Winning form in Cairns is a dream for Kelly
ANDREW Kelly will hope he doesn't wake from a dream today, after two incredible rounds of golf handed him the Paradise Palms Pro Am yesterday afternoon.
The Victorian followed a first-round course record 64 with a five-under 67 yesterday to romp to a seven-shot victory at the picturesque country club.
Kelly’s performance made a mockery of a course regarded as one of the most difficult in the country.
In fact second-placed Steven Jeffress said last night that he would have won even if the entire US Tour field had been playing.
"Everything sort of went my way," Kelly said.
"At Sea Temple earlier in the week it didn’t, and I finished way down.
"But these last few days have been the ones we all dream about."
After starting so well on Thursday, Kelly was keen to keep a distance on his rivals as he closed out the tournament.
"I was pretty determined to back it up and birdies on the last two holes was a great way to finish it off," he said.
He finished 13-under par, seven clear of Marcus Cain, Luke Marino and Jeffress who all tied for second.
The Wangaratta product said it was his fifth Pro Am victory in the past six months and pointed to more international play as a result.
"I’ve played the Canadian tour and a bit of Asia, but I’d like to do more of that next year."
And he said the Paradise Palms course had satisfied their appetite.
"It’s in really good shape and it’s a fair test. If you’re off your game, you get penalised," he said.
Professionals will now head south for the Tully Pro Am, with current Sunshine Tour Order of Merit leader Luke Marino looking to extend his point lead over Brad Andrews.
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Living the dream: Andrew Kelly in action at the Paradise Palms Pro Am yesterday. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS