THREE HOLES down with five to play and Accrington golfer Dave Grimshaw admitted he thought he was down and out in Sunday's Observer Shield final.
The 48-year-old had trailed from the second hole against his fellow club member Chris Nuttall and, in the driving rain at Rishton GC, things didn't look good.
But a late fightback by Dave gave him a chance - and he sealed the trophy in the first extra hole.
"It was hard work out there," said a delighted Dave, who was in the final of the prestigious trophy for the first time.
"Take nothing away from Chris, he played really well and when I went three down with five to play, I thought it was over.
"But somehow I let myself back in again and I had a shot on the 18th where I had to commit to it as I needed to hole it to stay in the game. Luckily it went in.
"Then, on the 19th, the second shot was probably the best I have hit all year.
"One of my friends had said to me on the 17th, when I missed an easy putt ,'you keep missing them all the way round, you will probably knock it in in the deciding hole.' And I did."
The large contingent of mainly Accrington GC members following the game all said it was a difficult clash to predict between Dave, who plays off six, and Chris, whose handicap is two.
As well as final day nerves and a decent crowd, they also had the conditions to contend with as wind and regular downpours made it a real battle.
Chris, 19, held his nerve early doors on the par four second hole with a birdie to go one-up and take charge of the game.
Dave had two extra shots - take on the par four third hole and the 12th on the nine hole course - but the next three holes were halved, with Dave missing a good chance on the fourth to draw level.
On the sixth though, Dave lost his ball in the water hazard and Chris seized the chance to go two-up.
Dave, though, showed a dogged determination to keep the pressure on Chris, who had his dad, fellow golfer Ian, as a calming influence as his caddy.
Chris narrowly missed a chance to go three up on the eighth and 10th and the frustration could be seen in his face as he looked to win the trophy for the first time.
But he finally did it on the par-four 11th although Dave bounced back straight away by clinching the 12th after Chris landed in a ditch.
Chris restored his three hole advantage on the unlucky for some 13th but, on the par three 14th, Dave birdied the hole to keep it in the balance.
The 15th was halved meaning Chris just needed one more victory from the last three holes.
However, on the 359 yard 16th, Chris found the rough from the tee and his third shot bounced back when aiming for the green. Dave held his nerve to leave it one up going into the last two.
Then it was nervy on the par four 17th as Dave parred the hole and Chris, who had a relatively easy putt, had to watch as his ball rolled around the rim of the hole and out to make it all-square for the first time since the first hole.
That left the par four 18th and Chris again played well to par the hole.
Dave was left with another pressure shot from the edge of the green, needing to get it in to take the match to the first extra hole. He took a long time to think about it and have a good look but it rolled in to save the match.
And so, for the third time, it was back to the first hole with the match dependent on it and the rain, finally, clearing up.
Dave's second shot on the par four hole took him close to the hole while Chris was on the green in three but all eyes were on Dave as he looked to putt the hole which would clinch the title.
He was only about two metres away but kept his calm to hit it - and in it went. He was ahead for the first time in the match and it meant the trophy belonged to him.
"It is a brilliant feeling," said Dave, whose son Darren caddied for him. "I have really enjoyed the competition and the first round seems like ages ago.
"I was nervous on the first extra hole but I knew I just had to knock it in.
"All credit to Chris but he has got all the time in the world to win it and he will.
"I want to dedicate it to my mum, Mary Grimshaw, who died last year and was Lady Captain and Lady President at Accrington. She would have enjoyed it."
SUBSIDIARY COMPETITION: Martin Fouldes (Whalley) 29; Jack Bryden (Rishton) 29; Ralph Fielding (Rishton) 29