An extraordinary front nine highlighted by an albatross at the par-5 eighth has propelled Sanctuary Cove’s Mitchell Smith to a runaway nine-stroke victory at the GOLFMATE NSW/ACT PGA State Associate Championship.
Seeking to complete a wire-to-wire win at Moruya Golf Club on the New South Wales South Coast, Smith began the fourth and final round with a three-shot buffer, a lead that was reduced to two when Jackson Jubelin (Palm Meadows) opened his round with a birdie.
But after pars at his opening two holes Smith then set about separating himself from the rest of the field, making three straight birdies from the third hole and then holing his second shot from close to 200 metres out at the 468-metre par-5 eighth.
After a front-nine of 6-under 30 and with the chasing pack kept at bay, Smith made 10 pars in succession to complete a round of 6-under 65 – the best of the week – and record a dominant victory with a four-round total of 7-under.
A round of 1-under par 70 was enough for Goulburn’s Luke Humphries to claim outright second at 2-over par with Beau McDonald from Hawks Nest Golf Club finishing at 3-over par after also completing the final round in 1-under 70.
TOURNAMENT RAFFLE RESULTS
1st Place – Graeme Fairchild (1 set of Titleist T200 T-Series Steel Irons *Custom Fitted*)
2nd Place – Phil Chesham (1 Scotty Cameron Putter)
3rd Place – Mark McDougall (1 Riverside Oaks Stay & Play Package for two; including 2 rounds of golf with motorised cart plus 1 nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Room with Breakfast)
4th Place – Jordan Peters (1 Mid-Week round of golf for 4 including Motorised Carts at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort)
5th Place – Ian Anlezark (1 Titleist Stand Bag)
6th Place – Greg Kable (1 Pair of Footjoy MyJoys)