Consistent effort seals Yamba win
THE two-day $17,500 WHK Yamba Pro-Am was played in warm, sunny conditions and attracted 107 amateurs from as far afield as Darwin.
Unfortunately a date change for the New Caledonia and Samoa Opens meant those tournaments clashed with the Northern Rivers events, limiting the field to 55 professionals.
While the numbers were down, the quality remained high and Stuart Bouvier led the way on Friday with an opening round 67.
Simon Furneaux was one shot further back in second spot with Kurt Carlson, Aaron Pike and Adam Porker locked together after matching rounds of 69.
The wind increased for the second round but it had little effect on Carlson who shot a 68 for a two-round total 137 to win the event and collect $3150 in prize money.
Ian Esson produced the best score on day two, a 67, to finish on 138 to take home second place and $2005.
First-round leader Bouvier shot a 72 to finish tied for third with Grant Scott on 139. Both players took home $1120. Prize money extended to the top 30 players.
Just prior to the presentation players adjourned to the 10th tee for the $1000 NTP Shootout with Ryan Haller winning the money for the pros, while amateur winner Sam Logan claimed the John Wright Pro Shop voucher.
Club captain Scott Stratford announced the winning amateurs at the presentation, while PGA representative Broc Greenhalgh congratulated the club on the event and thanked Yamba Golf Club for conducting the tournament which helps promote professional golf throughout Australia.
Yamba Club president Jim Kelley congratulated the winners and thanked major sponsor WHK as well as the 24 associated sponsors who make the event possible.
He also paid tribute to the work of the green staff and board members Ron Jeffrey, Tony Moran, David Miles and Scott Stratford.
But not all goes smoothly in the realms of professional golf.
When Tod Power from Talla Country Golf Club turned to his mate and caddy Kirk Wynne and said "lob wedge", Wynne paled, remembering he had left the wedge on the 18th green at Murwillumbah.
The suggestion that he had a low IQ and his parents weren't married sent Wynne scurrying back to the Yamba clubhouse to trace a lob wedge. Feeling somewhat silly, as he entered the club he noticed a long-priced horse called Silly Billy on the track-side screen.
"Ah....an omen" he thought and backed the horse which returned him $300, half of which he gave to Tod who now thinks he has a high IQ and his parents were married.
And for those of you who think you have had a bad day spare a thought for the pro who shot 93 on Friday and followed it with a 90 on Saturday.
Best of the amateurs on Friday was Bruce Lulham with 44 points with Helen Atkinson finishing runner-up with 41.
Phil Hauritz from Blackwater (40), Geoff Flett (40) and Geoff Grayson from Maclean (38), took the minor placings.
Amateur winners on Saturday were Shane Stephens (42), Frankie Foxover (41), Phil McMahon (41), Ocean Shores golfer Andrew Cahill (40) and Ian Brockwell (38).
Full details of NTPs and Long Drives are on display at the club.