Sea Tem­ple Open thriller

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PAR­ADISE Palms golfer Ben Turn­bull es­caped with a nar­row one-shot win in last week­end’s Sea Tem­ple Golf Club Open af­ter a de­ter­mined fight­back from chal­lenger Ross Ar­gent.

Turn­bull held a handy fiveshot lead af­ter Satur­day’s first round when he shot 73 be­fore Ar­gent, who plays for Cairns, charged on day two to come within a whisker of vic­tory with a sec­ond-round 74.

Graeme Lees-smith per­formed the best of the lo­cal bri­gade to fin­ish 13th in the 24-player open field and fin­ished sec­ond in the nett tally just two shots be­hind win­ner Daryl Pol­lock.

In the women’s divi­sion, de­fend­ing cham­pion Sai Lenz again took top hon­ours de­spite be­ing 12 shots be­hind club­mate Ruth Yel­land af­ter the first round.

Lenz even­tu­ally fin­ished five shots in front of Yel­land, with Nerida Wilson third a fur­ther three shots back.

Sea Tem­ple golf op­er­a­tions man­ager David Roche said the tour­na­ment was very well re­ceived by the play­ers, who trav­elled from as far away as Canada, the Sun­shine Coast and Bris­bane to com­pete.

“It po­si­tions the tour­na­ment very well to be even big­ger and bet­ter next year,” he said.

Photo by AN­GEL FLETCHER

Cham­pion: Ben Turn­bull

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