Steve Bowditch wins rain-abandoned QLD Open

BY | Von Nida Tour | 2004 Queensland Open | Wrap | 07 Nov 2004
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New Queensland Open champion Steve Bowditch had no fear of the wet conditions that brought the $105,000 Von Nida Tour event to an abrupt end at Ipswich Golf Club today.

Bowditch’s 54-hole total of 18-under, 198 ended up being the winning score, with overnight storms and today’s persistent rain leaving the course unplayable.

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Two attempts were made to play the full 72 holes, but by noon tournament organisers decided enough was enough and called players in for the final time.

Bowditch, 21, won by five shots from three players – Richard Ball, Brad MacIntosh and Nigel Spence.

The leading amateur was Adam Blyth, whose 11-under effort was one stroke better than the 206 three-round totals of Jason Day and Andrew Dodt.

Noosa’s Bowditch was delighted to have won for the first time as professional, but said he would have preferred to have earnt the Open title over four rounds.

“I really wanted to get out there and finish it off. I thought I was playing really well this week and I really wanted to get in the 20s somewhere,” he said.

“It ended up being a 54-hole tournament, but at the end of the day I’ve ended up winning by five shots, which is fantastic. I thought it would have been easier for me in the wet because I hit the ball a lot higher, so there’s going to be no run out there. It’s going to hit and drop.”

“I’ve spent the last couple of years in Europe so I’ve played in a lot of different conditions, so it wasn’t fazing me too much.”

Bowditch’s win has earnt him a spot in Australian Open, giving a full run of events until Christmas.

“It takes a bit of pressure off, knowing you can turn up and get into the tournament,” he said.

Bowditch dedicated today’s win to his grandmother, who passed away a week ago.

Ball would have liked to applied some pressure today but said Bowditch was a worthy winner. Spence said was delighted for his close friend Bowditch and hoped to go one better next year after three successive top 10 Open finishes.

The wet conditions have forced the cancellation of tomorrow’s Queensland PGA junior pro-am at Emerald Lakes. Tomorrow night’s shootout has been postponed until Saturday night.

Source – QGU

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