Yancheo Pro-Am: Michael Long triumphs

Michael Long on his way to a championship-winning score of 66.
Winning amateurs Rhys Britton, Ben Nichols and Greg Bryant.
Kent Rayner, Greg Mitchell, Chris Wells and Michael Long.
Michael Long on his way to a championship-winning score of 66. Winning amateurs Rhys Britton, Ben Nichols and Greg Bryant. Kent Rayner, Greg Mitchell, Chris Wells and Michael Long.

MICHAEL Long (47) has won the 2016 Yanchep Golf Estate Sun City Pro-Am, topping a strong field of 39 professionals to take the title.

Long finished with a six under the card 66 to win by one stroke from Daniel Fox who scored a five under 67. WA’s Braden Becker and Victorian Tim Elliot tied for third one stroke further back.

It continues Long’s winning form after he won the Victorian Open in February this year.

“I’m happy with the golf I’m playing in this May Pro Am swing,” he said after his one shot victory.

“I haven’t played this course for about 10 years and it’s a lot better than I remember it, with the changes to the layout.”

Long’s 66 fell one stroke short of beating the course record of 65, set at last year’s Pro-Am by Busselton’s Brody Ninyette.

The 39 professionals were joined by 78 amateurs in the May 18 competition that saw amateurs team up with a pro for an assisted ambrose competition.

The winning team comprised Greg Bryant, Ben Nichols and Rhys Britton, on nett 56.7.

“It was a great day,” Bryant said.

“It’s great to get a chance to see up close how the pros do it. Just their course management is something to watch. Where we all reach for the driver, they’ll play an iron for position.”

It is the fifth year in a row that Yanchep Golf Estate, Peet Limited’s residential community neighbouring the course, has supported the event, part of the PGA’s May swing of Pro-Ams in WA.

“We really appreciate the sponsors’ support of professional golf, whether for players just starting out or players heading for 50 like myself,” Long said, thanking sponsors as he received the winner’s cheque for $2245.