Carlson and Batibasaga share R Q Cup
BY PGA of Australia | 14 Sep 2013
After conquering second stage of Japan Qualifying School last week, Kurt Carlson has not only won the 2013 Norris Motor Group Royal Queensland Cup today alongside Rika Batibasaga but his four under par round of 68 was also good enough to claim the inaugural bmag Week of Golf Series.
Carlson displayed poise throughout the five rounds played over some of Brisbane’s premier golf courses to finish on an aggregate total of 15 under par and a one shot victory over Michael Wright, who was tied with Carlson and David Bransdon heading into today’s final round.
The win is timely for Carlson who is currently contesting Japanese Qualifying School and will travelling between the two countries over the coming weeks.
“The whole week has been amazing and to close it out today with victory not only in the bmag Week of Golf, but also the Royal Queensland Cup caps off a great couple of weeks for me,” said Carlson.
“The timing of the win couldn’t be better as I am currently contesting qualifying school in Japan and the 500,000 frequent flyer points will certainly assist me not only if I gain my full playing rights up there but also all my domestic flights in Australia. There is no doubt that this prize means the world to me and the bmag Week of Golf will certainly assist me with my dream of playing internationally."
The bmag week of Golf has been a huge success in its inaugural year and Royal Queensland Golf Club captain Ralph Heading feels as though it’s their duty to assist with growing the game of golf in the region. “The 2013 bmag week of golf was resurrected as an initiative by Royal Queensland, to try and lift the profile of the Choice Hotels National Pro Am events through Brisbane, providing the tour professionals with a springboard on to the National and International tours.”
It was double the joy for Carlson though as his round of 68 was good to claim the Royal Queensland Cup alongside his good mate Rika Batibasaga. Matthew Guyatt, Brendan Chant and Michael Wright finished in a tie for third a shot behind the winners.
With the Australasian Tour heading to Noumea next week for the South Pacific Open, Batibasaga was happy with his form and is looking forward to replicating his performance from today which in turn produced his first victory as a professional. “This is certainly one of the great events we play on the Queensland Sunshine Tour each year and it is a great feeling to add my name to a little piece of the Royal Queensland Golf Club history,” explained Batibasaga. "My game is coming together nicely and today’s win alongside my good mate Kurt has given me added confidence heading into the South Pacific Open next week.”
While a number of the professionals that contested this week’s bmag Week of Golf series will head over to the South Pacific Open in New Caledonia, the Queensland Sunshine Tour makes its way down the coast for its Northern River’s swing of events which gets underway on Sunday at Lismore. Jim Cusdin will be looking to consolidate his position at the top of the Queensland Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, with second placed Henry Epstein committing to play the South Pacific Open.