Gallant win by Gallichan
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Richard Gallichan from Manly Golf Club held on to win the 2013 Coca-Cola Rich River Trainee Classic by two shots from Victorian Ben Ford. For his effort, Gallichan takes home prize money of $5400.
Gallichan finished third in the 2012 event and was the outright leader for this year’s event for the entire week. Gallichan last round of the tournament was up and down round consisting of one eagle, two birdies and four bogeys totaling an even par seventy-two and a final total of thirteen-under par. Gallichan managed to hold off Ford, third year Trainee from Medway Golf Club, who was three-under the card at the turn which placed him one shot behind the leader. However, Ford was unable to make up the one stroke to catch Gallichan and finished with a one-under par seventy one and a total of eleven-under par for the tournament, two strokes behind Gallichan.
Kyle Grant, 2012 Queensland Trainee Champion, rounded out the top three after carding another consistent round of one-under par seventy one to finish seven-under par for the week.
The lowest score for the final round was by first year trainee Brad Moules from Royal Adelaide Golf Club. Moules carded a four-under par round of sixty-eight in both round three and four to finish the tournament. His card for round four consisted of five birdies and one bogey which moved him up the leader board to finish the tournament six-under par and tied for fourth place with year one Trainee Tim Hart and Southern Golf Clubs Trainee Sean Roach. The best placed female for the event was second year trainee Sienna Lambert from Portsea Golf Club tied for twenty-second place on two-over par.
The best round scored for the tournament was six-under par sixty-six which was achieved by three individual players over the four days, Gallichan in the first round and Queensland Trainees Hart, Gainsborough Greens Golf Course and Ben Fletcher, Nudgee Golf Club carded this score in round three.
Gallichan was very humble in his acceptance speech and said it was a true honor to now have his name next to the other twenty-six winners of the event including Rod Pampling.
The Rich River Golf Club Resort again did a magnificent job in welcoming one-hundred and forty Trainee Golf Professionals from across Australia to celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of the event. With outstanding course conditions, great hospitality and excellent support from both staff and volunteers the PGA are hopeful for another twenty-five successful years.