Zac celebrates big pro-am win
CONSISTENCY paid off for Indooroopilly golfer Zac Chipperfield who won the 36-hole Condamine Sports Club Trainees Pro-Am at the Warwick Golf Club yesterday.
Chipperfield, 23, hit 68 yesterday morning and the same yesterday afternoon when the professionals were joined by the amateurs.
After 18 holes, he was equal second with Headland Golf Club member Ben Wedmaier behind leader Chris Adnams, of Redcliffe.
He received prize money of $1800 which he said would pay a few debts built up travelling to events.
"I am pumped, this is my first pro-am win," he said.
Chipperfield will definitely return for the second annual event next year.
He said the most challenging hole was the 4th which was into the wind yesterday.
"I ended up with a bogey there," he said.
Chipperfield is in his first year of a traineeship and has earmarked 2016 as the year he wanted to be competing on the professional circuit.
Adnams led after the first round when he followed bogeys on the 11th and 12th with birdies on the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th to take the lead.
"I was impressed with the greens considering the dry weather and the fact there would not be as many staff in Warwick," Adnams said.
He went into the pro-am with a best of four under at Redcliffe and showed his best form in a trainee event yesterday morning.
At age 30, Adnams is older than some of the trainees after working his way up to a Woolworths manager before diverting his career interest to golf.
It was a close battle for the 36-hole prize money with Chipperfield one shot ahead of Redland Bay player Dale Walker who scored 71 and the best round of the day, 66, yesterday afternoon.
Martin Ridgway, of Boyne Island, was one shot behind in third.
Mt Warren Park player Amy Pollock was the best of the women with 146, two ahead of former Warwick champion Jane Evans who travelled from Townsville.
Warwick trainee professional Phil Covill hit 73 and 74 for 147, a consistent effort by a player who split his time yesterday between playing and organising.
PGA representative David Rosenthal yesterday paid tribute to Covill for putting on a pro-am in the first year of his traineeship.
"The course is looking extremely good and the event has the most prize money of any of more than 15 pro-am this year," Rosenthal said.
At the start of the presentations, Covill was high in praise of the support from 20 sponsors, the majority businesses from Warwick.