Jarryd Felton’s debut victory at 2015 NSW PGA kick starts a new golfing career

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WEST Australian Jarryd Felton has won his first professional title in just his fifth start with a two stroke victory at the NSW PGA Championship.

The 20 year old fired a final round 4-under 68 to claim the event with a 13-under 275 total at the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort in north west Sydney.

The win was even more commendable considering Felton had to pre-qualify for the tournament but has now set up his career at home with exemption onto the PGA Tour of Australasia for the next two years.

“I’m over the moon, walking down the last I didn’t really know what the situation was but I saw the leaderboard and it was quite overwhelming,” Felton said of realising on the 18th he had won by 2 over an impressive group who finished joint runners-up on 11-under.

The runners-up included new US PGA Tour player Rhein Gibson, PGA Tour of Australasia player of the Year Matthew Millar, James Nitties, Anthony Summers and Geoff Drakeford.

“I was really impressed with myself; I stuck to what was best for me,” Felton said. “I started with a birdie and normally I kind of get a little ahead of myself and think hear I go, I can win this tournament. But it was definitely too early to think that and I just kept going along making some birdies and some nice par saves. The birdie on 17 made me feel really good, then walking down 18 was great.”

“The highlight was the 20 footer that I holed on 17 for birdie. I knew I had to coast it down to make par to keep in it, not realising what was going on, to hole it was a bonus.”

“It takes a lot of pressure off, a trip to Q-School was on the cards obviously so it’s taken that extra pressure off, I can plan out my year now so we will go from there.”

The championship was the final event on the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule and a number of players had a lot on the line.

For the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and the final leaderboard see the links below.

NSW PGA Final Scores 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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