Warners Bay-based professional Andrew Dodt birdied the last hole on Tuesday at the Merewether Pro-Am to land a joint victory in his return to competition golf after a 10-month break.
The European Tour player shared the win with North Sydney duo Brad Doherty and John Lyras on six-under 134 for the 36-hole tournament.
Dodt, 34, fired rounds of 67 on Monday and Tuesday but needed to sink a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-three last to secure equal-first place.
"I made a mess of a few of the easier holes on the back nine but I seemed to birdie the harder holes," Dodt said.
"It would have been nice to make a few more, but that's golf.
"Yesterday I holed some key putts when I had to, some key par saves. Today I didn't hit it as good, but I scored quite well."
The tournament, one of three pro-ams this week in the Hunter, was Dodt's first since March last year, when he competed at the Malaysian Open, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's just nice to feel the competitive juices and a few nerves and see where the game's at," he said. "[The pro-ams] always clashed with the European Tour schedule, so it's nice to come back and support local clubs."
Charlestown's Blake Windred was next best on Tuesday, finishing at five-under after a second-round 66.
Waratah hosts an 18-hole pro-am on Wednesday and Belmont another on Thursday.