After 14 years playing on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Andrew Tschudin has today claimed his first Australian title at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship.
With a final round of 6-under 64 Tschudin snatched victory in the tournament that was reduced to 54 holes due to persistent heavy rain over the last few days.
After lengthy delays yesterday and again this morning, the field wasted no time in getting back to business once play recommenced at 12.30pm this afternoon.
With birdies falling all over the golf course it was Tschudin however that capitalised, second round leader Andrew Martin unable to hole his chip on the 18th to force a playoff.
Martin finished in equal second position alongside Brody Ninyette at 1-under par who likewise had the opportunity to take the title from early clubhouse leader Tschudin.
In only his fourth professional event 24 year old Ninyette looked to have the title wrapped up before a double bogey on the 18th knocked him out of contention.
Regardless, the result is the young West Australian’s best result so far on the PGA Tour of Australasia with more opportunities sure to present in the future.
A fast finishing Rohan Blizard shot a third round of 7-under 63 to finish in a share of fourth position at 8-under alongside Terry Pilkadaris, leading amateur Cameron Smith, Hamish Robertson, Ryan Haller and Paul Hayden.
Ashley Hall rounded out the top 10 finishing at 7-under par.
For Tschudin however the $17,250 first place prize along with all important World Golf Ranking points are just two of the many benefits he will reap from a turbulent but rewarding week in Toowoomba.
“It isn’t just about the $17,250 it is also about proving to myself that I could get the job done down the stretch and therefore if I get in a similar position in a OneAsia Tour Event etc, I can be confident that I can produce the same result,” he said.
“My Mum and Dad flew up during the week to catch up with me and my partner and because of the rain, left earlier today. They are certainly disappointed that they didn’t stick around to see me get over the line for the first time in Australia.”
In finalising the event PGA Tour of Australasia officials praised the efforts of course Superintendent John Halter and his green staff at City Golf Club whose hard work ensured the tournament could be completed despite such lengthy weather delays.
In support Tschudin added:
“It was amazing that we even got out there today given the rain, and full credit has to go to the ground staff for their commitment to preparing the course the way they did.”
The PGA Tour of Australasia now takes a couple of weeks off before heading to The Hills Golf Course in New Zealand for the inaugural staging of the NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship from March 29.