Blasting out of trouble

Tweed golfer Ben Gazel, 24, came within a whisker of winning yesterday's 53rd Twin Towns Championship at his home club.

Gazel, who shot a four-under-par 139 for the 36-hole tournament (rounds of 70 and 69), came second to top Queensland amateur Ben Pisani, of Brisbane, who won by one shot.

Playing in the same group, Pisani shot a birdie on the final hole, while Gazel's birdie attempt hit the cup before rolling agonisingly away.

Coolangatta-Tweed Golf Club captain Rod Macleod said the standard of play for the one-day comp, where golfers played the club's two courses, was excellent.

"Ben (recently) recovered from a serious illness earlier in the year and his was a fine effort," Macleod said.

"Pisani is a good player, who has had a great amateur career."

Previous winners of the tournament, which is considered the top amateur competition on the Gold Coast, include Greg Norman and Scott Gardiner.

This year's competition attracted a quality field of 127 golfers with the best amateur players from NSW and Queensland competing.

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