Port Fairy golfer Xavier McCartney on his way to his third club championship yesterday. IN-FORM Port Fairy golfer Xavier McCartney wrapped up a solid four rounds on his home course to collect his third club championship yesterday.
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Sweltering heat, gusty winds and bucketing rain tested players throughout the three weekends of competition, but the resilient McCartney proved his ability in all conditions, holding on to his lead from the first day.

The 20-year-old opened his campaign with a par-72 before firing a 77 in the second round to own a four-shot buffer heading into the weekend.

Despite Saturday’s wet and blustery weather, McCartney powered along to produce a stunning 74.

The former Port Fairy Golf Club greenkeeper closed the deal with a 79 yesterday, finishing with a total of 302.

“I was pretty happy with the first three rounds,” he said.

“But I wasn’t too happy with my score (yesterday). I played a few bad shots and a few short putts.

“In the end I was just happy to take the win and be done with it.

“They were the toughest conditions I’ve played in. We had all four seasons.”

McCartney, who plays off a handicap of zero and is pursuing a professional career, previously won the club championship when he was 14 and 16.

Yesterday he continued an arm-wrestle with last year’s winner Chris Dunn.

“I started off really well,” he said.

“I was three-under off the fourth and was seven or eight shots in front.

“But then I had one really bad hole (sixth) and he (Dunn) started to catch up.”

However, with the support of caddy Aaron Finnigan, McCartney recovered to claim the title, four shots ahead of Dunn, who recorded a total of 306. Port Fairy’s Troy Richardson was third with 324.

Meanwhile, Kadir Zehir, who was tied for second with Dunn at the halfway point of the open competition, had to settle for the B grade trophy after shooting a disastrous 95 on Saturday and finishing with 329.

Melbourne’s David Newton posted 358 to win C grade, while Warrnambool’s Paul Hay was the best of D grade with 385.

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