MELBOURNE-based professional Euan Walters smashed Commercial Albury’s course record yesterday to capture the Albury Pro-Am in stunning fashion.
Walters hit seven-under par (63) to win the $25,000 event in near-perfect conditions, beating the previous record of 65 set by Graham Hulm.
But he wasn’t the only one to do it.
Rival Craig Scott also beat the course record, finishing with a six-under par score of 64.
Walters, who was unaware of his achievement on reaching the clubhouse, said the conditions at Albury had played a major role in his success.
He shot six birdies and two eagles during his stellar round.
“The course was perfect out there and I managed to play well for most of it,” Walters said.
“I had my little moments in the middle of the round where things didn’t go too well but a lot of things went my way, as well.
“I’ve broken a few records before so it’s not something I really think about.
“Sometimes a 72 might be really good in tough conditions.
“But, as I said, this course is just in perfect condition.
“If you play well here, you get rewarded.
“That’s a measurement of a good golf course.”
Walters, who turned professional in 1994, said he loved playing at Commercial Albury.
“That’s why I keep coming back,” he said.
And while second-placed Scott could consider himself hard done by, the Melbourne-based pro said he was happy with his effort.
“I made one silly mistake on one of the easiest holes on the course and bogeyed,” Scott said.
“That was the only sort of blemish all day.
“But I’m happy with that.
“I thought it would be good enough but you never know with Euan.”
Michael Choi finished third with a score of 65, equalling the previous course record.
Professionals Paul Hart and Chris Witcher carded rounds of 64 during a pro-am in 1977 while golfing legend Jack Nicklaus once shot 68 at the course.
Albury young gun Zach Murray recently shot a remarkable score of 62, however, wasn’t counted as a course record as he played off the middle-markers.