Kiwi Josh Geary wins WA Open

New Zealand’s Josh Geary has won the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship played at Mount Lawley Golf Club.

A dominant final round of 7-under 65, saw Geary claim the title by five shots over Victorian Kris Mueck.

Josh Geary Josh Geary holds the 2013 WA Open trophy (Credit: PGA Australia)

“I set out there with high hopes and played great all day. I kept within myself and managed to finish it off quite nicely,” said Geary who finished with a tournament total of 15-under 273.

“I was pretty relaxed, I tried to stay calm and not let the outside influences affect what I was doing.”

“You always want to have the battle on the final day. But it’s nice to know I had it somewhat sown up if I played within myself.”

Geary’s first win on the PGA Tour of Australasia sees him join an impressive honour roll of past WA Open champions including Gary Player, Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Brett Rumford and Stephen Leaney.

“It has been six or seven years now that I have been trying for a win,” said Geary.

“The highest hurdle is the first one. Now I have broken through I should be good for the near future.”

With this win he earns a start in next week’s ISPS HANDA Perth International and secures his Tour card for the remainder of this season and 2014.

“This means a lot right now, especially with my status,” added Geary who attend PGA Tour of Australasia qualifying school earlier this year.

“It means I get a start next week which I wouldn’t have had. It also assures me starts all summer.”

“It is huge from my career point of view.”

Geary came into the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship in good form having won in his home country as well as finishing T20 at the WA Goldfields PGA Championship last week.

“I have been hitting it well and putting great. My head is in a good place to I think I am ready for another couple of wins.”

Overnight leader, 23-year-old Victorian Kris Mueck, says he is happy with his second place finish and is looking forward to the rest of the summer of golf.

“I was nervous early on and I am relieved to be finished. But I am really proud of my back nine,” said Mueck who birdied the last to take outright second.

“I was out here to win but Josh had 7-under. He played unbelievable golf; he barely missed a shot which is a credit to him.”

Finishing at 9-under the card, Victorian Nathan Holman finished outright third in just his second Professional tournament.

Rounding out the top-5 on 8-under 280 were Peter O’Malley (NSW), Kim Felton (WA) and Steve Jones (VIC).

The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads up the road to Lake Karrinyup Country Club for Australia’s richest golf tournament the ISPS HANDA Perth International.