Mat Loughnane (Kew Golf Club) and Craig Skimming (13th Beach Golf Links) played the final of the Kelvin Quick Matchplay on a cool, breezy day at Barwon Heads Golf Club.
The match was keenly contested throughout and it was Mat that drew first blood on the opening hole. This was quickly offset by a birdie on the next by Craig to square the match. Conceding 7 shots to Mat, Craig found himself one down after 4 holes, and despite a brief rally, fell back to one down on their 9th hole following a great birdie, net eagle by Mat.
The match then changed direction with Craig playing a steady run of holes to be 3 up with 3 to play. It looked likely that Craig would close the match out on their 16th hole, however his very makeable putt to halve the hole just missed and so Mat won the hole and moved to the 17th hole where he was receiving a shot. Mat two putted from distance for a par, nett birdie and looked like taking the match down the last. It was not to be however, as Craig was fortunate to hole a lengthy downhill putt for a birdie and a half to close out the match.
It was played in great spirits from start to finish. It was Craig’s first time playing in the Kelvin Quick and Mat will aim to go one better in next year’s event. Both players were thankful to Barwon Heads for hosting the final and for GMV in managing the competition.
Congratulations Craig Skimming!