Grant fires equal course record
Thursday, 7 June 2012
After what was an arduous first day which saw all the PGA Trainees play 36 holes at Coral Cove Golf Club, it was back on schedule for the third round of the Bundaberg Motor Group QLD PGA Trainee Championship.
With the leaders finishing the epic day at even par, Queensland based Adam Northey and New South Wales Trainee Kyle Grant both swapped the lead throughout the front nine but when Grant made birdie on the ninth hole to be 3 under for the day, he never relinquished the top spot on the leaderboard. Grant went on to make birdies on the 10th, 12, 13th, 15th and 16th holes to card a course record equalling round of 64.
“Everything came together for me today. Conditions were great and I was able to make some birdies early in my round which helped the momentum” said a surprised Grant after his round. “To equal the course record is a great and now I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting the job done tomorrow”.
Northey stayed within striking distance of Grant shooting 69 to sit in outright second place. Closely following is Victorian Jack Wilson(2 under par), current QLD Trainee Order of Merit leader Ben Fletcher(one over par) and Ethan Shanahan(four over). Shanahan is looking to take out the title that eluded him last year where he lost in a three way playoff to Paul Hayden.
“I am certainly motivated this week to go one better than last year and when combined with a great golf course and amazing hospitality, I had to come back for another crack” said Shanahan. “The course is definitely a highlight. It has a great variety of holes and some really challenging greens it makes for a great test for all of us.”
Low scoring is sure to be the recipe for success if anyone is going to catch Kyle Grant and with the lion’s share of $30,000 in prize money on offer, it should be an enthralling final round. The final round which will commence at 7am with the 2012 Bundaberg Motor Group QLD PGA Trainee Champion to be crowned at approx 2pm.