City of Mackay
(Professionals & Amateurs)
New Zealand Professional Holloway Wins 2016 Open;
Michael Dunn holds off Amateur challenges.
About 120 amateur and professional golfers took to the field for the rain delayed third round of the New Pioneer Motors City of Mackay Open. After more overnight rain, players were finally able to start their third round on Sunday with a shotgun start at 9:00 am, this round being the final round of the rain-shortened tournament.
New Zealand Professional Douglas Holloway followed the first round’s 6 under par with a 5 under yesterday and another 5 under today, to keep local Professional Anthony Johnson at bay. Johnson shot a 7-under today to almost regain the lead, but despite being tied with Holloway at one stage, a bogie on 18 dropped him out of the lead and he finished 2 shots shy.
Kristopher Mueck repeated yesterday’s 5-under, to trail Johnson by 2 shots at the end of the day, with Mitchell A Brown and Troy Cox a further shot behind.
In playing conditions that couldn’t be considered easy, the fact that over two-thirds of the field finished at par or better for the three rounds, demonstrates the strength of the Professional field that nominated for this event.
Michael Dunn, representing Black Springs and playing off +1 shot a 68 today to go with his 74 and 69, to keep all contenders at bay with a final score of 211, 4 shots clear of Elliot Beel on 215 and Connor Edmonds on 216. Both Sheree Hasson and Clinton Smith finished on 219.
Chris Baxter overcame a 3 shot deficit to Shalendra Singh to snatch the lead in the nett event, although Jarryn Hill finished runner-up on the same score as Singh – a 211. Baxter had an equal best 69 nett today.
A full field completed Round 1 on Thursday, but the expected rain rolled in and continued throughout the night, forcing Round 2 to be re-scheduled till later in the day with a reduced field. With more delays, it took until about 4 pm on Saturday to complete Round 2, making any hope for completing 72 holes just wishful thinking. Fortunately, Sunday stayed relatively clear with just a few showers, and the final 18 holes were completed by mid afternoon, after a delayed shotgun start at 9 am with a reduced field.
HOLE-IN-ONE COMPETITION! New Pioneer Motors sponsored a car for a Hole-in-One prize on the 14th Hole for players, both Professionals and Amateurs, in Round 3 of the rain-shortened 2016 Open, played on Sunday. The prize car this year was a Holden Astra VXR 2.0L Turbo.
The competition was initially planned to be offered for two rounds – Saturday and Sunday, but the tournaments was shortened due to the weather. Unfortunately, no player was able to carry off this prize this year.