Felton takes Jeep Final
BY PGA of Australia | 02 Dec 2012
After an exciting finish to the 2012 Australian Jeep Tour, Kim Felton has produced a final round three under par 69 around the RACV Royal Pines Resort to take out the Inaugural Jeep Tour Final and book a ticket to a Qualifying School of choice at the end of next season.
Felton finished on a total of 10 under to finish two shots ahead of Steven Jeffress. Daniel Fox, Andrew Kelly, Steven Jones and Leigh McKechnie all finished in a tie for third at seven under, while Brad Andrews finished a further two shots behind in outright eighth.
Winning the Jeep Final was far from Felton’s mind when he teed it up at the opening Jeep Tour event back in May at Moonah Links. Unfortunately for Felton he was disqualified from that event during the first round after realising he was using an illegal measuring device.
“The game of golf is an amazing game and it certainly takes many touring professionals on the ride of their life," said Felton. "It is great to have taken out the Inaugural Jeep Tour Final and it is exciting to now have the opportunity to regain a playing card in the US or even try my luck at the European Qualifying School late next year. I won’t make my decision for a little while, but the win at the Jeep Final this week has certainly opened up doors that may not have been achievable at the start of the week.”
Although Jeffress would finish two strokes shy of Felton, the combination he shared with amateur partner Paul Elliot will now see him also have the opportunity to tackle an International Qualifying School in 2013. Jeffress and Elliot finished on a four round total of 247 to finish six shots ahead of Euan Walters and Socceroos’s star Harry Kewell to secure the win. “This win really does mean the world to me and will give me the opportunity to again further my career on the International stage," said Jeffress. “Jeep have done an amazing job with the Jeep Tour in its inaugural year and I really need to say thank you to Jeep for giving me this great opportunity.”
“The Australian Jeep Tour has certainly given touring professionals an opportunity to play for major prizemoney in 2012 as well as the opportunity for two of its leading player’s a further their careers on the international stage. This time next year, eyes will be glued to the results of the Qualifying Schools, just to see how Felton and Jeffress perform.