Blake Windred – all smiles after his breakthrough win – photo PGA of Australia
24 year old NSW’s professional, Blake Windred, is in just his second year as a professional golfer but in that time in the paid ranks he had already given plenty of indication that he would be a force to be reckoned with.
Playing on the European Challenge Tour in 2021, the former Australian Eisenhower representative has missed only one cut and recorded three top tens including a runner-up finish at an event in Spain in 21 starts in 2021, so there has been plenty of evidence to suggest a first win as a professional was not far away.
Today, he was able to confirm those predictions with a breakthrough win at the Victorian PGA Championship at the Moonah Links Resort defeating last year’s PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit winner, Brad Kennedy by one shot.
Windred earned $24,750 for his victory and takes an early lead in the new Order of Merit.
The final round over the Open course at Moonah Links on the Mornington Peninsula today, turned into a tense battle where as many as half a dozen players were genuine chance to take the title.
Windred though would hole a pitch from 15 metres short of the green at the par 4 14th hole and when he birdied the 15th he was two ahead of Kennedy.
Winning at any stage is never easy, especially when chasing a first title, and after taking bogey at the 16th, Windred was forced to save par at the final two holes, once with a lengthy two putt for par at the 17th and a up and down to save par at the last to hold off Kennedy.
Kennedy missed the cut when he played an event at Moonah Links earlier in the year but with his last four events being either majors, a world championship or a European Tour event, this was a level below those he has been competing against of late.
The consistent 47 year old Queenslander has made yet another good start to a PGA Tour of Australasian season and will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the months ahead.