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Oliver Betschart survives play-off to claim victory in Texas

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Oliver Betschart claimed age group honours competing at STPGA Your in Texas this week (Photograph supplied)

Oliver Betschart savoured his first victory of the year when competing on the Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Tour this week.

The promising golfer claimed the boys 13-14 title after defeating overnight leader Bennett Kuhn in an exciting play-off at the Spring Break Classic, which was held at Lakecliff Golf Club in Travis County, Texas, on Monday and Tuesday.

Oliver Betschart (Photograph supplied)

Kuhn squandered the lead after making bogey on the last hole during the second and final round at the par-71 layout.

That left him tied with Betschart at seven over at the end of the 36-hole event and set the stage for the sudden death play-off between the two players.

Kuhn nailed a 20-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to thrust himself in the driver’s seat but Betschart responded brilliantly by burying his own birdie attempt from half the distance to stay in the hunt.

“I knew after he sunk his 20-foot putt that I had to make mine,” Betschart told The Royal Gazette.

The Bermudian seized the upper hand when Kuhn’s second shot from the fairway found the water hazard, with Betschart’s two putts for par on the second play-off hole at the 18th green enough for victory.

“I hit a great drive slight cross and downwind about 330 yards, which just left me with a wedge in and I was far in front of Bennett,” Betschart added. “Then he put it in the water, so I just played it smart and left myself a two-putt for the win. It was a long day but I was happy that I could seal the win under pressure.”

Betschart carded an opening round 74 to trail leader Kuhn by two shots heading into the final round and he was flawless on the front nine, which he played at one under after carding a birdie at the par-five 4th.

However, he fell off the pace after making the turn, dropping five shots coming in.

“On the back nine of the second round, the wind began to pick up, so I was a little off with some of my club selections,” Betschart said.

“I had finished and was watching Bennett play the last hole, which he bogeyed and put us in to a play-off, that’s golf,” Betschart said.

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Published March 16, 2023 at 7:49 am (Updated March 16, 2023 at 7:49 am)

Oliver Betschart survives play-off to claim victory in Texas

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