believe that it has happened. Unfortunately I will now have to relinquish my amateur status for the next 12 months but it is certainly worth it considering I will be taking home this fabulous motor vehicle” Stewart commented after his round.
Many of the professionals will now prepare for the first One Asia event for 2012 the Indonesian PGA, while the next stop on the QLD Sunshine Tour will be at Ballina on Wednesday.