A full field of 136 players, including 34 professionals, took to the course on Thursday 1st June for the Urban Quarter Dunsborough Lakes Golf Club Pro-Am. Fast perfect greens and strong winds tested the players but they did not affect Melbourne based Matt Jager who shot a six-under 66 to win by two over Christopher Mueck. ”I love this place, we spent a lot of time down here when I was young as a family and…it’s always great to get back down here when I can,” Jager said. “The golf course was in great shape, credit to the green staff but most of all PGA Life Member Len Thomas and his wife Sally for making this event possible,” he added.
WA local Gavin Reed was third on three-under par and only a further eight players in the field broke par on the day. Club Manager Paul Devaney said the event was a great success. “The winning score of 66 was a highlight and although not a course record, considering the wind combined with some tricky pin positions it was a great score on the day.”
The professionals played for a gross score, but also competed alongside three amateur partners in an adapted version of Canadian Foursomes. As was the case at last year’s Pro Am, being paired with the leading professional was the key to success. Sally Thomas, Val Pullan and Maureen Hughes were the fortunate ones to play alongside Jager to finish top on 139 points; and in the process turned their team name If Only into an irony. In a closely fought contest the top five teams finished within three points of each other and the ladies’ scraped home by a point past the Brothers-In-Arms (Paul Kilgren, Andrew Collis, and Chris Holman) as Pullan calmly stroked home a birdie on their final hole after Hughes claimed the nearest the pin prize.
After the game all the players enjoyed the hospitality provided in the Clubhouse by Bree and Dale Wiley and their staff; with the Club fully meriting the vote it received as the second best Pro-Am host in WA last year.