Fowler goes back to back in SA
Friday, 4 May 2012
A blistering final round of 66 was enough for Peter Fowler to win his second straight Swanbury Penglase South Australian PGA Championship at Adelaide Shores with a two round total of 135 (-9) and a four shot victory.
With 10 players within three shots of overnight leader Rodger Davis, there was sure to be challenges thrown out throughout the day and the first player to make a move was Kym Olsen, the Victorian who only joined the tour in January this year shot a solid 68 that included five birdies and the solitary bogie for a 36 hole total of 141 (-3)
Gary Schofield then posted a four-under total of 140. Schofield had a second round 69 that could have been much better were it not for a triple bogie seven on the tough 14th hole. This left Schofield in outright fourth place one shot behind European Senior Tour regular David Merriman (70&69) and PGA Tour of Australasia Rules Official and part time player Russell Swanson (71&68).
Tied 2nd was certainly a great result for Swanson considering the long summer of golf he has had officiating in the major tournaments and with little competitive golf under his belt, the result is sure to ignite the competitive instincts which will hopefully see the likeable left hander play more regularly on the E-Z-Go Legends Tour.
But it was Fowler who could not be denied and after four birdies on the opening nine, followed by a fifth at the 10th hole to go to five-under for the day and eight for the tournament, the last eight holes were only a matter of keeping the ball in play. His nine-under total combined with an 11-under total and five shot victory in 2011 leaves Fowler now an impressive 20-under par and has a combined winning margin of nine shots.
“I played really well today and when I was in a bit of trouble I was able to rescue the situation. I made a great up and down on the 8th to save par and consolidate my good start, I then followed that with two straight birdies and that obviously put me into a strong position. I am very pleased to defend my title and must thank the sponsors Swanbury Penglase, along with Adelaide Shores and Pete Ormsby for all his hard work in putting together this event”
The E-Z-Go Legends tour now takes a break until the Surfers Paradise Legends Pro-Am at Surfers Paradise Golf Club on the 23rd July.