Jordan Zunic wins Tasmanian Open

Jordan Zunic claimed his first national trial event title with a two stroke win at the Tasmania Open at the Country Club on Sunday.

Zunic, who was runner-up to Nathan Holman at the 2012 Mandurah Open and has recorded nine top-10 finishes in the last twelve month in main amateur events, fired rounds of 70-69-67-65 to finish at 13-under, with Daniel Hoeve runner-up at 11-under.

Jordan Zunic Jordan Zunic (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“It was nice to finally get a win,” said Zunic, ranked 39th in the world amateur rankings.

“I have been runner-up a few times and have recorded numerous top-10′s, but this week I felt mentally solid and took each hole at a time. This was six year’s in the making and is a big achievement for me.”

Zunic is a prolific worker of the game. For a number of years he’s fine tuned his game under the watchful eye of Warwick Drews and Matt Howe.

Zunic has won a number of junior events, including the 2010 NSW Junior Boys Championship, yet it was at the 2012 Australian Amateur where he came onto the main amateur scene, reaching the semi-finals after accounting for Geoff Drakeford and Ben Holis in earlier rounds before Daniel Nisbet ended Zunic’s run.

Zunic then followed the Australian Amateur with reaching the top-32 at the British Amateur championship and continues to go from strength to strength.

“Hopefully, this will lead to more wins,” said Zunic.

“I have always felt I could win a national trial event and having been so close before, I knew the first time that I went out there and shot four sub-par rounds that I would win. I did exactly that in this event.”

The win is also timely for Zunic with the prized Riversdale Cup in Melbourne less than a fortnight away.

“My confidence is right back,” says Zunic who also recorded top-10 finishes at last year’s Scottish Open and St Andrews Links Championship.

“I feel like I am playing the most solid golf that I ever have played. I will have this week to work on a few things and are looking forward to Riversdale.”

France’s Teremoana Beaucousin and South Australia’s Christopher Brown finished in a tie for third position at 8-under with Queensland’s Cory Crawford in fifth position at 7-under.

Defending champion, Ricki Kato finished in a tie for 14th position at 5-over-par.