Doug Holloway lines up a putt on the 18th in the Bargara Pro-Am.
Doug Holloway lines up a putt on the 18th in the Bargara Pro-Am. Max Fleet

Holloway flies high in pro-am

SIX straight birdies on the Bargara Golf Club back nine helped Doug Holloway to a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the Bargara Pro-Am.

Holloway made a lacklustre start to the final day of the annual event shooting one under par on the first nine holes, but found late form to finish seven under par on the back nine.

“I shot two bogeys straight up and I thought I’d had it but I managed to forget about the score and concentrate on just playing golf,” he said.

The New Zealand professional, 26, claimed the Bargara Pro-Am honours by a mere stroke over Brisbane-based golfer Taylor

Cooper.

“Once I birdied the first couple everything seemed to fall into place and I was able to get over the line,” he said.

“It was a very close competition, so I’m pretty happy with the result.”

Holloway placed in eighth position after the opening round of the two-day competition shooting 70 and finishing three shots behind leader Joel Warner.

A battle emerged between Holloway and Cooper yesterday as the pair jostled for position on the final holes.

“He was breathing down my neck in the end there but I managed to hold on and come away with the win,” Holloway said.

It was Holloway’s first victory on Australian soil since he claimed the Dysart Pro-Am in 2008.

“It’s been a disappointing couple of years here up until this point, so I’m thrilled with the win,” he said.

“I’ve always been a couple of shots down or haven’t putted well but everything came together for me today.”

Holloway said the freshly prepped greens of the Bargara Golf Club course gave him a helping hand in the victory.

“They’re the best greens I’ve played on all year and were rolling beautifully,” he said.

Holloway competed in the Bargara Pro-Am as part of a six-week tour of Australia and will compete in the Fraser Coast Maryborough Pro-Am today.



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