He double-bogied 17. His rival was the tournament’s top seed and defending champion, and had birdied the same hole. His putter would not do as explicitly commanded.
Yet Long Reef’s Steve Prior two-putted the final hole at 13th Beach on the Bellarine Peninsula to finish 11-over and one-shot winner over Cameron Pollard in the Victorian Inclusive Championship.
Prior had been dominating the final round of the Championship – a World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD) event which ran concurrently with the Victorian Open – but at the penultimate hole blocked his drive into the trees.
He then re-loaded and made a ‘second ball par’ for a commendable, nerve-ridden double-bogey 7.
Pollard, meanwhile, the Sawtell GC man who won the event in 2020, made a fine birdie 4.
And the hunter had become the hunted.