With the PGA Tour of Australasia in Western Australia for a fortnight, Simon Zybek and his Blitz Golf concept took the opportunity to stage a first professional Blitz Golf event in the state between the WA PGA and WA Open.
Held at the Western Australian Golf Club, there was a host of local Tour winners in the field attempting to take the title in the unique format, but it was a club member and newly minted pro who walked away victorious this week.
A well credentialled amateur before joining the play-for-pay ranks, Haydn Barron knows the Western Australian Golf Club like the back of his hand, even occasionally helping on the green staff, however, he still needed to overcome some legends and in form players.
Played over six holes, the opening round saw the evergreen Matt Millar lead one bracket, with European Tour winner Brett Rumford on top of the other side of the draw, both players managing three-under.
Including the likes of recent Tour winner Jarryd Felton and former European Tour player Jason Norris, the field was cut in half ahead of the second round Blitz over three holes, with a seven player for four spot play-off required.
Again sudden death was needed to decide the make-up of the four finalists, Barron advancing with a one-under score that was matched by Norris, while Tim Hart also qualified and Brady Watt defeated Millar and amateur Jye Pickin in a nearest the pin challenge from 57 metres to secure the final spot.
As was the case last week in Adelaide, the one hole final was enough to separate the four finalists, Barron striking his approach at the par-3 to six feet with the honour and eventually sinking the putt to take the trophy in a popular home town win.