Exciting men’s division came down to 18th hole

Sea Cav Golf Tournament

Golfers met idyllic weather and course conditions last weekend as the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club hosted the annual Sea Cavalcade Tournament. Women’s defending champion Noni Wadner used her day one score of 75 to ensure victory, while Deb Sneddon picked up low net honours. 

Bill Sneddon used tried and true methods to defeat defending senior champ Greg Kocher for his ninth Sea Cav title, while Tom Rippons’ pair of 75s earned him low net score. 

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The men’s division proved exciting and came down to the 18th hole. 

Defending champ Jacob Bland had his four-shot lead cut to two at the turn as challenger Curtis Land went out one under. Land, who looked like he was out of it after dropping shots at 13 and 14, drove 311 yards on the par four 16th, and converted the seven-foot putt for an eagle, setting up a finish on 18. 

That became a reality when Bland hit into the woods right and Land went straight. Bland punched out wisely and hit his approach shot to five feet. Land, with the biggest shots of the tournament still to go, hit an approach shot over the pin to 15 feet but failed to convert. Bland, in “Sneddonesque” style, tapped in for a one stroke win and his third title.

– Submitted by J.P. LeFrank

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