Petersen smashes club record

February 05, 2018

Brayden Petersen lines up a putt during the final round of the 2018 Rich River Trainee Classic. Photo by Luke Hemer.

RICH River Golf Club’s course record was smashed by two shots last week — by a 22-year-old.

Newcastle’s Brayden Petersen cleaned up the rest of the 103-player field at last week’s Rich River Trainee Classic.

His 12-under par score was seven shots clear of second-placed Allan Haughie, of ACT.

Petersen’s third round was his best, walking back to the clubhouse with an outstanding eight-under 64, two shots better than anyone else has ever scored on the course.

‘‘I played really well. I can’t quite believe it, but yeah ... I’m absolutely over the moon,’’ Petersen told the Riv, minutes after walking off the 18th green on Friday.

Rich River golf professional Steve Loader said he was quietly pleased the course record had been beaten, as the previous holder is a colleague of his.

‘‘It’s a heck of a score really, 64. And it’s even funnier because the previous record holder is over there, Ben Patton,’’ he laughed.

Loader said the turn out for the 31st edition of the tournament was fantastic.

‘‘Even with some rough weather earlier in the week, with wind and rain, it was a great tournament. We’ve got players from all states here, some from as far away as Darwin,’’ he said.

‘‘I couldn’t fault the course really this week. It’s held up really well and the players have loved it.’’

Petersen was in outright second place (-1) following the second round cut, leaving the best-placed 50 players, and those tied for 50th.

But his remarkable third-round score set him up as the clear favourite for the final round.

‘‘I didn’t come here expecting much, it’s my first tournament I’ve entered this year, and certainly the biggest I’ve won. Leading by five (at the start of play) today, I was quietly confident and I ended up winning by seven,’’ he said.

‘‘The course was immaculate, it’s a huge pat on the back for the greenkeepers.’’

But the celebrations won’t last long for Petersen, he is studying as part of the PGA (Professional Golf Association) Australia Trainee program and has assignments due on drugs in sport, and sports coaching due soon.

‘‘Yeah I’ll definitely be getting onto those soon, so I can’t celebrate too long I think.’’

Results:1st: Brayden Petersen, (-9), 2nd: Allan Haughie (-4), 3rd: Zak Fuller, Jamie Stapleton, Jacob Davies, Dylan Thompson (+5), 7th: Luke O’Carrigan, David Hall (+6), 9th: Thomas Punnett, Mitchell Gannon, Sahil Sahib, Billy Watson (+7).

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