Diaz wins Lismore Pro Am

THE heavens were open, the greens wet and the fairways soggy but the Lismore Pro-Am went off without a hitch on Sunday.

In-fact the stroke-play was as good as one could hope for as more than 250 golfers trudged around the Lismore Workers course before Victorian David Diaz claimed the title with a five-under par 65.

For the 42-year-old it was a sweet victory having not tasted success since winning the Victorian Open Championship in 2006.

Lismore golf pro Peter Jaeger praised the accuracy of Diaz.

“To shoot 65 in the rain here is one hell of a round,” he said.

“The quality of golf, from Diaz and on the whole, was outstanding considering the conditions; it was bloody tough out there.”

One shot back from Diaz in second place was Part Macquarie-bred Gold Coast resident Steve Jeffress.

And completing the top three, just one shot further back with a solid round of 67, was another Victorian David Brandson.

The best of the locals was Troppo Tour leader and Lismore’s own Sam Brazel.

Brazel shot a one-under 69 on his home course to finish in the top 10 and now looks to have the Troppo Tour Order of Merit sewn up.

“It’d be almost over now,” Jaeger said of Brazel wrapping up that title.

“They play at Casino again tomorrow; a couple of half-solid rounds and that’d be the end of it.”

When Brazel wraps up the Troppo Tour he will have earned a fully funded trip to the Callaway Golf factory in the United States.

On Sunday, another golfer almost took out an equally handsome prize.

Club Car, manufacturers of the world’s most popular golf buggies, donated a bounty for anyone who could nail a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth hole.

A $10,000 golf buggy, no less.

And Sydney golfer Graydon Woolridge came painfully close to nabbing the prize when his tee-shot dropped just 10 centimetres shy of the hole.

“It’s a 180-metre hole so from the tee he would have been thinking he was pretty close without knowing if it had dropped,” Jaeger said of Woolridge.

“It would have been a long walk getting down there to see the result but unfortunately for Graydon he just missed out.”

Jaeger reported that the tournament went down a treat with all involved.

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