Wharton and Hickman tie at Lang Lang

Friday, 1 March 2013

Victorians Ben Wharton and Luke Hickman have both fired an excellent score of three under-par 67 in testing conditions to win the $10,000 Origin Energy Lang Lang Pro-Am.

Both players took advantage of their earlier tee time taking the one shot win.

On a day where birdies were hard to come by Hickman posted five while Wharton had six of his own.

“I’ve had a bit of a wrist injury and was meant to be in New Zealand, my decision to stay home has paid off. Grip the club lightly, it helps, there’s a tip for everyone” Wharton said at presentations.

Weather conditions made scoring extremely difficult with strong winds blowing across the course making every shot a true test.

Following the morning round Hickman and Wharton were a shot clear of Chris Wood who had carded a two under-par 68.

The course was presented in sensational condition with fairways and greens that would hold their own against Melbourne’s famous sandbelt courses.

Michael Isherwood and Order of Merit leader Euan Walters joined Wood on two under to finish in a tie for third place.

Young New South Welshman Alex Hawley hinted at a return to his best form after firing a one under-par 69 to finish alone in sixth place.

Euan Walters has opened up a nine point lead over Brad Lamb in this year’s Order of Merit race with David McKenzie a further four points back in third place.

The next event on the Victorian Tour is the Drouin Golf Club Pro-Am on Thursday 28th February.