Townsend, a former winner of events on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Von Nida Tour, has had a difficult year in 2017 but this gives him the opportunity to begin again with starts in all the events on the Australasian Tour at least in 2018.
The victory is some consolation for Townsend missing out on gaining Japan Tour status at that Tour’s recent Q- School three weeks ago.
Townsend held off a spirited challenge from NSW’s Jordan Mullaney, Townsend able to hold his one shot 54 hole advantage to the finish and claim medallist honours.
Mullaney who played events in Australia and on a European Development Tour this year appears to have taken significant benefit from the experience and finish just one behind but he was a massive eight shots clear of the pair tied in 3rd position Harrison Endycott of NSW and Fiji’s Sam Lee.
Endycott, a member of the Australian Eisenhower Trophy winning side in 2016, only turned professional a month or so ago so importantly for him he has a place to play in the early stages of his professional career.
Other players of interest who finished inside the top 40 and gained the right to play the Australasian Tour include former Asia Pacific Amateur Champion Antonio Murdaca (6th), former US Amateur Champion Nick Flanagan (8th) New Zealand’s recent number one amateur, Nick Voke (14th), and former Canadian Open and New Zealand Open Champion Nathan Green (33rd).
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