Kiwi triumphs in APGC senior title

New Zealander Brent Paterson held off a gaggle of Australians to emerge with the APGC Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in South Australia.
Paterson was the only player in the international field to break par, shooting a three-round total of 215 to finish one under the card.
He began with an opening round 74 before producing a superb three under 69 and closing with an even par 72.
Paterson won by a whopping nine shots from Australian runner-up Kym Olsen (+8) who edged out countryman Stefan Albinski (+9) by a shot while two other Australians, Ian Frost and John Davey, tied for fourth at 11 over par.
Outgoing APGC Chairman Dr David Cherry collected the 70 and over age prize when he shot a total of 243, finishing a creditable 24th overall.
During the tournament, from October 18-20, Paterson relied heavily on his accuracy off the tee, avoiding the dangerous hazards greeting wayward shots.
“Playing Royal Adelaide with treacherous rough put an emphasis on driving accuracy,” Paterson said.
He was able to stay on the fairway and hit 16 greens in regulation during each of the first two rounds.
“The course is a beautiful design and was in great condition with firm greens.
“Players had to be strategic on par-fives and needed to score well on holes 1-11 as the remaining holes were very tough,” He said.
Paterson also produced great touch on the greens, particularly with tricky one to two-metre putts.
But he said conditions made low scoring difficult with the wind gusting and changing direction during the round.

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