SOUTH AUSTRALIAN professional golfer Garry Merrick has won the 2009 John Deere Queensland Senior Open by three shots over Rodger Davis (NSW), after carding a one over par round (72) to finish on a total of four under par for the 54 hole event.
Merrick was able to hold off his rivals over the final round with the solid shot making that had given him an overnight three shot lead.
It was not all smooth sailing for Merrick over the opening holes, “I hit the ball probably the best I had all week today, however the putts just did not drop.”
It was not until the 15th hole Merrick finally made a 30 foot putt for birdie, that gave him the confidence to then go on and make two solid par saving putts on holes 16 and 17.
Down the last Merrick played the hole in regulation par to take out the Championship.
Both Davis and Roger Stephenson (WA) playing with Merrick in the final group, cut the lead down to one throughout the final round, however Davis made bogies on holes 7 and 8 to fall three back. Stephenson pushed Merrick all the way up to the final two holes, but finished with a double bogey, bogey, to finish in outright third.
The leading amateur, finishing in an impressive tie for fourth place was John Small (Killara, NSW) who had rounds of 72,71 and 72 in his first QLD Senior Open Event.
Corben wins first Australian Senior Ranking event
NSW senior Greg Corben recorded his first ever win in an Australian Senior Ranking event with a convincing three stroke victory in the 55 and over amateur section.
Corben handled the windy conditions and very fast greens better than most to record a final round 75 following opening rounds of 75 and 73 and a 54 hole total of 223.
Defending champion Grahame MacDonald matched Corben’s final round to claim equal second place with rounds of 73-78-75 = 226. Tying for second was another Queenslander Ken Glasson with scores of 76-73-77 = 226.