Clutch birdies drop in Bonville Cup win
LOCAL sharp shooter Gio Zugajev has finished in the winners circle at the men's Bonville Cup fending off challengers from both New South Wales and Queensland in the 36-hole competition.
The Coffs Coast turned on the sunshine for 144 golfers over the two days who made their way to Bonville to contest the prestigious amateur event.
The multi format competition is played out across two divisions where division one contested two rounds of stroke play.
Zugajev shot even par rounds of 72 each day, cementing the second days score with 14 pars and two birdies and narrowly missing a putt for birdie on the 18th.
That would have put him one under the card for the day.
"Over the two-day period I just played really solid,” Zugajev said.
"I hit greens and kept the ball on the fairway.
"When the pressure was on, on the second day I managed to make some clutch up and downs, which kept the momentum going.”
Zugajev posted an aggregate gross score of 144 for the tournament and took home a Titleist golf bag together with his name on the 2017 trophy and the honour board for his efforts.
"It's really nice to win a tournament at your home course and brilliant to showcase Bonville to our visitors,” he said in remarking on his win during the presentation.
Gross runner-up winner Thomas Heaton, a member at The Australian Golf Club finished with rounds of 72 and 76 for a total of 148 for the tournament, a feat that at just 15 years of age makes this Golf Australia junior development player a real future star on the Australian golfing scene.
Nett winner Scott Sims of Windsor, NSW had a score of 141 nett and nett Runner-up Gavin Landon of Coolangatta / Tweed had a score of 144 nett.
Division 2 played an aggregate Stableford across 36 holes.
John Deluca of Beaudesert, QLD posted solid rounds to finish in the top position with an aggregate 72 points for the competition and won a Titleist golf bag.
The Division 2 runner up position was hotly contested with Andrew McCrae of Oatlands, NSW finishing with 70 points, just a point ahead of second and third runners-up Murray Sharp (Coolangatta / Tweed) and Jared Hatfield (Wynnum, QLD) who both finished with 69 points, Murray Sharp winning on a countback.