Over the weekend, RACV Goldfields Resort hosted the inaugural Super6 Ladbrokes Pro-Am. The first of its kind, the Super6 format put top qualifiers against each other in a 6-hole knockout match play situation with Professionals playing other Professionals and amateurs playing other amateurs. Matches that were tied at the end of the 6 holes were sent to the super hole, a 60-meter downhill pitch shot where if tied after one play of the hole, players go back to the tee for a one shot nearest to the pin competition.
The 2-day event started with a 18 hole qualifying round on Saturday. Amateurs played a stableford round and Professionals played a stroke round with the top 24 from each category going through to the knockout match play on Sunday.
For the Professionals, it was a three-way tie for top qualifier with Ashley Hall, Chris Wood and Matthew Millar all producing magnificent scores of 4-under 68. The cut off mark for the top 24 was 2-over 74. The top scorer in the amateur field was Mark L with 36 points and players who scored 22 points or more made the cut into the top 24.
Sunday morning saw all qualifiers gather for a day of hot action. It was Pro v Pro and amateur v amateur in each group which gave our amateurs the opportunity to learn the tactics of the Pros in this exciting knockout format. The first two elimination rounds gave us a taste of what the Super6 knockout hole could produce with several matches going the distance and needing the short hole to determine the winner.
Highlights of the match play draw were several eagles from Professionals who took advantage of the short par-5s that Goldfields offers and the performance under pressure of many amateurs exceeding their own expectations including the execution of some skilful putts that looked like the work of a Pro.
As the day went on and the field got smaller, it was clear that the fitness and concentration of all competitors was going to play a key part. Temperatures around 30 degrees and almost 30 holes of golf took its toll on some and was simply too much for David B’s right shoe which lost its sole in the semi final.
After four rounds of 6-hole match play we had our finalists. The amateur final was contested by Wayne T (RACV Goldfields Golf Course) and Joe M (RACV Golf Membership) with Professionals, Simon Hawkes and Anthony Marchesani battling it out for the professional prize pool.
Both matches were hotly contested as they both went down to the last (sixth) hole, but in the end RACV Golf member, Joe M, took the amateur prize with a thrilling finish over local RACV Goldfields member, Wayne T. Both gentlemen played some terrific golf and truly outlasted the rest of the field.
The Professional battle saw both players hit some fantastic shots and huge drives. It was Tasmanian Simon Hawkes who made a solid par up the last (sixth) hole to claim the prize.
Overall, the event produced not only a great atmosphere for competitors and spectators, but a priceless opportunity for amateurs to play with a minimum of 2 Professionals and some playing with up to 6. It is a learning curve and an eye-opening experience to be able to see what the Pros can do and to listen to their advice. We hope that all amateurs left the field feeling inspired to implement these tips into their future rounds.
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