Marantz wins Bega NSW PGA Championship

BY | Von Nida Tour | 2006 New South Wales PGA Championship | Wrap | 12 Mar 2006
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Paul Marantz claimed the 2006 Bega Cheese NSW PGA Championship after overcoming a late surge from West Australian Michael Sim at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Course. Marantz finished the tournament at 25 under par, four shots clear of Sim.

Marantz held the overnight lead by one stroke over Sim and after birdies at the third, fifth and eighth holes, suddenly found himself three shots clear making the turn.

Sim struggled to find the cup as blustery conditions and firm greens made birdies hard to come by. With a birdie at the 11th, Sim then hit the par five 12th in two shots but was unable to capitalise, three putting for par and remaining two strokes back.

Marantz was flawless on the back nine coming home with a bogey free back nine of two under 34. The long hitting Marantz made the most of the reachable par fives at both the Pambula Merimbula and Tura Beach courses. Over the four rounds Marantz played the par fives in an impressive 19 under par.

Marantz’s tournament included rounds of 66, 67, 65 & 69 and although his final round 69 was his highest for the week it was one of his best under the demanding conditions and pressure of leading into the final round.

Scott Draper completed his best result in professional golf finishing tied for fourth at 18 under par. Tied with the former tennis star were Jarrod Moseley, Anthony Painter and Tura Beach local Larry Austin.

The uncanny trend continued in the final round as another two players recorded holes in one, bring the total to five for the tournament. Craig Warren aced the 137m 17th hole, while Aron Price excited the gallery on the 145m fourth hole.

The Von Nida Tour continues next week with the Toyota Southern Classic at the Woolooware Golf Club in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire commencing on Friday 17th March.

Source – PGA Australia

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