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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 176
CONTACT +64 9 917 1588 OR SELECTED PRO SHOPS AND STOCKISTS WWW.ONCOREGOLFOCEANIA.COM FELTON TAKES NSW PGA TITLE A KILLER birdie putt on the 71st hole lifted rookie West Australian pro Jarryd Felton to the New South Wales PGA Championship at Riverside Oaks’ Bungool course on Sunday. The last event of the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia went down the wire with Felton eclipsing the quintet of James Nitties, Anthony Summers, Matthew Millar, Geoff Drakeford and Rhein Gibson by two strokes at 13-under. It’s 20-year-old Felton’s first victory in just his fifth start as a professional – and came after he survived pre-qualifying just to enter the NSW PGA field. He now enjoys the luxury of a two-year exemption on the local tour. The rookie maintained his composure by not looking at leaderboards until the final green, by which time he held that two-stroke advantage, courtesy of a 20-footer that feel unexpectedly a hole earlier. “I’m over the moon,” Felton said. “Walking down the last I didn’t really know what the situation was but I saw the leaderboard and it was quite overwhelming. “I was really impressed with myself; I stuck to what was best for me. I started with a birdie and normally I kind of get a little ahead of myself and think, ‘Here I go, I can win this tournament.’ But it was definitely too early to think that and I just kept going along making some birdies and some nice par saves. The birdie on 17 made me feel really good, then walking down 18 was great. “The highlight was the 20-footer that I holed on 17 for birdie. I knew I had to coast it down to make par to keep in it, not realising what was going on. To hole it was a bonus.” The win sets up Felton to play with freedom on his home circuit for the next two years. “It takes a lot of pressure off,” he said. “A trip to Q-school was on the cards obviously, so it’s taken that extra pressure off. I can plan out my year now so we will go from there.” The final event of the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia also officially crowned Australian PGA champion Nathan Holman as the Order or Merit winner. He banked $346,701 for the year, beating second-placed Jordan Zunic ($204,387) by $142,000. Millar, with $177,421, was third among those players who contested the minimum three events. TRAPS AROUND the
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