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Skinner posts course record at Urunga Open

TALENTED Coffs Harbour amateur golfer Grant Skinner made it 'Open' title No 2 for the month when he eclipsed a strong field to win the Urunga crown last weekend.

Skinner has shown a new 'lease of life' with his golf, since returning to the game six months ago after a two-year layoff. Evidence of his solid ball striking was his brilliant three under par 67, securing the Urunga Open and setting a new course record along the way.

Since returning from Brisbane in March, Skinner has dedicated the majority of his free time to honing his skills on the practice fairway as he considers another assault on the Professional Golf Association Tour School. From an early age the gifted Skinner has displayed a special ability on the golf course and with junior victories over the likes of international tour professional Adam Scott, there is optimism for a bright golfing future.

Another outstanding local golfer, Nathan Woods, finished just two shots back after recording a creditable one under par 69. Woods has displayed sound form all year, winning the Paul Sheehan Junior Masters at Coffs Harbour and a third placing at the NSW Country Championships. He will be travelling south soon to compete in the Australian Mastercard Masters Pro Am at Huntingdale Golf Club and we wish him well on the tough Melbourne sand belt layout.

Another highlight was the performance of 16-year-old Urunga-based Callan Tarrant and 15-year-old wiz kid from Coffs Harbour, Sagi Wiguna. Tarrant fired an impressive 77 net 64 to become the Open Net Champion while Wiguna's 72 gross score would have delighted his coach and mentor, Coffs Harbour professional Peter Pearce.

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