Pro-am winner Jarrod Stirling Image: contributed

Two shot lead gives Jarrod Stirling the Yamba Pro-Am

Redcliffe golfer Jarrod Stirling has taken out the 15th staging of the $22,000 Yamba Pro-Am after he carded a second consecutive round of 68 to finish at 8 under par and a two shot victory.

He started the event on Saturday along with previous winners Ryan Haller, Matt Millar, Sam Brazel and 2018 champion James Nitties.

At the end of play on Saturday, Jay Mackenzie and Brett Rankin took a one shot lead heading into the final round after a 5 under par rounds of 67.

Mackenzie is a local growing up at Ballina Golf Club whilst Rankin is a two time winner of the Yamba Pro-Am.

“Yamba is one of the most anticipated stops on the Pro-Am Series schedule all year which is shown by the number and the quality of the professional that are playing,” said Rankin.

“I haven’t been playing as well to start the second half of the year as I did the first half though there is something about the Yamba course that I really enjoy and I find it quite easy to get the ball in the hole.”

Starting the day on Sunday tied for the lead, Brett Rankin jumped out to an early lead heading to the back nine ahead of the chasing pack however a back nine of 34 helped Stirling to get over the line.

Jarrod Stirling (who also won the Redcliffe Pro-Am last month) is happy to find form at a good time of the year. “We have a big stretch of events at the moment. I am heading to China this week before with the PGA Tour of Australasia events over the coming months so it is great to build some confidence at the right time of the season,” said Stirling. 

“I got off to a fair start today though still found myself behind going to the back nine and therefore I knew I had to keep making birdies to be in with a chance.”

Rankin, who has previously won this event in 2014 and 2015 indicated the good vibes of previous years were certainly there. “If I could take the Yamba golf course with me everywhere I would. I love the layout, it is always in good condition and the hospitality is second to none,” said Rankin.

Jarrod with his winner cheque along with Club Professional John Wright and Yamba Golf Club President Tony Moran. Image: Contributed