Heffernan takes top honours at Final Stage Q-School

Will Heffernan has taken top honours at the Final Stage of the Australasian PGA Tour Q-School at Moonah Links’ Open Course on the Mornington Peninsula.

Heffernan battled strong winds all week before taking advantage of pristine conditions in the final round to post a 2-under 70 for a one shot victory over David Micheluzzi, Aaron Wilkin and John Lyras.

Will Heffernan Will Heffernan (Credit: PGA Australia)

“It feels really good. I played solid all week. I holed some nice putts and just stayed patient out there. It was pretty windy the whole week so I just hung in there,” Heffernan told PGA Australia.

“I knew I had to be steady all day. I made an early birdie then I went pretty quiet for a while, just playing it safe and then made one on the back-nine so I was pretty happy.”

Heffernan now enjoys full exemption into all PGA Tour of Australasia events for the 2021/22 season including the Australian PGA Championship as well as the New Zealand and Australian Opens.

The result will make up for a heartbreaking 2020 where he finished second at the gruelling Asian Tour Q-School only for the schedule to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

“I actually went over to the UK and Italy and played on the Alps Tour,” said Heffernan.

Heffernan’s previous best finish on the Australasian PGA Tour was at the 2019 NT PGA Championship where he finished in a share of 29th.

Players finishing from 2nd to 30th position including ties receive exemption into most events for the 2021/22 season with those finishing higher more likely to get a start.

Those players that finished from 31st to 50th can apply to become Full Tournament Members for the 2021/22 season but will not be automatically given a tournament exemption.