New South Welshman, Darren Beck, has won his first PGA Tour of Australasia event with a two-shot victory over long-time leader, Jarryd Felton, at the WA PGA Championship at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course in Kalgoorlie.
Beck’s final round of 69 was enough to edge him one clear of joint 54-hole leader, Felton, with Gold Coast based West Australian, Michael Sim, another two shots back and alone in in 3rd place.
Beck, whose only other victories as a professional came when winning an event on the Asian Tour in Brunei ten years ago and two events on the then Von Nida Tour earlier, surprised many with his bounce-back from an opening nine of 39 to record a final nine of 30 to edge clear of Felton.
“It feels great. It was a little nerve-wracking five or six holes in,” Beck said.
“There was a big change in scores. I birdied the 12th (hole) and Felts (Jarryd Felton) bogeyed so it quickly turned round. I thought I was playing for second for a while there.
“It just feels good to keep it together and finish the way I did. The putter was just unbelievable so I can’t explain how good that felt.”
Felton had been in or near the lead throughout but the Perth golfer was unable to hold out Beck, 17 years his senior.
Sim, one of the stars of the Nationwide Tour in 2009 when wining three times and playing his way to the PGA Tour, produced a final round of 67 to grab third place ahead of NSW’s golfer Robert Hogan.
New South Wales golfer, Blake Windred, who turned professional this week, impressed by finishing 8th in his debut in professional golf.