Geary turns career around at WA Open
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship | Wrap | 13 Oct 2013
Just two weeks after a confidence boosting win in a Charles Tour event in his hometown of Tauranga in New Zealand where he won by eight shots, Josh Geary has easily accounted for a good field to win the West Australian Open at Mt Lawley Golf Club in Perth by five shots.
Geary has had virtually no status on a recognised tour for much of this season, but this win, his first PGA Tour of Australasia event, opens up several doors for him as it gives him a start at the Perth International next week and for most of the events remaining on the 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia calendar.
It will also offer status on the One Asia Tour next year, providing the talented former New Zealand Eisenhower rep with somewhere to play in 2014.
Three over through four holes of Thursday’s opening round, things were not looking good for the New Zealander but he worked his way back into the event from there culminating in a final round of 65 today, the equal best by three shots, and the comfortable victory.
23 year old Kristopher Mueck held on for second after a birdie at the 72nd hole to claim one of his biggest finishes in the game while promising Victorian rookie Nathan Holman followed up a good week on professional debut in Kalgoorlie last week by finishing 3rd.
Kim Felton, Peter O’Malley and Steve Jones tied for 3rd.
The PGA Tour of Australasia combines forces with the European Tour this week for the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup