AT least some Aussie golfers had success overseas on the weekend with Scott Hend taking the 2012 Singapore Classic and Luke Bleumink winning in Malaysia.
After bad weather reduced the Asian Tour’s Singapore Classic to 54 holes it was 38-year-old Hend who claimed victory in what was his seventh career title.
“It’s amazing especially to have four weeks off and come back and win. It’s great to see some of the hard work and practice that I’ve put in paying off,” the Queenslander said.
Hend started the final round two shots behind the leader in a tie for fifth with fellow Australian and Asian Tour winner Kieran Pratt.
With a blistering final round six-under-par 64 to take him to a tournament total of 11-under the card Hend had a nervous wait as clubhouse leader with four players eventually finishing one shot behind him.
“It’s sort of like you’re going out and have to wait for your wife to do her hair or something. You’re just sitting around and pacing around and that was what I was feeling then,” Hend said. “I just wanted it to be over and know whether I’ve won or not. Luckily for me, I won.”
Hend has been a dominant force on the Asian Tour since he joined in 2007 where he finished fourth on the Order of Merit matching this again in 2009. His win this week is his second on the Asian Tour adding to his Indonesia President Invitational victory in 2008.
Continuing the Aussie success in Asia was Victorian Luke Bleumink who claimed his first professional victory at the Johor Masters on the Asian Development Tour.
Heading into the fourth and final round as joint leader Bleumink held his nerve to a two shot victory with a seven-under-par 281.
“Obviously, I’m happy to win my first professional title. It was a pretty solid week for me but I didn’t drive the ball as well as I would like to. My putting pulled my game up and I’m glad I hung in there for the win,” said Bleumink.
“This win sets me up nicely for the year ahead. It also shows that I can play well under pressure and the experience will be important for the rest of the season.”
Bleumink turned professional in 2010 playing mostly on the PGA Tour of Australasia where his best performance came in his rookie year when he finished in a share for 12th at the Victorian PGA Championship.
Hend and Bleumink join Kieran Pratt and Nick Cullen as Australian winners in Asia for 2012.