25 Sep 2020 | Amateur golf |
Maxwell seizes chance at Gary Player Classic
by Martin Blake
After several unsuccessful attempts and at his last chance, Zac Maxwell has finally won the Gary Player Classic in Brisbane.
Maxwell, 20, played a superb final-round at Pacific Golf Club today, carding the day’s low round of two-under par 70, to clinch the win.
He finished a shot ahead of Czech-born player Frank Jan Pavek in the 18-20 years event.
Maxwell was runner-up to Lewis Hoath in the 2019 Queensland Amateur championship and this is his biggest win.
“It felt good, yes,” he said afterward. “I just stayed patient, kept playing my own game. It paid off.”
The young man from Virginia Golf Club had shot even-par in each of the first three rounds of the 72-hole event. “I did know I couldn’t shoot even par again today to win it.,” he said. “I tried to mix it up. I had a rough idea (what I needed). It worked. I’m pretty proud of myself.”
Travis Robbie from Southport Golf Club won a playoff against Blaike Perkins to take out the 16-17 years title, having birdied the last hole in regulation to get into a playoff.
“Dad told me, ‘You’re in with a chance, so play well’. I just tried to make birdie,” he said later.
“I was nervous. First time in a playoff, so I got a good drive settled the nerves so I was right for the second shot. It hasn’t really sunk in too much right now. I’m pretty happy.”
Robbie finished at three-over with rounds of 77-70-71-73. He is a previous winner of the Sunshine Junior Masters.
In the 15 and under section, Kai Komulainen of Emerald Lakes triumphed, shooting one-over par to win by a shot from Harry Takis at two-over. Komulainen carded rounds of 74-69-74-72.
Golf Australia Queensland’s Matt Field paid tribute to the legendary Gary Player for supporting the event for the 49th year, and to Pacific GC’s superintendent Shaun O’Leary for presenting the course “true and fair”, in superb condition.
He also paid acknowledged the sponsorship support of Adina Watches, whose backing of the event dates back around 40 years.
The Gary Player Classic is part of the Golf Australia boys’ order of merit and dates to 1972.
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