Bowditch double bogey costly in Wichita

Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas has won his first Nationwide Tour event with a one shot victory over Roberto Castro at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.

Vegas, a graduate of the University of Texas, joined the Nationwide Tour in 2009 with limited status but he has shown enough since to suggest that a win was not beyond him. He nearly did so earlier this year when runner up to Ewan Porter at the South Georgia Classic but with this victory he is now all but assured of a ticket to the big time in 2011.

Vegas' round of 64 had him in the clubhouse an hour ahead of the final group and it was a long wait for him to see if Castro, who was playing in the final group with Australian Steve Bowditch, could equal or better his total of 20 under. He was unable to do so and finished alone in second.

Bowditch struggled to build momentum on the low scoring course but late in the day he added birdies at the 16th and 17th and was within one of the lead.

A birdie at the par five last, which he had birdied in his two previous rounds, would have given him a shot at the playoff. Unfortunately for the Queenslander he would take double bogey and slip to a share of 4th.

It was gut wrenching stuff for the 27 year old who has shown in recent weeks that he is recapturing some of the form he is renowned for when right.

Gavin Coles and Adam Bland were the only other Australians to make the cut, the pair finishing in 37th position.

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