A DOUBLE-bogey on the last hole cost Port Macquarie’s Jackson Jubelin a top two finish at the men’s Seaside Classic on Sunday.
Muswellbrook golfer Nathan Waters emerged with the title after scoring rounds of 70 and 72 to finish five shots clear of Zac Mullens.
Waters was one under par overnight.
He got to four under par with five holes to go but then bogeyed the 14th, double bogeyed the 15th and then bogeyed the 17th to be back to even par.
Most of the leaders had problems over the closing holes.
Jubelin had a short putt at the last hole for outright second but the youngster missed it and then missed the return putt.
Mullens was the runner up last year as well and Jubelin finished in a four-way tie for third with Mark Hale, Mark Ellison and Brayden Petersen.
He admitted he was disappointed in the way he finished the tournament.
“I hit it down the middle and then had a mental lapse where I left my putt quite short,” he said.
“I was disappointed with that and then my putt lipped out.”
The Port Macquarie golfer will head to the United States at the end of the week to take up a golf scholarship at college.
He said the conditions were a lot more challenging this year than they were 12 months ago.
“It was a lot windier this year and the course was hard and fast so the ball was bouncing on the greens,” he said.
“But I knew what to expect.”
Jubelin said he was happy with how he performed on the first day, but couldn’t back it up on day two.
“I hit them alright on the first day and my chipping and putting was pretty good – it probably saved me a bit,” he said.
“My putting is my strength.”