Ferguson turns back clock

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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

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