Merewether pro-am: Darren Beck tames par fives on way to title

ON FIRE: Darren Beck made a successful return to Merewether, shooting six-under 64 to win the pro-am on Tuesday.
ON FIRE: Darren Beck made a successful return to Merewether, shooting six-under 64 to win the pro-am on Tuesday.

FORMER Asian tour player Darren Beck made light work of the par fives on the way to a six-under 64 to win the $12,000 Merewether Pro-Am on Tuesday.

Beck started on the 10th hole and made the most of favourable morning conditions, reeling off seven birdies, with his only blemish a bogey at the par-four 12.

The Sydneysider, who picked up strokes at each of the four par-fives, finished two strokes ahead of Damien Jordan, Jason King and Toronto’s Callan O’Relly. 

“It was my first time back at Merewether in about 10 years and I hit it really nice,” Beck said. “I managed to get my approach shots close and picked up a lot of easy birdies.”

Belmont and former US PGA Tour member Nick Flanagan finished at three under in a tie or fifth alongside Dale Brandt-Richards.

Lake Macquarie Pro-Am winner Austin Bautista was one of 13 players at even par.

Beck, who finished in a tie for 10th at Belmont on Monday, will play Wyong Wednesday and Waratah Thursday before heading to Perth next week for the Western Australian Open.

The 39-year-old, who spent six years on the Asian tour, was third at the Northern Territory PGA last month and hopes to “finish the year strong”.