Master strokes at Millaa Millaa as two more qualify for Port Douglas

April 2, 2023

A hidden gem tucked away in the historic Far North Queensland tablelands, Millaa Millaa Golf Course was in immaculate condition ready for an early morning start. 

After a day of pre tournament fun on Friday with a 9 hole skins game and night putting competitions the teams arrived to some inclement weather but a cracking sunrise to start off Round 7. 

Anticipation was high for the seventh and eighth qualifiers of the Drummond Golf Survivor Series with two back-to-back rounds taking place over the weekend. 

Round 7 saw a full field of golfers ready to tackle the tricky 9 hole layout. 

Getting off to an early lead was team Last Minute. Com who literally entered the tournament at 530am, the boys were -4 under their handicap after 9 holes.

With 3 holes to go we had 6 teams in contention for the Golden Ticket but it was Craig IIsley and Paul Forrester from team Last Minute. Com who continued their early morning form by making two birdies out of the last holes. 

The boys played a calculated round by using the strength of Paul Forresters drive as he drove the ball over 300 metres and the delicate putting of Craig, making the perfect combination – a match made in tablelands heaven finishing with the sort after score of Net -10 under, securing their spot in the grand final at Port Douglas. 

Round 8 was another sold out afternoon field and saw a fresh set of golfers ready to tackle the undulating mini paradise of Millaa Millaa.

A very tight tussle with close scores again all the way to the finish. With 5 holes to play we had 5 teams tied for the lead, 4 of these teams being local entrants. 

2 teams then jumped out of the pack. Teams Millaa Millaa Gorillas and Team Migaloo.

In a very intense finish, it was Mark Twomey and Ashley Healy of Team Millaa Millaa Gorillas who birdied their last 2 holes including Ash sinking a 25 footer to take out the Golden Ticket and booking themselves into the Port Douglas Grand Final. 

An amazing weekend held at the historic gem of a golf club.

Next stop on the Drummond Golf Survivor Series sees teams head off to Cairns for the J&R Refrigeration Halfmoon Bay event, Round 9 of the series!

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