Duo crowned golf champions of King Island 2023 Summer Pro Am. The 27 professionals and 81 amateurs made it the largest golf event ever staged on King Island.
The PGA announced two winners at the 2023 Air Adventure King Island Pro-Am, professional golfers Dylan Higgins and Ben Bunny finished locked together on 70 stable-ford points from their two rounds.
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Visiting golfers flew into King Island to compete at the spectacular Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes courses over two days. King Island proudly has some of the worlds best public golf courses. Last weekend the links courses were played by 108 Golfers divided into many groups being one professional and three amateurs, (Pro-Am).
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Dylan Higgins and Ben Bunny both score 70 stable-ford points from their two golf rounds on King Island, Tasmania. Two points off the lead at the start of the second round at Ocean Dunes on Tuesday, Higgins began with back-to-back birdies to play his way into the mix.
A double bogey on five, a topped tee shot on 11 and a dreaded shank on 12 only added to the difficulty yet Higgins rebounded with birdies at 13, 16 and 17 for 37 points and the clubhouse lead.
After posting 31 points on Monday and making the turn in two-over courtesy of a birdie at nine, Bunny was an unlikely challenger.
He banked pars at 10 and 11 and then hit driver, driver to three feet at the par-5 12th for a timely eagle.
He backed that up by putting in for birdie from just off the green at 13 and completed a back nine of five-under and 23 points with birdies at 16 and 18, the last a mere tap-in from 30 centimetres.
With shanks having plagued his recent rounds, Higgins came into the event expecting little but used his hosel-rocket at 12 to kick-start his charge to the clubhouse.
“I got a little hot under the collar when I hit that clean hosel on 12,” admitted Higgins, pictured.
“I just told myself that I was probably still in it. It’s not an easy day, it’s a hard golf course and managed to give some really good shots coming in.
“I’d had a pretty good start to the year but the last 10-12 rounds I’ve thought I’ve played OK and hit clean hosels in every single event. The practice round was no exception.
“Yesterday I managed to keep a fairly clean card at Cape Wickham.
“My expectations coming in were minimal but if you chip it around here you can make a score and I was lucky enough to do that.”
Source and final scores on the PGA website, click the link below.