Darren Beck has won the Better Homes Port Macquarie Pro-Am by one shot with a 6-under 136 tournament total after a tight battle with WA’s Rick Kulacz in the final round.
Day one of the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series event was a hold-onto-your-hats type of affair with strong winds of around 40kms an hour making play almost impossible at times.
Out of the wreckage, Rick Kulacz found himself leading the pack going into the final day after shooting a fine 3-under 68.
Beck sat one stroke back at the conclusion of round one with his 2-under 69 putting him in a good position ahead of the final round.
The only other player to break par on day one was Neven Basic who shot a 1-under 70.
The 63-player field was greeted by calmer weather for the start of round two where professionals made the most of the immaculate course conditions.
Straight out of the blocks, Kulacz made his intentions clear by birdieing the par-5 1st hole.
Through the turn, Kulacz had got himself to 5-under with Beck sitting closely behind at 4-under. With nine holes remaining, the only other player with a chance was James Nitties who had made the turn in 4-under, sitting at 3-under for the tournament.
Tied for the lead with one hole to play, Kulacz and Beck both found themselves in the right trees down the last.
Kulacz made a fantastic par given the situation but would then watch Beck hit a miraculous shot out of a seemingly impossible position to about three feet, and finish off the job by sinking the birdie putt.
“I love coming up here to play the golf course, it’s always in great condition and is one that really suits my game,” Beck said.
Kulacz took outright second place with rounds of 68 and 69 for a 5-under 137 total.
The headline act for the tournament, Peter Lonard, shared third place with James Nitties on 2-under 140.
Ben Clementson rounded out the top-5 with even-par 142.
The NSW/ACT swing of the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series will tee it up next at the Forster Tuncurry Beach Bums Pro-Am.
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