Wood credits smart, aggressive play for Yarram Pro-Am win

Christopher Wood has won the 15th annual Purgar Paving Yarram Pro-Am with a sensational score of 7-under 65 at Yarram Golf Club.

In the final PGA Pro-Am Series event before the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Austrlasia returns for the Gippsland Super 6 this week, Wood took out his second Yarram Pro-Am victory with nine birdies and two bogeys to win by two strokes over Tim Hart.

Wood’s front-nine was the best of the day with five birdies to conclude his round and take his first PGA Pro-Am Series win for the year.

“I grew up on a course that’s really similar to this with lots of shorter holes and I just learned to play smart, aggressive golf there,” said Wood.

“This is my favourite course on the Gippsland swing, I always really enjoy coming here and playing well certainly helps. I can go into next week with some confidence now.”

Fellow Queenslander Tim Hart recorded yet another top-five finish in the Gippsland PGA Pro-Am Series swing, finishing in second place at Yarram with a score of 5-under 67.

Tour rookie Kyle Michel and Gippsland local David Bransdon tied for third place at 4-under the card with more excitement for the day coming from Bransdon’s tee shot on the 215m par-3 1st hole.

With a new car up for grabs thanks to King-Church Motor Group, Bransdon’s tee shot hit the flagstick to finish only six inches from the hole, almost earning the Victorian a brand new car.

Six female PGA Professionals joined 20 of Yarram’s female members on course for the Pro-Am where the Pros took out three of the four nearest the pin competitions over the men.

In addition to the overall Pro-Am prize purse, a separate prize fund was on offer for the women thanks to Wellington Shire Council. Sienna Voglis was the best of the ladies on the day, winning with a score of 3-over par 75.

“This event has always been very welcoming to myself and the other female players and to play well here and get the win is awesome,” said Voglis.

The PGA Pro-Am Series will resume in February following a four-event swing on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, starting with the Gippsland Super 6 at Yallourn Golf Club from 21-24 January.

For the final Purgar Paving Yarram Pro-Am leaderboard visit pga.org.au.

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