Queensland’s Tim Hart has won the 2019 Lunar Mining Emerald Pro-Am by two shots at Emerald Golf Club and in doing so has won the Onsite Rental Group Mining Towns Series.
Firing 7-under 63 in the opening round, Hart took a two-shot lead into the final round where he and Darren Beck sat tied at the top of the leaderboard.
Consistency and a Sunday round of 6-under 64 featuring three birdies, two eagles and a bogey saw Hart prevail in clear, warm Queensland conditions.
His 36 hole total of 13-under 127 was two shots clear from his nearest rival, rookie PGA Professional Shae Wools-Cobb.
“Without my putting I would not have won today,” said Hart
“I recently went left hand low and have been working really hard on making it work and with a new mental outlook it has paid off.”
For Wools-Cobb his second-round 8-under 62 and 11-under 129 total was not only his best round as a professional but also helped him to his best result.
Today’s round included eight birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.
“They say it is a big step from amateur golf to professional golf and they are right,” said Wools-Cobb.
“I have played well since turning pro and it has been a learning curve particularly here in the mining towns. I’ve had a fantastic time.”
One shot further back in outright third place was overnight equal leader Darren Beck from NSW who was in contention all day but rued some missed opportunities.
The final round of the Lunar Mining Emerald Pro-Am also saw the completion of the Onsite Rental Group Mining Town Series.
It was a runaway victory in the end for Tim Hart who was simply unstoppable with a six event, 12-round total of seventy two under par (-72), pocketing a bonus cheque of $5,000.
“To average 6-under per round for the past twelve rounds is awesome,” said Hart.
“I was not planning on attending any of the tour schools this year however the way I am now playing and with the bank balance looking a lot healthier, China and even the Web.com Tour now come into play.”
Finishing 10 shots adrift in second place was past series winner and fellow Queenslander Brett Rankin at -62 with Dane Williamson from NSW rounding out the top three a further three shots adrift at -59.
The series was conducted over six pro-am tournaments throughout the mining towns to great success, and the PGA of Australia and Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series is pleased to have Onsite Rental Group committed as the naming rights sponsor of the Mining Towns swing for the next two years.
The QLD swing of the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series will now make its way back toward the east coast for the $55,000 Ian Weigh Rockhampton Pro-Am being played from 20-23 June.
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