Perry turned professional on the eve of this year’s NSW Open where he finished an impressive 3rd after an amateur career that had included him finishing runner-up at the British Amateur and representing Australia at the Eisenhower Trophy in Ireland in September.
He followed that up by securing Japan Tour status two weeks ago at the Final Stage of that tour's Qualifying School and again displayed his capacity to handle the rigours of qualifying by easily accounting the field at Moonah Links today.
Importantly for Perry, his high finish has ensured he will gain maximum starts on the PGA Tour of Australasia next season and so after turning professional without status anywhere he now has a near full schedule to look forward to next year.
The leading 40 players and ties earned the right to play PGA Tour of Australasia events in 2019 although their access to each event will be determined by just where they finished this week, the leading five having access to most events next year.
Perry won by three shots over New Zealander James Anstiss who played collegiate golf in the US ahead of turning professional late last year, qualifying for the Australasian Tour then but being forced back to Q School at which he has now gained a crucial high ranking.
Gold Coast's Kade McBride finished tied for 2nd with Anstiss although he will finish 3rd in the run down while last year’s leading qualifier, Aaron Townsend, was 4th with yet another Queenslander Taylor McDonald, who was returning to the Final Stage, in 5th place.
Those finishing in a share of 6th included former Canadian and New Zealand Open champion, Nathan Green, Queenslander Brett Rankin who recovered from a horror start on Wednesday and NSW amateur Justin Warren.
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