Byron Bay golfer Matt Crandell, who shot rounds of 71 and 70 to win the of Byron Bay. Pictured at The Byron Bay Golf Club PGA Round 1. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Byron Bay golfer Matt Crandell, who shot rounds of 71 and 70 to win the of Byron Bay. Pictured at The Byron Bay Golf Club PGA Round 1. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Crandell wins by two shots

BYRON BAY golfer Matt Crandell has won the annual Easter tournament at the Lismore Workers Golf Club.

He shot 70 and 71 to finish one over par, with defending champion Jay Mackenzie two strokes back in second.

Ipswich golfer Adam Gemmell played in the event for the first time and finish- ed third.

He shot an impressive 67 to be three under after the first round on Friday before a second round of 76 on Saturday.

Crandell is a regular at the event and won it in 2015 when he finished one over.

He has been Byron Bay club champion several times and took out the Queensland men's amateur champion- ship at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast last year.

"Matt is a quality golfer and he's not frightened to travel to play these tourna- ments,” Lismore club prof- essional Peter Jaeger said.

"It's nice when you get blokes like him come back every year and he brought a couple of extra players with him this time.”

There were 211 golfers who played both days, with the tournament also part of the Northern Rivers District championships.

Lismore golfer Mark Rodda won the senior title while Shane Smith was the overall nett winner with a two-round total of 138.

Murwillumbah's Alex Hunt won the junior division ahead of Lismore's Jack Robertson.

Club trainee Josh Ryan shot the best round on the second day with a 67.

"That's a pretty decent score from Josh considering Matt (Crandell) shot 71,” Jaeger said.

"He's also had to come in early in the morning both days to set up and then go out and play.

"It was a big test for the club after all the flooding in Lismore.

"The greenkeepers and volunteers put plenty of work in and to get that many on the course is pleasing.”



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