First year Professional Daniel Gale is full of confidence ahead of the 2018 SP PNG Open after he recorded the biggest win of his career, the Morobe Open at Lae Golf Club last week.
One of the richest events on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series, the win was certainly a welcome cash injection, Gale pocketed over AU $20,000 for his victory, however doesn’t present anything in the way of exemption on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
This week Gale tees it up again in Papua New Guinea, this time in the SP PNG Open at Royal Port Moresby Golf Club. As well as AU $145,000 on offer the winner of the tournament will receive full status on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of 2019.
It would be a perfect start to a burgeoning professional career for the 21-year-old.
“I'm happy with how I played, I put four solid rounds together and mixed it with a seasoned field so to get on top of that, it was definitely a big confidence boost,” said Gale.
“The cash is great but the confidence boost going into this week is even more important, I've just got to keep plodding along."
Gale came out on top at Lae Golf Club against a field of seasoned Tour professionals including Steven Jeffress, Daniel Fox and Damien Jordan who he edged out in a three-hole aggregate playoff.
He said coming out on top against a field of that strength has re-enforced his self belief as a professional capable of competing at a high level.
“The morning of the final round, I did feel a bit nervous. I guess it was more the excitement, I was all pumped up, but once I started my practice routine and got on course I was fine.
“I've been in tight situations like that before and I think it's the experience of putting myself in that position in the past in amateur events definitely paid off last week.
“This is my first year as a professional I turned pro January 1, to get over the line is a huge boost early, I know that I belong now.”
The New South Welshman now has his sights set on competing overseas and what better goal to conquer than to qualify for a major.
“I'm heading over to the U.S. for the U.S. Open local qualifying, I'm a professional golfer now why not give it a shot,” added Gale.
“I feel like I can get through the qualifying stages, I wouldn't enter if I didn't think I could. So I’ve just got to get through the local qualifier which gets you through to sectionals and then that's 36 holes in one day and if you get through that you're in the U.S. Open.
“So that's my plan for about the next month and a half. I’ll go home for a week and then head over there and try to pre-qualify for a few Web.com Tour events.”
The SP PNG Golf Open will be played from 26-29 April at Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea with the field vying for a prize purse of AU$145,000.
The winner will receive Official World Golf Ranking Points and become fully exempt on to the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season plus a further season.
To stay across live scores from Royal Port Moresby Golf Club please visit pga.org.au.
Round one tee times will be available at pga.org.au.
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