Gold Coast resident Deyen Lawson has claimed a dominant win at the GC Celebrity Pro-Am, storming home to finish four shots clear of the field.
Taking a two shot lead into today’s final round, Lawson consolidated his lead early in the afternoon to finish with rounds of 64 and 66 for a tournament total of 14-under 130.
A birdie on his opening hole followed by an eagle on the 5th increased the momentum for the European Tour player.
“That sort of got me going,” said Lawson of the eagle. “I was very happy to get that one and take the lead by a little.”
“I started pretty solid. It was actually a little windy early but I played quite solid for the first five or six holes.
“On the 12th hole I lost a ball and then made a really good birdie with the second ball which kept the momentum going. I shot par on last few but it was a pretty strong finish playing through 17, 18 and 1.
“I was happy with the solid pars coming in and a birdie at the par-5 16th. I hit one to about 10-feet and had a good run at eagle so I was very happy with the finish.”
A win at the richest pro-am on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series is exciting for Lawson who was pleased with the victory especially when going up against some of Australia’s best.
“Winning at any level helps and to win the richest pro-am in Australia is massive,” added Lawson.
“The field was really good. You see the names out there with European Tour and major winners in the field so to finish on top is massive for the confidence.”
With a few weeks remaining before he returns to the European Tour, the hard work is not over yet with Lawson’s long-term coach, PGA Professional Darrell Brown joining him on the course before practice begins on Saturday.
“Browny came up last night,” Lawson continued. “It was planned a little while ago because I’m going over to Europe for quite a while so I’m going to practice all day tomorrow believe it or not.”
“It’s good to have my coach here. He’s put in a lot of time and the team I have with Ali (his partner) and Browny and a few others, it’s been a great help.
“He’s been my coach since I was 17 so it’s been 11 years now. He’s put up with me that long which is impressive itself.”
Dry but windy conditions greeted players in the afternoon field at Lakelands Golf Club with a dryer course bettering the playing conditions.
“The course is playing really well and I just played pretty steady,” he said. “It was predicted to rain during the tournament but there wasn’t any thankfully.”
“It was a little bit blowy so it was tough to judge the wind in spots but the tough holes I played to the middle of the greens and was a bit more conservative with the wind gusting a little bit.”
Queensland school teacher Michael Wright also held his overnight position, finishing in a tie for second place alongside Jake Higginbottom with a final score of 10-under 134.
Higginbottom and Lawson’s scores of 6-under were the best of the day, with Matthew Millar joining them late in the final round to move up the field.
Lakeland Golf Club’s own Michael Sim claimed fourth place at 9-under 135 while Millar rounded out the top-5 on 8-under 136.
Lawson thanked host and PGA Life Member Wayne Grady on behalf of the field for two fantastic days of golf in support of Ashton’s Place.
“Wayne and his team run a very good event and obviously the charity, Ashton’s Place, what they do is really fantastic,” said Lawson.
The Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series next heads to China for the 2019 Hainan Island Pro-Am from 7-9 April, 2019.
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