The loss of a close friend inspired Carl Smedley to earn a first SParms PGA Legends Tour victory at the Bribie Island Legends Pro-Am.
The first of two SParms PGA Legends Tour events in the Moreton Bay area, 55 professionals took part Friday, but none carried Smedley’s emotional burden.
Three out of three holes in wet weather and strong winds, Smedley summoned a fightback he attributed to his friend’s loss to post a 71-under and a two-stroke victory at Bribie Island Golf Club.
“I lost a good friend this morning to a sudden stroke and that certainly puts life in perspective,” Smedley said.
“I almost felt like I was wearing a 15th club today.
“It was nice to get a win to make him proud.”
After his early struggles, Smedley birdied on the fifth, sixth, seventh, 14th and 17th holes, his only other shot falling on the ninth.
After a successful start to his career, this is Smedley’s first win on the SParms PGA Legends Tour.
“Some of the toughest conditions I’ve played in for some time, which is rare in this region at this time of year,” he added.
“I played well at the start of this week, but when you’re faced with a day where you just need to limit the bogeys, it’s definitely a change of mind.”
Smedley won by two shots off current SParms PGA Legends Tour Order of Merit leader Andre Stolz (73) with Murray Lott rounding out the top three with a round two of 74.
The SParms PGA Legends Tour is now heading to Pacific Harbor Golf and Country Club for Saturday’s Pacific Harbor Legends Pro-Am with players departing at 11 a.m.
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