Herbert wins Neangar Park Classic in play-off

LUCAS Herbert showed his class with a thrilling win in the Neangar Park Classic on Sunday.

MAKING A SPLASH: Lucas Herbert blasts his second shot out of the rough at Neangar Park. Picture: PETER WEAVING

MAKING A SPLASH: Lucas Herbert blasts his second shot out of the rough at Neangar Park. Picture: PETER WEAVING

Melbourne’s James Bannan forced a play-off with Herbert after they both posted a six-under par total of 136 for the 36-hole Ivo Whitton Trophy event.

In the play-off both players found the fairway off the tee on the par-four 370m first hole.

Bannan’s second shot was pin-high but about 30 feet from the hole.

Herbert seized the opportunity, hitting a pitching wedge from 115m to within three feet of the cup.

 Bannan’s birdie putt fell just short, leaving Herbert with a tap-in for birdie and the tournament.

“It’s nice to win these events on my home course,’’ Herbert said.

“There’s some good names on the trophy, so it’s nice to have my name on it.”

Herbert, who shared the lead at the halfway mark with Christian Bennett at three-under par, looked in trouble when he battled on the opening eight holes of the second round.

An eagle on the par-five ninth, and birdies on the par-five 11th and par-four 13th put him back in contention.

On the short par-four 15th Herbert produced the shot of the day, holing out for eagle with his second shot.

He followed up with a birdie on the par-three 16th to finish three-under for the round and six-under for the tournament.

“On the 15th I had a bit of a gap between two trees and I was just hoping to get it on the green,’’ Herbert said.

“I hit an eight iron… I didn’t expect to hole it, but I’d chipped pretty well all day and luckily it went in.”

Herbert and Bannan (69-67) finished three shots clear of Zac Murray, who fired rounds of 70 and 69.

Herbert’s playing partner Ryan Ruffels was three-under par after the first three holes of the first round, but had to settle for an even par 71. He shot the same score in the afternoon round.

Adele Huggard 78-81 was a one-shot winner of the women’s event from Jaydon Vaenuku 79-81.

Sunday’s victory followed Herbert’s success in Saturday’s Neangar Park Club Championship.

The Bendigo Senior Secondary College student claimed his third-straight title, with a resounding 16-shot victory.


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