Atlantic Beach local Luke Trocado had set a goal to win his home club Open this year. After narrowly losing out in a playoff in 2014, and finishing RunnerUp in 2015, Trocado was thrilled to lift the 2016 Atlantic Beach Open trophy on Sunday.
After the opening round Michael Sherriff (Bellville), Luke Trocado and Paul Colditz (Milnerton) were tied on 4-under-par 68. Just one shot back were Altin van der Merwe (Bellville) and Elmo Barnard (Strand) T4 on 3-under-par 69. T6 were Reuben van Zyl (Parow) and Ashleigh Mills (Atlantic Beach) on 2-under-par.
With perfect scoring conditions and a tight leaderboard it was setup for an exciting afternoon's second round.
Luke Trocado continued his solid play from tee to green and despite a opening bogey on the 1st hole, picked up birdies on the 3rd, 5th and 6th holes followed by closing pars to sign for a 2-under-par 70 in the afternoon round. With a 6-under-par finish on 138 (68,70) Trocado won the Atlantic Beach Open by four shots.
Ruben van Zyl (Parow) had a run of three birdies on the front nine, but with matching bogeys signed for level par in the second round and 142 (70,72) in the fifth event on the Premier Amateur Tour, sponsored by The Foschini Group.
Elton James (Westlake) brought himself back into contention with four birdies on the 2nd, 6th, 9th and 11th holes to shoot 4-under-par in the afternoon round and close the 36 hole stroke play tournament on 143 (75,68).
Unfortunately, despite a host birdies on their card, Elmo Barnard, Michael Sherriff and Altin van der Merwe had costly holes on the 1st, 2nd and 17 respectively that saw their challenge for the trophy widen.
Our thanks to Atlantic Beach for hosting another successful event on the WP Premier Amateur Tour (PAT), sponsored by The Foschini Group.
For full results and live scoring go to: www.wpgu.co.za
The WP Premier Amateur Tour (PAT) takes a break for a couple of weeks, whilst the WP MidAmateur Tour season gets underway.
The sixth event on the WP PAT is the Kuils River Open on the 15 July 2016. Online entries available at: www.wpgu.co.za
ATLANTIC BEACH OPEN – TOP 15