Grierson and Tighe share Cumberland City win – PGA of Australia

Two days of flawless golf earned James Grierson a share of victory at the Cumberland City Pro-Am at Woodville Golf Course in Sydney’s mid-west.

Grierson (in the photo, on the left) and the south coast bomber Lincoln Tighe (in the photo, on the right) finished locked together under 14 at the adidas PGA Pro-Am Series event in two innings, with Grierson’s innings 66-64 consisting of 14 birdies and zero bogeys.

Tighe (67-63) had the par-5 18th and bogeyed the first par-4 on both days to tie Grierson’s tally, the perennial Matthew Millar (68-63) was just one shot back in third place.

The 36-hole tournament serves as the final competitive match before the start of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia next week in Kalgoorlie and a timely confidence boost for the co-winners.

“Any time you play good golf, it always gives you a lot of confidence,” said Grierson, whose best finish last season was a tie for 21st at the WA Open.

“I’ve worked pretty hard and it’s good to have something to play for again.”

Tied with Neven Basic and Jordan Mullaney at the start of day two, Grierson showed exceptional control off the tee to dominate Woodville’s par-5s.

He birdied all five three-shooters in his second round of eight under 64, corner play magic paving the way for a number of birdie looks.

“I drove it really well. Such a tight golf course here and quite short too so my corner game was really good,” the junior Forbes said.

“With the rough and the trees so close to the middle of the fairway, keeping him in play was crucial. Keeping him in the short stuff and having plenty of wedges.

“The greens were quite slow so make sure you are in the right places to enter the green.

“I was really happy not to bogey the two days. It’s always nice and it shows that your game is quite well placed.

A winner at Griffith earlier this year, Brendan Smith took fourth place with a two-day total of 12 under par, one shot ahead of Mullaney and James Conran.

Click here for final scores and prize money.

James T. Quintero