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Callum Judkins (Wakatipu Junior) came from behind to beat Jonny Mackay (Lower Waitaki) in the final  to win the inaugural North Otago matchplay title yesterday afternoon.

Callum Judkins tees off, watched by playing partners Brandon Hodgson, Ben Patston & Ryan Bellamy

Mackay started strongly, winning four of the first five holes, but Judkins pegged the first one back with a birdie three on the sixth hole.

The margin was reduced to two when Mackay bogeyed the par-3 seventh and the pair halved the next two holes with Mzackay turning two ahead.

Judkins made a birdie three on the 10th and got back to square with a birdie three on the short 13th.

The pair were neck and neck with halves coming home but a three-putt on the par-3 17th cost Mackay the hole and the title.

Top qualifier Phil Bungard (North Otago) relished playing at home after a stint in Christchurch but went out of the championship io Balmacewen’s Ben Patston in the first round.

However,  he regained his mojo yesterday beating Kyle Clark and Stephen Waby to win the championship flight.

Leading triallist Brandon Hodgson (Otago) was a casualty of the cut-throat 18-hole qualifying but posted three convincing wins to win the second-tier event.

He was 5-under  when he beat Ryan Bellamy 7 and 6 in the morning and claimed the final 6 and 4 at the expense of Mackenzie Gibson (Chisholm Links


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