The level of competition in the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series was at an all-time high at Redcliffe Golf Club this week where five players have shared victory at the Optilease Redcliffe Pro-Am.
Professionals Marcus Fraser, Jarrod Stirling, Michael Wright, Rick Kulacz and Deyen Lawson were declared joint winners of the Optilease Redcliffe Pro-Am, all locked at the top of the leaderboard with rounds of 4-under 67.
The series returned to Redcliffe Golf Club after a 19-year absence for one of the country’s richest one-day pro-ams, with challenging course conditions and gale force winds making scoring difficult for the 49 professionals vying for the $30,000 prize.
European Tour Professional Deyen Lawson played solid golf around the Redcliffe layout with a chip-in eagle early on in his round setting a positive tone for the day, before finishing with a birdie on the final hole.
“I checked the leaderboard and knew I needed the birdie up the last to join the leaders,” said Lawson.
Former Redcliffe Golf Club member and rookie on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series Jarrod Stirling has recorded his best finish as a professional, sitting among elite company at the top of the leaderboard in a field that featured a number of high-profile names.
“It was a tough day out there with that wind,” said Stirling. “I think it was certainly an advantage knowing the golf course.”
Olympian Marcus Fraser is enjoying his time playing in Queensland and is pleased to add the Optilease Redcliffe Pro-Am to his list of achievements.
“I loved the course here, it reminds me of my home course back in Corowa,” said Fraser.
“The course is in fantastic condition, the greens were outstanding, they rolled so well.”
Western Australian Rick Kulacz managed a bogey-free round in very blustery conditions and credits good putting for his round.
“My round was fairly stress free today,” said Kulacz. “I hit a lot of greens and made the putts I needed out there.”
Gold Coast based player Michael Wright got off to a flying start with an eagle on his opening hole, playing solid golf for the remainder of his round with his only stumble coming at his final hole where he made a bogey after a poor chip shot.
“I played well for most of the day, it was disappointing to bogey the last but overall I’m happy with the result,” said Wright.
Finishing in outright sixth position was former PGA TOUR player Michael Sim who fired a round of 3-under 68, while a total of nine players including Michael Choi, Brett Rankin and Cory Crawford tied for seventh place at 1-under the card.
The next stop on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series is the Coca Cola City of Brisbane Victoria Park Pro-Am where play gets underway at 7.00am Tuesday 16 July 2019.
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