Kellow holds his nerve in play-off

January 11, 2017

Golf glory: Shepparton local Brett Kellow was crowned champion at the 2017 La Trobe Open on the weekend.

Mooroopna Golf Club member Brett Kellow won the Latrobe Open in a nail-biting finish in Melbourne on Sunday.

Played at the Latrobe Golf Club in pleasant conditions, Kellow was forced to compete in a play-off after tying for the lead with Cobram-Barooga’s Chris Tomlinson.

Going into the Ivo Whitton Trophy event, Kellow was relatively confident, despite coming up against about 100 fellow amateurs from across the state.

‘‘Going in I wasn’t really nervous, you have to go in with the aim of winning. I wasn’t going to go in thinking that I have no chance from the outset,’’ Kellow said.

Kellow finished with scores of 73 and 70, which put him in a play-off on a hole that had not treated him well across the two days.

It was at that point his nerves started to alter a little.

‘‘I was a little nervous going into the play-off, I played that hole twice before and one of the times I shanked my shot, so I had that in the back of my mind. Luckily it worked out well in the end,’’ Kellow said.

Kellow, 29, was excited about starting the new year off well, but did not see himself progressing further into the pro-am or professional ranks.

‘‘I’m nearly 30 now, I’m a bit old, so I’ll just stick to competing in the amateurs and see how I go,’’ Kellow said.

Next for Kellow will be the Australian Amateur Championships next week before the Mooroopna Masters on February 4.

‘‘I’ve finished runner-up four times in Mooroopna, so hopefully my start to the year will put me into good shape heading into that tournament,’’ Kellow said.

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