Brett Maxwell chips on to the green in the Lismore Pro-Am at Lismore Workers Golf Club yesterday.
Brett Maxwell chips on to the green in the Lismore Pro-Am at Lismore Workers Golf Club yesterday. Jay Cronan

Golfer drops in for Lismore Pro-Am

BY rights Nathan Main should have been at a family barbecue yesterday instead of claiming the first ‘one-day’ win of his professional career at the Lismore Pro-Am golf tournament.

Main must have been glad he didn’t cancel as he picked up the $3500 first prize and that will surely buy him plenty of sausages.

What’s even better is that we can claim Main as one of our own.

Even though he’s now based at Robina on the Gold Coast, his parents used to live at Broadwater, and he was born in Lismore hospital 32 years ago.

“It’s the first time that I’ve been back here since,” Main said.

“On Friday we were playing at Royal Queensland and I asked the question whether I could get out of playing today, never knowing how good it was.

“If I’d known how good it was I would have come here before.

“My wife had committed to a family barbecue with some of our friends and because I was overseas a couple of weeks ago I forgot to withdraw. But I’m pretty happy I came out to play now.”

Main described himself as a ‘fairly steady’ golfer who normally shies away from one-day pro-am events. But he found the Lismore course and conditions well to his liking.

He was surprised that his three-under 67 was enough to beat Daniel Morrison and Simon Furneaux who were a further one shot back at two-under 68.

“These one-dayers aren’t really my speciality,” he said. “Some guys just go out and say ‘right, I’m going for it today’ and go for all their putts and all their shots. I’m more of a steady sort of get it on the green and keep it going.”

Main has been granted a partial entry to the Asian tour which will allow him to play about six tournaments a year.

“A lot of guys say they don’t want to play just a few tournaments, but I’ve decided to back myself to play well enough to go on and play next year,” he said.

The leading amateurs from yesterday’s Lismore Pro-Am were Nathan Hughes, Michael McClelland and Murray Edwards.

Meanwhile, Sue Sheaffe was the women’s winner from Demi Schaefer.


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