Scott Davis on the money in Waratah Pro-Am
SHAKY START: Scott Davis’ local knowledge of his home course may have given him an edge. Picture: Dean OslandFOR Waratah club professional Scott Davis, it made the cold early morning worthwhile.
Local knowledge came up trumps for the third straight year on Thursday when Davis carded a five-under 66 to win the $10,000 Waratah Pro-Am by a shot from Wollongong’s Brad McIntosh.
Davis’ second pro-am victory followed wins from touring professionals Leigh McKechnie (2012) and Nathan Green (2013), who have both been based at the Argenton course.
These days, Davis is generally limited to pro-shop duties and Saturday afternoon social games. Winning the tournament he helped organise was sweeter than his 2012 victory at the Toronto Pro-Am.
‘‘Especially when you’re here at 4.30 in the morning to start getting carts out and you’re still here at 6.30 at night, it’s very rewarding,’’ Davis said. ‘‘It seems to be a local golfer’s course.’’
Davis was high on confidence leading into his afternoon tee time after finishing tied fifth and only a shot behind the four winners, David Van Raalte, Andrew Campbell, Jason King and Brendan Smith, at the Merewether Pro-Am on Tuesday.
‘‘I’ve been hitting it pretty good and on my home course, the putts rolled in,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a shaky start and then I basically had six birdies in a row from eight to 13. There were a few high fives and knuckles, so my hands were getting sore.’’
Compared with last year’s Waratah Pro-Am, the field was weaker due to the likes of Green, James Nitties and Jake Higginbottom playing in the $2million Perth International.
McIntosh’s runner-up placing closed the gap on the NSW/ACT Order of Merit leader, The Vintage’s Edward Stedman.
However, it was not enough to threaten Stedman in the season’s final pro-am on Wednesday at Kooindah Waters.
Stedman finished 18th at two-over 73 on Thursday at Waratah and his $3106 lead cannot be overtaken.
Stedman hopes the form he has generated in his second NSW/ACT Order of Merit victory will carry through to success in the Japan Golf Tour qualifying school.
After progressing through the first two stages, Stedman will return to Japan next Tuesday for the third stage.
AAP reports: Journeyman John Wade is the shock leader of the Perth International after the Victorian upstaged a host of big names to shoot a tournament-record eight-under 64 on Thursday.
Wade, who qualified for the $1.9million event on Monday, said he surprised even himself with his hot opening round, which included six birdies and an eagle.
The 46-year-old said he was contemplating quitting the sport, but he may have to rethink it if he manages to win the Perth International and the European Tour exemption that goes with it. AAP