Heath Reed has overcome a late rain delay in today’s final round to claim his third Coca Cola Morobe Open, outlasting Jake Stirling in trying conditions over the closing holes.
Reed had started the four-day tournament behind the leader’s, but came back strongly after day two and never looked back, Bagging $20,000 and holding good form into the PNG Open, which starts on Tuesday 6th May.
Reed’s final round 70 to finish on 10 under, was good enough for a one shot win, with Stirling who briefly shared the lead after 10 holes, holding onto outright second.
First round, leader Brett Rankin finished in third, while Michael Hansen and Martin Dive tied for fourth. With Reed holding a one-shot lead playing the final hole, both Reed and Stirling had par putts, Reed three feet, Stirling two feet when play had to be suspended, due to heavy rain causing the hole being covered in water.
It was an anxious sixty minutes for both players before they were able to return to the green, where Reed made no mistake by draining the three foot putt to claim victory.
Professionals will now make their way to the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club for the 2014 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open. Defending Champion Pieter Zwart will return, looking to become the first back-to-back champion, since the tournament became part of the Queensland Sunshine Tour in 1999.
The QLD Sunshine Tour forms part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises 200 events Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Played across more than 170 golf courses, the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia’s Professional Golfers, whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.
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