In form Victorian Ash Hall has fired a course record to win the $25,000 Commercial Club Albury Pro-Am.
Continuing the form run that saw him push Jordan Spieth at the Australian Open, Hall fired an 8-under par 62 to finish two shots clear of his nearest rival.
"I've played all over the world, these greens are the best I've seen" Hall said at presentations.
Hall's round included eight birdies and an eagle on the par-5 second hole as he shot to 3-under after just two holes.
Players awoke to friendly conditions after an overnight sprinkling of rain took the fire out of the greens. A few morning showers cleared the way for a cloudy afternoon with light winds.
Young Victorian Chris Thorn continued his purple patch of form, a 6-under 64 gave him his second runner-up finish in the past few events.
As has become the standard, Commercial Club Course Superintendant Anthony Toogood prepared the course in sensational condition. Firm, fast and true greens were complemented with lush fairways receiving praise from all players.
Victorian pair Andrew Martin and David Bransdon both carded a 5-under par 65 to tie with up and coming Queenslander Sam Daley.
Both Martin and Bransdon had other things on their mind, Martin led Bransdon by just over $800 dollars going into the final event of the VIC/TAS Divison Order of Merit. The tie between the two meant Martin takes home the Peter Thomson Trophy for 2016.
Hall has been buoyed by his last couple of weeks; his 2017 schedule looks completely different with a visit to the third major of the year, the Open Championship locked in.
"The last couple of weeks have been great, it's a pity Christmas is not a few more weeks away" said Hall.
The 2017 season kicks off at the Goonawarra Golf Club Pro-Am on Friday, 6th January following a well earned break for all players.
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