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Millar wins Port Curtis Golf Classic

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Canberra based professional Matthew Millar has upstaged his rivals to claim the inaugural Southern Great Barrier Reef Port Curtis Golf Classic, with a final round 65 at the Calliope Country Club today.

Millar cruised to a five shot victory over his nearest competitors Damien Jordan and Blake McGrory, after finishing at 16 under par, with neither Jordan or McGrory mounting a charge at Millar throughout today’s final round.

The first round of this unique tournament teed off on Monday at the Gladstone Golf Club, and although Ed Stedman found himself in the lead at seven under par, Millar was insight of Stedman only one shot back. It would be Millar however that would make his move at Boyne Island yesterday, firing a three under par round in difficult conditions to gain the outright lead by a single shot from both Jordan and McGrory heading into today’s final round at Calliope.

There is no doubt Millar has been in hot form and it continued today, closing with an impressive seven under par 65 to claim his second win on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing this year. “I played really solid over the past three days, making the most of the opportunities I gave myself throughout the week,” said Millar.

“It has been a great three day’s for me and although it wasn’t easy having to play on a different course each day, it was made easier by the fact that each course suited by game. The clubs and tournament officials should be very proud of what they achieved in their inaugural tournament and I look forward to returning to defend my title next year.”

Although the day belonged to Millar, Blake McGrory recorded a rarity on the golf course, after a perfectly executed second shot with a six iron found the bottom of the cup at the 458 metre par five 14th. McGrory didn’t actually see his ball disappear into the cup for the albatross, but his playing partners certainly made him aware of his rare feat.

Professionals will continue their drive down the east coast of Queensland tomorrow with the $19,000 Maryborough Pro-Am teeing off on Thursday. Local product Sam Eaves will be looking to defend his title from last year, as he looks to become the first back-to-back champion in the 31 year history of the Pro-Am.

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