Bowditch takes NSW PGA Title in Style
BY Anthony Powter | Australasian PGA Tour | 2010 New South Wales PGA Championship | Wrap | 22 Nov 2010
Steven Bowditch has taken out the 2010 NSW PGA Championship by two shots over New Zealander Gareth Paddison at Wollongong Golf Club.
Bowditch fired rounds of 64-68-64-67 to finish at 17-under-par and secure his second title for 2010 following his win on the Nationwide Tour at the Soboba Classic in October where he became the only Australian this season to graduate from that tour to the main US PGA tour.
Bowditch last played the PGA Tour in 2006 within minimal success. The last three years have reflected a work in process with the Newcastle native resurrecting his career by doing the hard yards on various foundation tours locally, as well as focusing on the Nationwide Tour.
Back in 2009, Bowditch secured several solid finishes on the Nationwide Tour, returning to Australia to play before another Tour School attempt later in the year. He was unable to progress at the time to the PGA Tour and returned to the Nationwide Tour for 2010.
Bowditch’s form during 2010 has been similar to a roller coaster ride with peaks and lows which has characterised his game in recent times, yet when Bowditch gets a hold of a lead in a tournament he rarely lets it go, as illustrated this week in Wollongong where he took a two stroke lead into the final round after opening with a 64 last Thursday, having never looked back since.
Today’s win in Wollongong gives the 27-year-old Bowditch plenty of confidence moving into the main forthcoming Australasian Tour events with the Australian Open at The Lakes in a fortnight and the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum the week after.
Bowditch also confirmed this afternoon that he’ll play next week’s NSW Open at The Vintage in the Hunter Valley.
Damon Welsford finished in 3rd position at 12-under-par after local favourite, Brad McIntosh, closed with a nine on the par-5 18th final hole after holding third position for the best part of the day. McIntosh’s final hole implosion was costly, not just in prize money lost in this event, but his standing on the Australasian Tour ranking which may see him returning to tour school in order to re-gain playing privileges in Australia.
Matthew Millar finished at 11-under-par for 4th position, a stroke ahead of promising young-gun and rookie professional, Kieran Pratt.
This was Pratt’s second professional event and with two cuts made from two starts, including that memorable round with Tiger Woods at the JBWere Masters, Australia’s former top-amateur’s career in the paid ranks has got off to a sizzling start.
Full credit is to be given to Bowditch winning this title in front of a partisan crowd that wanted to see their local boy McIntosh prevail. Not only did Bowditch hold his composure during this four round tournament, he closed the event in style that was evident by his power, poise and calmness when others faulted under the pressure.