Capricorn Coast puts golfer on course for bigger things
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
NATHAN Holman made the most of his first trip to the Mercure Capricorn Resort, taking out the 2014 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group Golf Classic.
After starting the final round one shot behind, Holman needed a good start to put pressure on the leader.
Unfortunately, a double bogey on the third hole almost knocked winning out of the equation. But being a true champion, Holman was able to put that mishap behind him.
He made the turn in even par to sit three shots behind Clint Rice at 15 under, after Rice got off to a flying start and turned at five under par.
Holman made birdies at 12, 15 and 17 and, when Rice failed to make birdie at the last, joining Andrew Dodt with the clubhouse lead at 18 under par, Holman had the chance to edge clear.
A beautifully struck drive, followed by an even better fairway wood, set up a 30-foot eagle putt and, more importantly, two putts to secure the win.
After negotiating the first putt, Holman tapped in for birdie and a one-shot victory.
After the win, Holman flew out for the first of two European Challenge Tour events, starting this week.
"This is my first trip to the Capricorn Classic and it is no doubt one of the best pro-ams I have played in Australia," Holman said.
"The facility is second to none, with two great courses and accommodation that creates a wonderful atmosphere throughout the tournament week.
"I am very happy to have won and look forward to taking this form to Europe over the next few weeks."
Andrew Dodt and Clint Rice will also be happy with their performances last week, finishing in a tie for second, although both were overshadowed on the day by a course record-equalling round by Gavin Flint on the Resort Course.
Flint recorded 11 birdies on his way to an 11 under par 61, to finish on 14 under par in a tie for 11th.