It's Jimmy Johnson Trophy final time at Bathurst Golf Club

THE 2017 Jimmy Johnson Trophy will be decided this Sunday in Bathurst when Ray Stapley and Ed Marel play against Kevin Callaughan and Stephen Johnson.

DECIDER: Bathurst Golf Club president Ray Stapley (pictured) and playing partner Ed Marel are facing off against Kevin Callaughan and Stephen Johnson for the Jimmy Johnson Trophy. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

DECIDER: Bathurst Golf Club president Ray Stapley (pictured) and playing partner Ed Marel are facing off against Kevin Callaughan and Stephen Johnson for the Jimmy Johnson Trophy. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Stapley and Marel didn’t even know one another before the matchplay fourball competition but the duo have formed a formidable team across the course of the event.

“I’m really pleased to make it and so proud to get there, because I didn’t meet my playing partner until the day we qualified. We’ve played some pretty good rounds and done well enough to make the final,” Bathurst Golf Club president Stapley said.

“Ed plays off a long handicap of 34, so I’m not able to class him as a gun golfer, but he’s plugged away and we’ve managed to win a lot of holes.

“I’ve got a real thrill out of this and I know Ed’s very pleased as well.”

Stapley and Marel defeated Tony Forster and Fred Hennessey to book their grand final position while Callaughan and Johnson were too good for Nick Winterton and Neville Jones in the semi-finals.

“Stephen just got back into the game after some time off and it’s good to see him playing well,” Stapley said.

“With this competition it all just comes down to how you play on the day.”

The final round of the Jimmy Johnson Trophy tees off from this Sunday at 9.30am.

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