Anthony Houston has secured his season on the PGA Tour of Australasia winning the Final Stage Qualifying School presented by Cobra Puma Golf at Sandhurst Golf Club.
Entering the final day three shots behind overnight leader, Callan O'Reilly, Houston fired an impressive 8-under 64 to finish on 17-under to record a four shot victory over fellow Victorian and second round leader, Jack Wilson, and Queenslander, Taylor Macdonald.
Houston opened his round steady making par on his opening hole before a hot run with the putter saw the Victorian add five birdies in six holes to his card in a round that produced seven birdies, one eagle and a lone bogey on the 11th par three.
"It's the first event I've won as a Pro, even though it's Q-School it's still a good feeling."
"I went to China Q-School last week and missed out and came home feeling pretty down on myself.
"Jack and Callan had been playing really well all week and I'd assumed they'd be three or four under, so I just kept trying to push and push and not stall. They are tough holes coming in an I just had to hit good shots."
"I think it helped not having any expectations, I just went out and played as good as I could."
With this first place finish Houston receives Tournament Exemption Category 7 (a) on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the duration of the 2016 season. His first tournament for the season will be the Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links next month.
A playoff determined positions second to fifth, with Jack Wilson (13-under) Taylor Macdonald (13-under), Matthew Giles (11-under) and Chris Gaunt (11-under) rounding out the top five.
Players ranked two to five will be placed in Exemption Category 10 for the duration of the 2016 season. Those in this category are expected to gain a start in all State Based Championships as well as having a strong chance in gaining a start in a number of the tier one tournaments.
Those players ranked six to 40 will be placed in Exemption Category 13 for the duration of the 2016 season.
In addition to a Tour card, the three top performing players earn an equipment and monetary contract from Cobra Puma Golf, joining the likes of Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt and Graham Delaet as Cobra Puma Golf ambassadors.
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