District golf amateurs Ian and Marion Whatley won the Rich River Golf Club Pro-Am with trainees Sean Roach and Brenton Parish on Monday.GEORDIE COWAN February 5, 2014 4:05am
District golfers featured among the highlights of the Pro-Am at Rich River Golf Club Resort on Monday.
Ian and Marion Whatley, together with trainees Sean Roach and Brenton Parish, won the Irish four-ball best-ball stableford event, while Rod Perry and Tim Leat recorded holes-in-one on the day.
Making the result even more memorable for winners, the Whatleys are hosting Roach and Parish at their home throughout the week.
Combining the two best stableford scores for the day, the winners posted 95 points, narrowly ahead of a group which only contained one trainee in the field of about 230 players.
The morning field played in calm conditions, but the afternoon players dealt with hot weather as it approached the forecast 43°C.
Two players who will not forget the event are club director Perry and ground staff member Leat, who both had their first holes-in-one.
Playing on the east course, Perry was accurate on the third hole while Leat achieved his on the eighth about an hour later.
‘‘They all had a good day and seemed to get through (the hot weather) okay,’’ Rich River Golf Club professional Ben Patten said.
The longest drive competition was also held on the first hole on the west course on Monday night.
Port Macquarie’s William Gunn sent a booming drive of 306m down into a breeze to win the final, despite one of the other two finalists posting 309m in the first rounds.
He was among 25 trainees to take part in the event, while Parkland’s David Cartwright won the amateurs competition with a drive of 255m.
The first round of the trainee classic was held yesterday, with the best score posted in the morning round a one-over par 73 in tough windy conditions, Patten said.
The classic continues until Friday.
Pro-Am winners: trainees Sean Roach and Brenton Parish, amateurs Ian and Marion Whatley (95 points) 1; trainee Mitchell Sheather, amateurs Jeff Stephenson, Jeff Ridge and Joel Watson (94) 2; trainees Adam Denidjik, Nathan Miller and Brad Movles, amateur Sam Widdop (93) 3; trainees Braden Becker and Andrew Jacobson, amateurs Graeme Peat and Alan Williams (93) 4; trainee Bryce Alexsis, amateurs Brian Harland, Mark Langenbacher and Noel Dixon (92) 5.
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