Amazing consistency in 2017 saw Victorian Peter Wilson take out the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series National Order of Merit.
Missing the money only twice in 32 pro-ams, which included six victories and 11 top-10 finishes, ensured Wilson claimed the national honours at the recent Greater Shepparton Masters, the last event of the 2017 season.
The battle for the Ladbrokes Pro-Am National Order of Merit was all set for a dramatic finish. Wilson held a lead of just over $1,000 over second placed Dale Brandt-Richards heading into the final two events of the year in Albury and Shepparton. Brandt-Richards also enjoyed a good year taking out the NSW Order of Merit on the back of a win in the Magenta Shores Pro-Am in November.
For only the second time all year Wilson missed a cheque in Albury, but with Brandt-Richards doing the same he maintained his lead heading to the final event, the Greater Shepparton Masters.
Wilson shot a 5-under 67 to take a three shot lead over Brandt-Richards heading into the second and final day at Numurkah. Consistency again proved to be Wilson's greatest asset; with an even par round he finished the tournament tied for 15th extending his lead over Brandt-Richards to win the National Order of Merit title.
Wilson’s year was highlighted by a stellar run in February and March. It began with a win at The Sand Classic in Torquay which he followed up with a second place finish amongst a strong field at The Eynesbury Masters.
Backing up this good start with a third place finish at Flinders and a second placed finish at Rosebud, Wilson went on to string together three wins in a row at Lang Lang, Yarram and Traralgon.
However the highlight of the year was the look on Yarram Golf Club Captain Danny Dwyer’s face during Wilson's acceptance speech.
Wilson was so amazed by the conditioning of the, volunteer maintained, South Gippsland course that he decided to help them by donating a Toro fairway mower that he no longer had a use for on his Nyora property.
Valued at over $8,500 this was a piece of machinery the club could simply not afford to purchase and would go a long way to keeping up the outstanding condition of the course.
Wilson will begin his 2018 at the Maddie’s Day on the Purple Pro-Am at Clifton Springs in January.
The event is a major fundraiser for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision a foundation set up by ex-St Kilda Football Club Captain Nick Riewoldt in honour of his sister Maddie who lost her battle with Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome in 2015.
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