With a final round of 4-under 68, NSW Trainee Brayden Petersen has taken out the 2019 Altitude Wealth Solutions QLD PGA Trainee Championship by three shots at the Windaroo Lakes Golf Club.
Starting the day five shots behind 2018 champion Cooper Eccleston, the Asquith Golf Club PGA Trainee got off to a fantastic start with birdies on his 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th holes and found himself tied with overnight leader Cooper Eccleston at the turn.
After a bogey on the 11th hole from Eccleston, remarkably Petersen found himself in the outright lead after trailing Eccleston for the opening three rounds.
Following a slight hiccup on the 14th hole where he found the water and subsequent bogey he was never challenged, eventually taking the Carnegie Clark Cup by three shots.
“Although I knew it was nearly impossible to catch Cooper, deep down I thought if I could post a score and apply some pressure anything could happen,” said Petersen.
“The big difference today was my putter as the previous three days I played really well but could not hole anything. Today I did.
“It’s almost a relief today as I have finished second in my last three big events at the Victoria Trainee Championships, NSW Trainee Championships as well the Rich River event. I also finished third in this event last year.”
After completing his Traineeship Petersen is hoping to try his luck in the professional ranks with Japan first up on his radar.
Also shooting a 68 and flying into second place was QLD PGA Trainee Dean Jamieson from the Hills Golf Club, based in the City of Logan.
“I am really happy with this result,” said Jamieson.
“I have been thereabouts in four round championship events before but have struggled to finish them off. Today I had a great last round including four under par on my final nine which is really pleasing albeit a 77 in round one was disappointing.
“Continuing to learn from these events is my priority and hopefully I will win one soon.”
Finishing a further shot back in third place was Victorian PGA Trainee Lachlan Kenny shooting a round of 2-over 70 and Queensland PGA Trainee and overnight leader Cooper Eccleston who had a disappointing final round of 5-over 77.
Low round of the day went to NSW PGA Trainee Andrew Brennan who had a 5-under 67, making up many positions to finish in a tie for 10th.
However, for the second day in a row, the highlight was provided via another Hole-In-One, this time from South Australian PGA Trainee Connor Chant who holed out on the 162m 15th hole.
For Petersen’s victory not only will he earn the winners cheque of $6,300 but also exemption into the 2020 Coca Cola QLD PGA Championship.
PGA Trainees will now return to their respective states to resume regular PGA Trainee events and ongoing education requirements before reconvening at Riverside Oaks Golf Club for the NSW/ACT PGA Trainee Championship in August.
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