Aaron Townsend claims Victorian PGA title
New South Welshman Aaron Townsend has won the Mercedes-Benz Truck & Bus Victorian PGA Championship by one shot over Western Australian Scott Strange.
Starting the day four shots off the lead, Townsend fired a 6-under 66 to finish regulation play on 13-under 275.
Aaron Townsend (Credit: PGA Australia)
Townsend was ecstatic about his win after he holed a bunker shot on the 18th to claim victory, particularly with storm conditions rolling in.
“I played great today, I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” said Townsend.
“5-under through 9 holes and I then made a birdie on 10, so I felt that set me up very well.”
“It’s nice to get a win so early in the season, hopefully I can build on it and maybe play better in some events coming up.”
Townsend’s win gives him a second state PGA Championship title after previously winning the 2009 NSW PGA Championship and prior to this, the 2008 New South Wales Open.
A number of professionals at this week’s tournament noted the conditions of Huntingdale Golf Course, including Townsend, who was nothing but complementary to the conditions of one of the standout courses on the Melbourne sandbelt.
“I’ve always liked the golf course, but now I love the golf course, I’ve just enjoyed every round here this week,” added Townsend.
“It’s been a great week and it’s been so nice to be back.”
Townsend will now head to Queensland to compete in the Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship before heading to New Zealand.
Scott Strange finished his championship campaign one shot behind Townsend recording 5-under 66 to finish on 12-under 276.
Kris Mueck and Ryan Haller finished tied for third on 11-under.