Ferguson turns back clock
QUEENSLAND veteran Mike Ferguson turned back the clock when he fired a magnificent 64 to share the spoils at the $62,000 Bartons/bmd pro-am at Wynnum Golf Club.
It was a record-breaking day as Legends Tour player Ferguson, Adam Crawford and Edward Stedman signed for six- underpar rounds.
Crawford, playing in the morning field, was the clubhouse leader but it wasn’t long before Stedman joined him at the top of the leaderboard.
But the afternoon belonged to 59-year-old Ferguson who reeled off an eagle and six birdies to join Crawford and Stedman.
“I had a great day with my playing partners and it was just one of those rounds when things just went my way,” Ferguson said. “It’s nice to win at Wynnum, a club that I have enjoyed playing in the past.”
The Bartons/bmd Pro-am has gone from strength- to- strength in recent years and has come a long way since its inaugural event in 1979.
Former long-serving Wynnum Golf Club professional Paul King said he was surprised how the pro-am had grown over the past 32 years.
“When Doug Barton and I first met to talk about hosting a proam tournament in 1979, we never thought it would be the event that it is today,” he said.
“It is great to have hosted so many great players over the past 30-plus years and we certainly look forward to hosting this great pro-am into the future”.
The pro- am a gain played host to some of Australia’s great professionals including 1991 Open Championship winner Ian BakerFinch, who carded a fine 67.
US PGA Tour regulars Marc Leishman (65) and Rod Pampling ( 73) all took part in Australia’s largest one-day pro-am on a day that was conducive to low scoring. Of the 87 players, 52 shot even par or better.
Ian Baker-finch watches the flight of his golf ball en route to a round of 67