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Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport - BY ROBERT MUIR

A course-equalling record which in­cluded a hole-in-one - that was Frazer Droop’s sec­ond round of golf in his first ever Aus­tralasian Tour Event which was held in Dar­win from last Thurs­day to Sun­day.

Com­pet­ing in a star-stud­ded field of 120 play­ers, 20-year-old Droop fired an eight-un­der-par round of 63 last Fri­day in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory PGA Cham­pi­onship at Palmer­ston.

The round com­prised seven birdies, a bo­gey and the ea­gle one on the fourth Par 3 hole.

Play­ing in 33 to 35de­grees Cel­sius tem­per­a­tures, our star lo­cal fired a first round two-un­der-par 69, fol­lowed by the siz­zling 63, a oneover-par 72 and a three-over-par fi­nal round of 74 for an over­all six-un­der-par to­tal of 278, for a tied 26th po­si­tion - with the likes of New Zealand cham­pion Michael Long - 13 shots adrift of the win­ner. An­other lo­cal star, Adam Bur­dett, missed the cut.

The ace on Palmer­ston’s 106 me­tre sev­enth hole, with a strong sand iron shot which shaped beau­ti­fully into the hole, was Droop’s sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion hole-in-one. For this achieve­ment, Droop is 333,000 fre­quent flyer points bet­ter off.

Palmer­ston Golf & Coun­try Club has two con­trast­ing nines.

The back nine is a strong chal­lenge with long fair­ways, de­mand­ing greens and wa­ter com­ing into play on six holes. The front nine is well wooded and de­mands ac­cu­racy off the tee.

This week’s NSW Trainee Cham­pi­onship in Sydney fea­tur­ing our lo­cal tal­ent will have lo­cal golf­ing en­thu­si­asts fol­low­ing with in­ter­est.

Lo­cal golf star Frazer Droop hit a hole-in-one in his first Aus­tralasian tour event.

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