Pro-am a big hit
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