Rollercoaster ride in Coffs Golf Club Championship before Louez wins a thriller

Adem Louez tees off during the final round of the Coffs Harbour Golf Club’s Brown and Hurley Club Championship last Sunday. Photo: Green Shoots Marketing.

IT was a topsy-turvy final few holes in the final round of the Coffs Harbour Golf Club’s Brown and Hurley Club Championship last Sunday but the final result saw Aden Louez win the title for the second time.

Louez started the final round trailing Billy Flanagan by two strokes.

Flanagan was chasing a fourth straight Club Championship crown and despite a double-bogey on the second hole still held a three shot lead after 7 holes.

Louez birdied the par-5 8th hole before Flanagan displayed incredible sportsmanship on the 9th hole when he called a one stroke penalty on himself.

Nobody else saw his ball move but the reigning champ did and he revealed his tremendous character with his admission.

Considering the final margin, it was a vital moment in the Championship but Flanagan earned the admiration of all that were watching.

On the back nine, Louez enjoyed a two stroke swing on the 12th hole to take the lead which went out to two strokes on the next hole.

The 16th hole was drama-packed when Louez took driver off the tee and pulled his shot left into the water before making a double bogey.

Flanagan made birdie to regain the lead by just one stroke with two holes to play.

Louez said using his driver on that hole wasn’t unusual for him.

“I just played to win and just hit the wrong shot at the wrong time, a bit of a pull left,” Louez said.

“That’s what I do every Saturday (use the driver) so I wasn’t going to change my game plan.

“I told my caddy to just trust me on the decision and I hit it.

“But the thing is I never got nervous or anything once it happened.

“I sort of just accepted it and moved on.”

The final hole saw Flanagan push his drive right and be forced to hit his second shot back onto the fairway.

Louez made par which left Flanagan with a nine-foot putt to send the Championship into a playoff.

The narrow miss meant Louez’s wait to win the trophy a second time was over.

“I won it back in 2018 but Billy has been on a bit of a hot streak,” he said.

“It’s nice to get my name on the trophy again.”

Cameron Pollard finished third in the A-Grade Championship seven strokes off the lead.

The B-Grade contest was also a thriller with Gerard Martin making a birdie on the last hole to edge out Darren Girard by a stroke.

Peter English won the C-Grade crown ahead of Robert Phillipse and Thomas Frewen.

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