Greg Turner's Taree Open win

Taree Golf Club captain Peter Wildblood presents Greg Turner with the trophy after his win in the Taree Open.

Taree Golf Club captain Peter Wildblood presents Greg Turner with the trophy after his win in the Taree Open.

THE penultimate major event of Taree Golf Club’s year, the Taree Open attracted a star-studded field of golfers vying for their name on the perpetual trophy.

This year the open was a Vardon event, one of a series of such tournamentss for top golfers around the nation.

The Taree Open champion for 2017 is Greg Turner, who beat Stephen Webb of Wollongong in a three-hole playoff after both finished their rounds with 73s.  The A-grade net winner was Rohan Abbott with a score of 70, a count back ahead of Tony McMaster (70) in second place with Nick Payne from Port Macquarie (71) third.  Michael O’Keefe from Carnarvon won the net B-grade title with the best nett score of the day of 65.  Runner up was Trevor Brown (70) on a count back from Ross Townsend (70) in third place.  James Watkin was the C-grade winner with a net 71 followed by runner up John Daly (73) on a count back from third place getter Scott Provost (73),

Nearest to the pins were won by: Ray Matthews and K Welsh at the 1st; Stephen Webb, Jackson Wits and Graeme Pitman at the 4th; Stephen Webb and Paul Dalton at the 12th; R Moran, Trevor Brown and Scott Provost at the 14th; and Darren Yarnold and Os Bellamy at the 16th. Prizes for the long drives went to Stephen Web, Simon Magin and S Hopkins.