Brett Rankin has won two pro-ams from two attempts on the Gold Coast after taking out the Austbrokers Canberra Australian Carers Celebrity Labrokes Pro-Am.
Queenslander Rankin fired rounds of 69 and 67 for a tournament total of 8-under par. The 31-year-old who turned Professional in 2011 had a bogey free round on his way to 5-under par 67 around the RACV Royal Pines Resort layout. His round included five birdies coming at the 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th and 18th holes.
“This week has been a fantastic week for me, I had to pinch myself after the round,” said Rankin.
“I spent time with Ian Healy and Jeff Thomson, two of Australia’s sporting greats, which I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do without Wayne Grady and his team.
“The last four days on the Gold Coast shows exactly where our sport is at. The scores have been extremely low and the fields have been full of quality players and hopefully the amateurs have had some experiences they will remember for quite some time.”
A group of five players including David Bransdon, Deyen Lawson, Dimitrios Papadatos, Damien Jordan and Ewan Porter were a further three shots back from Rankin at 5-under par.
In its inaugural year, the Austbrokers Canberra Australian Carers Celebrity Ladbrokes Pro-Am has been an overwhelming success with a vision to raise more than $50,000 for the worthy charity. The likes of Greg Ritchie, Wally Lewis, Ian Healy, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Jack Newton, Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico, Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin and Todd Woodbridge were just a few of the names to support this great initiative, the brainchild of PGA Life Member Wayne Grady.
“The tournament could not have gone better,” said Grady.
“All of the things we could control went extremely well and we are extremely grateful for the support of everyone who has made it possible.”
The Ladbrokes PGA Pro-Am Series now moves to NSW for the B&C Plumbing Charity Ladbrokes Pro-Am at Griffith Golf Club.
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