KIWI PRO WATCH: GEARY CLAIMS MACKAY OPEN

14/07/2014

Mount Maunganui professional Josh Geary has overcome difficult conditions and fellow Kiwi Daniel Peace to claim the 2014 Mackay Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

 

The 29-year-old began the final round one shot behind Pearce and was fast out of the blocks as he made birdies on his opening three holes to make the turn in four-under par to earn a two shot lead.

 

He added another birdie at the 10th to extend his lead but then it went awry for the well performed Kiwi professional.

Geary had back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th and another at the 16th which looked to have derailed his title chances.

He rallied with par on 17 and a birdie at the last which was good enough for a 15-under par total to secure a two shot win and his first victory on the Queensland Sunshine Tour.

“I have really enjoyed the past week here in Mackay and it is great to have capped off the week with a win,” said the former Web.Com Tour player.

“This is the first year I have not been living in America and with the weather being cold and miserable back home, I thought it would be a much better idea to fly over to Queensland and play a few events.

“The tournament committee have done a wonderful job this week and if things don’t work out for me at the end of the year at Qualifying Schools, I would only love the chance to return and defend my title.”

Geary’s win in Mackay backed up his impressive win last year at the Western Australian Open which was his first title on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

It continues the momentum he showed in New Zealand at the start of the year where he won the Akarana Open and tied fourth at the Muriwai Open on the Charles Tour.

While he was disappointed to finish runner-up, Pearce was happy with his performance and was looking forward to Rockhampton next week.

“This was a difficult week in a sense, knowing that without a good finish in Mackay, this Pro Am could have possibly been my last for a few weeks. Hopefully I can now take the confidence I have gained this week and try and earn a spot at Yeppoon the following week.”

 

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