In a thrilling finish to the 2012 Victorian
Open, Scott Arnold claimed his first professional
win at the Spring Valley Golf Club Sunday in
Australia. Starting the round tied with New Zealand’s Michael Hendry at 9-under par, it was an
exciting round of golf that saw the lead change
many times before Arnold eventually prevailed.
With scores of 71, 66, 67 and 68 for a tournament total 12 under, Arnold showed composure
when his playing partners made charges for
Kurt Barnes headed into the final day three
shots back from his playing partners, Arnold
and Hendry, but with a birdie on his opening
hole followed by birdies on the fifth and sixth
and an eagle on the seventh, he looked unstoppable. But a double-bogey on the 11th followed
by bogeys on 13 and 14 all but worked Barnes
out of the chase.
KLATTEN WINS WOMEN’S VIC TITLE
It was her first tournament in Australia and
it was certainly a memorable one after Frenchwoman Joanna Klatten recorded her first professional victory at the Women’s Victorian Open
Klatten was sitting in the clubhouse with
a two-shot lead and thinking she had earned
her first professional victory. But South Korean
Haeji Kang, trailing by two halfway up the par- 4
18th, holed a 105-yard wedge for an eagle to
force a playoff.
Klatten, 26, hurriedly found her bag and
caddie and headed to the practice range.
On the first playoff hole, Klatten holed a
15-foot putt for par to force them back to the
18th. Both players hit the 18th in regulation and
Klatten just missed her birdie putt and had a
tap in for par, and when Kang missed her short
par putt, Klatten could finally celebrate.
PARK LEADS ONEASIA QUALIFYING
Park Sung-heak prevailed in the First Stage
of the OneAsia Qualifying School at Sutera
Harbour Golf & Country Club in Sabah. He shot
a final round of even-par 72 to finish with a
three-round aggregate of 5-under-par 208.
The Korean is one of 23 players to make it
through to this week’s Final Stage, which will
also be played at Sutera Harbour.
Park’s compatriots, Kim Min-jun and Jeong
Dae-eok, finished a stroke behind in second
place. They both shot 68.
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