story and pics by Lynne Mowbray
Around 100 amateur and 40 professional golfers took part in the Crowe Horwath Pro Am golf event at Yamba Golf Club on the weekend.
After starting the final round seven shots behind, Brett Rankin fired an unofficial course record 64 in the events second round, to claim back-to-back wins at the Crowe Horwath Yamba Pro-Am.
Rankin finished one shot ahead of overnight leader Luke Hickman on eight under par, but Hickman will no doubt rue the missed opportunity for victory at Yamba, after stumbling late in his round with a triple bogey seven at the par 4 16th hole.
This is the third win in a row for Rankin, after also winning the Casino and Murwillumbah Pro-Ams during the week.
“I have always enjoyed my time in the Northern Rivers, but at the start of the week, I never expected to win three consecutive tournaments,” said Rankin.
“I knew at the start of the day that I would need to get off to a hot start and shoot a low number, but even if I did, the leaders would need to make a few mistakes coming in if I was to have any chance.
“Fortunately for me that’s exactly what happened and although I couldn’t be happier, I do feel for Luke who was gunning for his first win on the Sunshine Swing.”
The professionals also took part in the Grafton Pro-Am on Monday.