Usually played throughout the year, the events provided PGA Professionals with the opportunity to enjoy a day of competition with their peers following what has been a challenging year for many in the golf industry.
On Wembley Golf Course’s Old Course Gavin Reed posted an impressive round of 5-under 67 to win the PGA Professionals Championship of WA by two strokes over Braden Becker, Scott Barr and Andrew Gott.
Light winds and temperatures of 26 degrees made for perfect scoring conditions for the field of 36 PGA Professionals. After a steady start Reed took advantage on the back-nine, posting three late birdies on holes 16, 17 and 18 to take home the winner’s cheque.
“It was great to be out there playing tournament golf for some money, rather than a friendly game for a bowl of chips,” said Reed post-round.
At Lakelands Golf Club, Victoria Park Golf Complex PGA Professional Darren Weatherall and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia regular Peter Martin recorded a one-stroke victory in the PGA Professionals Championship of QLD/NT.
With scores of 4-under 68 the duo sat atop a stacked field of 56 PGA Professionals. Christopher McCourt, Matthew Rogers and 2019 PGA Legends Tour Order of Merit winner Brad Burns tied for third place at 3-under the card, ahead of a further eight players tied for sixth place at 2-under 70.
“In my second competitive round since leaving the Troppo Tour 9 years ago, I was just happy to be out playing a great track with some fellow PGA mates,” said Weatherall wrote in an Instagram post.
“It’s been a long time between drinks the putter ran hot and I am pleased to say I managed a win at the PGA Professionals Championship of QLD/NT.
“Thanks to all the sponsors, the PGA of Australia and Lakelands Golf Club and congrats to Peter Martin.”
“It has been a difficult year this year with limited playing opportunities due to COVID so it is great to get a good result today,” said Martin, who recorded a 4-under front-nine before a back-nine of even par.
“COVID has changed the way I look at the golf industry and this year I have set up a coaching studio to generate some extra income.
“I’m really enjoying the coaching side of things and it is something I will pursue more as my playing career slows down.”
Long Reef Golf Club PGA Professional Michael Infanti bested a field of 67 Professionals at Castle Hill Country Club to be crowned the PGA Professionals Championship of NSW/ACT champion for 2020 with a round of 2-under 70.
ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia regular Anthony Choat was one of two other Professionals to finish under par at the challenging course, tying for second place alongside Anthony Summers at 1-under 71.
Held on 29 November, the PGA Professionals Championship of Tasmania was won by Luke Hickman at Claremont Golf Club.
Hickman claimed a brilliant four-stroke victory over runner-up Alex Hamilton thanks to rounds of 68 and 65.
The PGA Professionals Championship of SA will take place on 7 December at Grange Golf Club, ahead of the PGA Professionals Championship of Victoria to be held at Sandhurst Club on 14 December.