So close: Tasmanian Craig Hancock fired a record-breaking six under par round of 61in round one of the Maryborough Golf Club Pro-Am but still finished one shot behind the winner, Shaun Harmer.
So close: Tasmanian Craig Hancock fired a record-breaking six under par round of 61in round one of the Maryborough Golf Club Pro-Am but still finished one shot behind the winner, Shaun Harmer. Valerie Horton

Ipswich golfer strikes again

SHAUN Harmer's love affair with the golf courses of the Fraser Coast continued on Friday.

The Ipswich-based professional won his second consecutive tournament in the region after winning the $17,500 Maryborough Golf Club Pro-Am.

Harmer, the winner of the now defunct Fraser Coast Classic 12 months ago, shot a final round six under par 64 to finish one shot ahead of overnight leader, Tasmanian Craig Hancock.

Hancock had started the second round with a three-shot lead but could not back up the heroics of his first round nine-under par 61, a Maryborough club record, and shot a round of 70 to finish one shy of Harmer.

New South Welshman Aaron Black finished third, two-shots behind Hancock.

Of the Fraser Coast professionals in action on the fairways and greens, trainee professional, former Maryborough Golf Club champion, Sam Eaves, finished the best in a tie for 17th after rounds of 66 and 72.

Hervey Bay's Nathan Carey carded rounds of 77 and 74 to finish tied for 55th.

Harmer, who finished the tournament on 10-under par, said he was thrilled with his victory.

“I feel ecstatic at the moment to be honest and I can't believe that I have really won,” Harmer, who coincidentally won the Fraser Coast Classic by one shot, said.

“He (Hancock) had played so well in the first round so all you can do is give it your best shot and hope it's good enough on the day – fortunately for me it was.

“To win last year's Fraser Coast Classic and back up this year and win the Maryborough Pro-Am really means a lot.”



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