SWINGING AWAY: Pro golfer Eddie Barr of Brisbane hits a shot as Mullums Neil Farquhar looks on. Picture: DAVID NIELSEN
SWINGING AWAY: Pro golfer Eddie Barr of Brisbane hits a shot as Mullums Neil Farquhar looks on. Picture: DAVID NIELSEN

Causley sizzles

By ADAM HICKS

ADAM Causley had a massive form turn-around to score a share of the winner's purse at the $10,000 Craig Watson Healthcare Pharmacy Mullumbimby Pro-Am yesterday.

The Murwillumbah golf teacher scored a five-under 65, just two shots short of the course record, to tie with Gavin Beck of Redland Bay.

The sizzling score comes less than a week after Causley played the worst golf of his life in the Ballina Pro-Am last Saturday.

"To be honest, I actually had two shocking rounds at Ballina and Yamba," he said.

"It was pretty bad golf, the worst I've ever played."

Causley said it was so bad that he didn't want to remember his score.

"I got to a point in the round where I was that angry with myself I couldn't find a way out," he said.

"But after talking with people I worked you have to hit rock bottom before you can come up.

"This time I took the mentality that it was a different day, time to start again, and it worked."

The 28-year-old nephew of retiring Federal Member for Page Ian Causley said he took a relaxed approach on to the course and was extremely happy to have a win.

"When I came off the (final) green I had a feeling that I'd won or tied," he said.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm stoked. Really, really happy."

The win also gives Beck, a third-year PGA apprentice, his first open title win.

"I hit my irons really well today and hit a lot of greens," he said.

"A few more putts could have dropped but I'm not complaining."

Both men scored $1500 and will tee up again at the Lismore Pro-Am on Sunday.

Beck said his prizemoney had come at a good time.

"I put my car in for a service yesterday so I wouldn't have any problems coming down here," he said.

"It cost an arm and a leg."

Three Queenslanders, Nathan Weir, Ben Wolfenden, and Shane Tait, tied for third place with four- under 66. Pro-Am drawcard Ossie Moore finished in 31st position with a one-over 71.

The best amateur score of the day was a 73 scored by Daniel Morgan of Mullumbimby, while Ian Bennett was the nett winner.

Mullumbimby Golf Club pro Damien Webber said it was a hugely successful day for the club.



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