First ALPG win a must for Katelyn at Yamba Pro-Am
GOLF: Queensland's Katelyn Must won her first ALPG title after emerging victorious from a three-way sudden death playoff in the $20,000 BWAC Yamba Ladies Pro Am at Yamba Golf and Country Club on Friday, March 4.
The 25-year-old from Caloundra was the clubhouse leader at four under 69 when she completed the demanding 18 hole layout, but was soon joined by Victorian Stacey Keating and Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud .
The trio returned to the tee for the first playoff hole and all three safely found the green on the 140 metre par 3, Must hitting a solid 8 iron to the centre of the green. Daffinrud was first to putt from 15 metres and narrowly missed her birdie chance, leaving the stage open for Must who holed for birdie from 10 metres.
Stacey Keating, winner of the Brisbane International two days earlier, failed to hole her birdie putt from nine metres. Must was delighted to break through for her first win in her fifth season on tour and pocketed $3000 for her efforts.
As the final event of the 2016 ALPG Tour, there was also plenty of interest in the $6500 bonus for the 2016 Club Car Series leader. Keating held a slender 64-point lead over Kiwi Cathryn Bristow into the final event and her second place finish ensured victory for the second time.
The other sub-plot unfolding was for what has quickly been nicknamed the "McYamba Cup" by the players. McLeod Country Golf Club and Yamba Golf Club had together come up with a bonus of $5000 for the leading player across both events, which also went to Keating.
From the host club's point of view there was only positive feedback to report from the clubhouse.
Early showers initially delayed tee off and threatened to put a dampener on the third annual event. But the skies soon cleared to showcase perfect Clarence Coast conditions to the field of 41 professionals.
"It's been really good to have such high quality golf here," Yamba trainee professional Lewis Brown said from the pro shop.
"It's great for the community too and brings in some money for the town.
"We've only had potisive feedback which is great, and only good news for the greenkeepers as well. There were a few tricky pin placements out there."
Sawtell's Emma de Groot picked up a couple of $1000 cheques during her stay in Yamba. She finished in outright fifth on two under, but also won the Duncan's Carpet Cleaning iShootout with a tee shot coming to rest three metres from the 10th hole on Thursday evening.