Queensland’s Crawford claims NSW Open
Queenslander Adam Crawford has won his first PGA Tour of Australasia event today after clinching the NSW Open Championship at Newcastle Golf Club.
The 36-year-old, who turned professional in 1997, won the NSW Open by a shot in the dying stages this afternoon.
Local amateur Jake Higginbottom shared second place
Entering the clubhouse at 6-under par, Crawford was anticipating a playoff with Paul Donahoo who was likewise at 6-under with one hole to play.
Donahoo however bogeyed the 18th and handed the trophy to a surprised but ecstatic Crawford.
“I thought getting into a playoff would be great, but to win is just awesome,” said Crawford who earlier in the week predicted the winning score to be in the double figures.
“I’m surprised to be the winner at 6 under, it just goes to show how great a course this is.”
“I think us pros will be talking about this course for a while.”
Despite his bogey on 18, part-time pro Donahoo finished in a share of second at 5-under alongside Anthony Summers and local teenage amateur Jake Higginbottom.
Higginbottom, who also finished inside the top 50 in last week’s Emirates Australian Open, proved again this week he is destined to be a name of the future after such a great showing in his rookie Tour year.
“The last two weeks have been an awesome experience, unfortunately I just didn’t make putts this week,” said Higginbottom.
New Zealander Mahal Pearce finished in outright fifth at 2-under par while Peter Nolan and James Nitties finished a further shot back at 1-under par.
In total only seven players finished under par for the tournament, the Newcastle Golf Club Course proving a formidable opponent in this its first year as host of the NSW Open.
The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads to the Hyatt Regency Coolum for the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola which will tee off on Thursday 24th.
Source – PGA Australia