The Central Coast’s Justin Warren tees off at the 2020 Mi-Organics Yamba Pro Am. Images: Geoff Helisma.

Lawson wins Yamba Pro Am

Geoff Helisma

World number 702 golf professional Deyen Lawson won the 2020 Mi-Organics Yamba Pro Am, hosted by the Yamba Golf Club, over the weekend, October 31 and November 1.

The Gold Coast-based Lawson shot rounds of 69 and 68 (total of 137) to win the event, ahead of Christopher Wood, who shot rounds of 68 and 70 (138).

Damien Jordan and Andrew Evans tied for third, with totals of 139.

Evans, who scored a 65, was just one stroke short Matthew Ballard’s course record of 64, set in 2012.

A spokesperson said, “The club would like to thank all of our sponsors, Mi-Organics, Clarence Valley Air-Conditioning, Paradise Pools and Bizprint.”

Tournament coordinator, John Noble from the Professional Golfers Association of Australia (PGA), said that the opening of the Queensland border had come at the right time.

“Prior to the border opening, it looked like the [competitor] numbers would be well down,” he said.

“But with it opening, the boys decided to come down and go home on Tuesday [the day the border opens].”

This, he said, greatly strengthened the field; with the likes of Dimitrios Papadatos and Deyen Lawson for example, whom, but for the pandemic would be in Europe.

“It’s a pretty strong field,” Mr Noble said.

He said there were two weather stoppages on Saturday afternoon due to passing storms.

“We had 43 professionals and between 100 and 120 amateurs in the field,” he said.

This coming weekend the club will host the 2020 Yamba Open with well over 200 players.

Yamba golf professional John Wright (left) is pictured with Yamba Pro Am winner Deyen Lawson. Image: Contributed.