Daly lights up Betstar Golf Invitational
Woodland Golf Club was today the scene of the inaugural Betstar Melbourne Golf Invitational, and glorious sunshine welcomed the morning group to the $50,000 Pro-Am event, an officially sanctioned event of the PGA of Australasia.
Whilst there was a little drizzle in the afternoon, the weather gods mostly played their part and contributed to a spectacular day of golf at Woodlands Golf Course.
Two-time Major winner John Daly headlined the field, with a large gallery walking with him right from his 12:30pm tee-off until he finished the 18th hole just after 5pm.
Playing alongside Major Sponsor Alan Eskander, from Betstar, Daly’s customary long drives were a feature of the afternoon session, and whilst he did not finish near the top of the leaderboard, there were some shining examples of his golfing ability along the way.
The inaugural Betstar Melbourne Golf Invitational was won by Victorian Peter Wilson, who managed to navigate the tricky afternoon winds and come home with the victory.
Wilson entered the event in good form, having recently won the 2011 SIFA Samoa Open as well as posting a T8 at the 2011 WA PGA Championship.
Wilson couldn’t be more thrilled with his win today, saying “It was a fantastic day and a really well-run event.
“I was happy with the way I played and I am delighted to have won the first ever Betstar Melbourne Golf Invitational. I look forward to coming back next year to defend my title.”
Another notable professional in the field was Challenge ambassador Jarrod Lyle, who last week led the Emirates Australian Open after the first round.
He was rapt with the event, which raised money for a charity dear to his heart.
“All the spectators paid a gold coin donation to Challenge, so I was thrilled to see so many people out enjoying the beginning of a massive week of golf in Melbourne, whilst knowing that they were also helping to support a great charity,” Lyle said.
Celebrity contestants ranged from the serious golfers, such as Dean Jones, Greg Blewett and Brendon Goddard, to more social golfers, including the likes of former Socceroo Mark Bosnich and Nova 100′s Ash Williams.
Event organiser Corey McKernan was delighted with the end result of his first golf tournament.
“My events company, CM Ultimate Events, have never hosted a golf tournament before, but based on the fun and the high caliber golf of today, we will most certainly be doing the tournament again in 2012,” McKernan said.
The Betstar Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout followed immediately after the completion of the Pro-Am. 8 golfers, including Daly, had one shot each on a custom-built par 3, with one spectator qualifying for the event through a ‘nearest to the pin’ competition on the Callaway Practice Fairway.
Source – PGA Australia