Baker, Atkin claim Charles Uptin knockout glory

Charles Uptin Knockout finalists at the first tee Garry Kemp, Greg Kent, Chris Baker and Paul Atkin.

Charles Uptin Knockout finalists at the first tee Garry Kemp, Greg Kent, Chris Baker and Paul Atkin.

On some days the putts drop and on others they do not.

This was the difference between the two pairs in the final of the 69th Charles Uptin Knockout at Port Macquarie Golf Club on Sunday.

Chris Baker and Paul Atkin beat Greg Kent and Garry Kemp two and one in a match that often reached a high standard.

There were four birdies in the match.

Three times in the opening six holes, Baker and Atkin sank putts from off the green, while at the same times their opponents had putts that lipped out. After six holes Baker and Atkin were four up.

Kent and Kemp got the margin back to just one after ten holes before Baker and Atkin won the 11th hole.

The margin fluctuated between one and two for several holes. When Atkin made par at the 17th Kent and Kemp needed birdie to keep the match alive, but neither was able to get the birdie.

A critical hole was the 14th where Kemp hit a four iron to about a metre but he missed the birdie putt to lose the hole to Atkin who made a par with a shot on the hole.

None of the four finalists had previously won the Charles Uptin Knockout.

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