Pro-Am proves to be a thriller
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A FOUR-WAY tie for the top prize providing a thrilling climax to the 2005 Capri Wholesale Schweppes Pro-Am at the Calliope Country Club yesterday.
Former Boyne/Tannum Country Club professional Trent Scaysbrook was among the four who finished with the honours after shooting five-under 67.
Joining him were fellow pros David Podlich (Coolum), Justin Smith (Toowoomba) and Daniel Stevenson (Gold Coast).
Scaysbrook, who is now resident professional and second in charge of golf operations at the Lakelands Golf Club on the Gold Coast, was pleased with his first competitive round in 12 months.
'I honestly didn't think a score of five-under would win it,' Scaysbrook said. 'I was rapt (to play well) ? it's probably the last time I'll play one for a while.'
Scaysbrook, who combined the event with a return to celebrate a relative's birthday, said his duties at Lakelands prevented him from contesting many tournaments.
Scaysbrook attributed his share of the victory to a sensational start after being four-under after the first three holes.
The four finished two shots ahead of Rowan Beste (Gold Coast) and lefthander Luke Kershaw (Rockhampton) with six players finishing two shots further back on 71.
In total, more than 100 players lined up for the event including 27 porfessionals. Calliope member Ettore Tiraboschi won the A grade amateur honours with a nett score of 65 to hold out club-mate Sam Evans by two strokes.
In lower grade stableford competition Rick Pask (40 points) held out Gladstone's Nigel Jones (39) for the B grade title while Miriam Vale's Brad Spencer (41) took the C grade spoils. Calliope's Lisa Evans took the women's title with a one point victory over club-mate Jo Oxer.