File photo David Tease Golf NSW

New South Wales golfer, Austin Bautista, has finished 7th at the Austrian Open near Vienna, the 24-year old taking full advantage of an invite to play the European Tour event.

Bautista, who has status on Canada’s McKenzie Tour in 2021, recovered from disappointing opening round of 74 on Thursday, playing impressive golf over his closing 54 holes and although he finished seven shots from the playoff between John Catlin (winner) and Maximillian Kieffer, it was nonetheless an impressive effort in just his second European Tour event.

Bautista is currently ranked outside the top 1800 in the world so this represents a significant performance for the NSW/USA raised golfer, his career thus far limited to the occasional Korn Ferry Tour event and Pay for Play events in the US along with several PGA Tour of Australasia appearances.

The Bonnie Doon Golf Club member and former NSW Amateur Champion earns €20,000 euro which will no doubt assist as he looks to play more events in Europe ahead of a McKenzie Tour schedule.

Courtesy of his top ten finish this week the Bonnie Doon golfer earns a start in the European Tour’s Gran Canaria Lopesan Open in Spain starting Thursday.

Gold Coast based Victorian Deyen Lawson finished 33rd.