07 Jan 2013
Troy Cox from New South Wales has won the 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School played at Peninsula Country Golf Club.
Shooting an 11-under 277, Cox has earned himself a full Tour card for the 2013 season as well as a $4000 pay cheque.
New South Wales amateur Dimi Papadatos and South Australian amateur Tom Bond also earnt full PGA Tour Australasia membership.
“My game sort of fell apart toward the end of today, I haven’t been in that situation for about 15 years,” Cox said.
“So I am rapt, I came to Tour School just wanting to get through but to win it, is just fabulous”
“It’s going to make it a lot easier not having to go through pre-qualifying so hopefully I can perform in the Aussie Open and those sorts of tournaments to keep my card.”
Finishing a further three shots back was Queenslander Steve Jeffress who has been a regular on the PGA Tour of Australasia for more than 10 years.
The aim for players this week was a top-10 finish; this will earn them starts into all tournaments on the 2013 schedule including the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, Emirates Australian Open, Australian Masters and the Perth International.
As well as Cox and Jeffress, players to have finished inside the mark were; Neven Basic (NSW), John Wade (VIC), Brett Rankin (QLD), Grant Scott (NSW), Brad Lamb (VIC), Leigh Deagan (VIC), Dimi Papadatos (NSW) and Tom Bond (SA).
Other players to have earned status on the PGA Tour of Australasia for 2013 are former PGA TOUR winner Phil Tataurangi, 1998 Australian Master Champion Bradley Hughes and New Zealand’s Josh Geary.
Also making it onto the Tour in 2013 is 16 year old Kota Kagasaki who, at the age of 13, played an exhibition match against Tiger Woods in Japan.
Turning Professional last year, Kagasaki missed his 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia card but spent the year competing on the Canadian Tour.