Adrian wins El Cheapo Tour
DANE Smith has proved he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to winning a golf tournament.
He said Adrian Files would have a shot at winning the 16th El Cheapo Tour crown and he was right on the money.
Smith, the defending champion, finished well off the pace after Files played his way to winning the annual three-round, three-day event on the Sunshine Coast.
He also made some more tour history along the way.
The 38-year-old bank manager held off the challenge from 23 other Fraser Coast players to become the first New South Welshman to win the right to wear the champion’s yellow cap with pride.
But Files, a member of the Maryborough Golf Club who plays off a handicap of 10, didn’t have it all his own way.
John Knight, one of eight former champions in action on the fairways and greens this year at Horton Park Golf Club, Twin Waters and Headland, ensured that.
Knight, ever present since the Tour started all those years ago, finished with the same number of points (the champion is the player who finishes the three rounds with the most stableford points) as Files but finished second after a count back.
It was the disappointing 35 points that Knight carded on the final day that almost certainly cost him the chance of becoming only the second player in Tour history to win the event twice – Smith is the only player to have done that.
While Knight was left wondering what might have been, Files was enjoying the moment as much as he could.
“It’s without doubt the best win of my golfing career,” Files said.
“I’m wrapped to be honest.”
Will he back to defend his crown next year?
“For sure – I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”
While one New South Welshman had first place covered, another made finishing last all his own and it was Steve Cameron who won that distinction.