Lee and Griffin Victorian champions
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2014 Victorian Open | Wrap | 23 Feb 2014
30 year old Victorian golfer Matthew Griffin has today won his first PGA Tour of Australasia title on home soil with a third hole playoff victory over Matthew Stieger at the Oates Victorian Open at 13th Beach.
17 year old West Australian, Minjee Lee, took out the Women’s title which was played in conjunction with the men’s event.
Griffin, a late entry into professional ranks at the age of 25 following the securing of a degree in accountancy and representing Australia at the 2008 Eisenhower trophy, has always shown ability and consistency and has two OneAsia Tour events to his name in addition to a lesser event in the South Pacific islands.
Stieger, already a winner on the PGA Tour when successful at the NSW PGA soon after turning professional and has played OneAsia and Asian Tour events since added further to his growing reputation in the professional ranks by finishing runner-up.
Brett Drewitt, playing just his sixth event as a professional, secured his biggest cheque by some way by finishing one shot out of the playoff and in third position alone.
Andrew Kelly and Terry Pilkadaris tied for 4th while amongst those in a share of 6th was US based Gold Coast golfer, Ray Beaufils, who produced the round of the day 65.
Griffin has taken the early lead on the PGA Tour of Australasia’s 2014 money list.
The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads for the picturesque Queenstown region of New Zealand for the re-formatted New Zealand Open.
Brilliant West Australian amateur Minjee Lee converted her recent good form into a victory with a six shot win over Scotland’s Vikki Lang in the Women’s Victorian Open with Sarah Jane Smith two shots further back.
The dual Australian Amateur Champion grabbed the lead during round three and kept on extending her lead, further confirming her immense potential.
The event brings to an end the ALPG Tour’s summer of golf with Lee contending in several events.