Pro-am a big hit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Sea Tem­ple golf course was swing­ing on Mon­day and Tues­day with the Salsa at Sea Tem­ple Pro-Am bring­ing pro­fes­sion­als in from as far as New Zealand to com­pete for their share of $20,000.

The golf course had not held a pro-am since 2003 but con­di­tions were per­fect for the revival of top-flight, which was such a suc­cess or­gan­is­ers and spon­sors have agreed to hold the event again next year.

Gold Coast pro­fes­sional Luke Marino tied for third over­all and en­joyed play­ing on the course for the first time.

“I love the course lay­out and view, this is my first year on tour, it’s what they call a rookie year,” he said.

Marino was tied third af­ter the first day and on the sec­ond day was 1-un­der par when the Gazette caught him on the greens, but he could not shake his com­peti­tors to tie third with two oth­ers.

The sec­ond round be­gan un­der cloudy skies, how­ever, the early driz­zle stopped in time for play to get un­der­way in per­fect scor­ing con­di­tions.

Overnight lead­ers Mar­cus Cain and Grant Thomas had solid rounds with Cain shoot­ing a 2-un­der par 69 to go along with his first round 68 and Thomas and even par round of 71.

They were both over­taken by Kurt Carl­son who fired a tour­na­ment-low 67 to sit with his open­ing round 69 to beat Cain by one stroke.

Carl­son, who plans to head to the Ja­panese tour school at the end of the year, said his share of the $20,000 purse would cer­tainly help and gave him con­fi­dence go­ing to Par­adise Palms on Thurs­day.

The am­a­teurs bat­tled it out in 3 di­vi­sions.

Di­vi­sion 1 0 - 9 Hand­i­cap day two was won by lo­cal real es­tate agent Michael Fo­ley with a nett 73 with Michael Wright a shot be­hind on 74.

The over­all com­pe­ti­tion saw the or­der re­versed with Paul Wright tak­ing the hon­ours on 143 nett and Michael Fo­ley edg­ing out Gus Rat­tray on a count-back on 147.

The gross score win­ner for the event was Ben Cro­ker on 154. Ben is the son of long time golf pro­fes­sional and coach­ing guru Peter Cro­ker from the Dunes in Mel­bourne.

Di­vi­sion 2 for hand­i­caps 10 and above - Day two saw Sea Tem­ple mem­ber John Onto win with a very good 39 points from re­sort man­ager Kelvin Dodt who backed up his good day per­for­mance with a solid 38 points.

The over­all stand­ings saw Dodt take a com­fort­able five point win with 80 points for the two days beat­ing Sea Tem­ple Mem­ber Joe Hutchin­son who man­aged 75 points for the two-days.

The ladies di­vi­sion on day two saw Sea Tem­ple’s Judy Onto re­turn to form with 36 points to beat vis­i­tor San­dra Prien who had an­other solid round with 32 points was the run­nerup.

The over­all stand­ings saw Mar­ion Wright with 65 points edge out Judy Onto with 64 points to take the win.

On course: third-placed Luke Marino

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