Honeysett closes national title in thriller

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Andy Honeysett and Christine Shin show off their trophies in Tasmania.

Andy Honeysett from Sydney broke through for his first Australian Deaf Golf Championship – and he did it the hard way.

Honeysett, who eliminates a 1.5 handicap, took two playoff holes to the side of state and national teammate Luke Ellis at Prospect Vale Golf Club in Tasmania.

It was Honeysett's first national crown after five attempts over seven years and the Kogarah Golf Club member worked double hard and needed a nice third round 74 to reach the play-off after he noticed Ellis two strokes through 36 holes

Ellis, who plays a 0.1 handicap at Pymble, was a teammate of Honeysett when Australia lifted the crown from the world teams in Ireland last year.

In the women's division, it was a different story for the newly crowned champion Christine Shin, who finished in comparison to a team branch victory.

Shin, 19, who arrived in Australia from New Zealand 12 years ago, scored scores of 81-84-83 to beat Crown Hill at Castle Hill Golf Club, beating Debbie Byrnes of Port Kembla Golf Club.

And the good news kept coming for New South Wales, which won the simultaneous men's and women's team events, both at a gallop.

A record total of 45 golfers entered the event for three days, a figure that was happy with Therese Pierce, the newly elected president of Deaf Golf Australia.

"We were lucky to have had almost perfect golf weather over the three days and successfully managed the event with a higher than expected number of golfers," she said.

"Congratulations to all winners, but also to every golfer who took part in the championships.

"A big thank you must go to the Tasmanian government and Golf Australia for sponsoring the championships and to Country Club Tasmania for the great support we enjoyed.

"We look forward to the next championships that will take place at the Royal Pines resort in August 2021."

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