Inside Golf : Inside Golf January 2015
news www.insidegolf.com.au | January 2015 7 Greg Chalmers, Brett Rumford and Rod Pampling. (Courtesy of The R&A) Tighe takes NSW PGA New South Welshman Lincoln Tighe reigned victorious at the Nanshan NSW PGA Championship at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort. Starting the final day five shots off the lead, Tighe fired an impressive 7-under 64 for a tournament total of 19-under 265 to claim his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Tighe hovered around the lead all day until a birdie on the 17th saw him sit atop the leaderboard with one hole to play. “I was hitting it unreal, stumping everything to inside 10 feet, I let a few slide, but it was good to knock that one in on 17 that was a real turning point.” A nervous wait ensued as Tighe watched Scott Arnold miss a two-metre birdie putt which would have seen the pair in a playoff. “I was big time nervous; it’s the first time I have been in this situation. I was sweating out there on the range, I had to put some music on to calm me down,” said Tighe. “I am a very proud New South Wales boy and it’s good to win the NSW PGA.” With this win Tighe earns AUS$16,500, Official World Rankings Points and most importantly his PGA Tour of Australasia card until 2016. “Thisishugefor me, I was actually going back to first stage Tour School,” said Tighe. “I didn’t want to go back for the fourth year in a row, its heart attack central out there.” Scott Arnold finished outright second on 18-under the card with Kristopher Mueck and leading amateur Troy Moses four shots back tied third. 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With rounds of 72, 71, 68, 66 and 73 at LPGA International, Hills and Jones courses, the talented 18-year-old from Perth finished atop the leaderboard at 10-under-par, along with American amateur Alison Lee. The players who finished 1st to 20th at the end of the 90- hole tournament received a “full” card (Category 12), while players who finished 21st to 45th received a “conditional” card (Category 17). NSW’s Emma de Groot finished tied 35th at even-par and will be teeing it up on the LPGA in 2015 after playing on the Symetra Tour for the last few years. It was heartbreak for Perth golfer, Jayde Panos, who finished one shot outside the top 45, she finished tied for 46th at two-over-par. Panos, along with Victorian Su Oh, who finished tied 70th, to have status on the 2015 Symetra Tour. Lee captures card at LPGA Q-School FIVE Australians made the most of the Open Qualifying Series last month, earning spots in the 144th Open at St Andrews from 12-19 July. Rod Pampling, Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers grabbed the first three spots via solid finishes at the Emirates Australian Open, while Marcus Fraser and Scott Hend punched their tickets to Scotland at the Thailand Golf Championship. Pampling finished on a seven-under-par total of 277 in second place, behind winner Jordan Spieth. The 45-year- old Queenslander has made seven appearances in The Open with his best finish being tied 27th at Royal Troon in 2004 and again at Carnoustie in 2007. “It’s fantastic to qualify. I have been there a few times so I am really looking forward to having that experience and getting out there. I love links and I am definitely looking forward to it,” said Pampling. 37-year-old Rumford birdied the final hole to finish with a one-under-par round of 70. The five-time winner on the European Tour, who hails from Perth, finished tied 16th in The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and will make his fifth appearance. “It’s of huge significance that it’s at St Andrews. I know St Andrews well through the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship but obviously an Open there is a little bit different,” he said. Chalmers finished with a level par round of 71. The 41-year- old will make his third appearance at The Open. His best finish was tied 45th at Royal Lytham in 2012. “I’m really excited for me and my family,” Chalmers said. “I will take everybody over to go to St Andrews. I’m really proud of myself and very pleased to earn this spot in The Open.” A missed putt on the 72nd hole in Thailand cost Fraser a chance at a playoff against winner Lee Westwood, but a T2 finish earned his Open berth, joining Hend, who finished fifth. St Andrews holds special memories for the duo, as the 2005 staging of the Open there marked Fraser’s first Major, and the first (and only) Open to date for Hend.
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