After an opening round of 66 in the Dysart Pro Am holding a one shot heading into the final round, Victorian Kris Mueck continued his hot form today making birdies on three of his first four holes.
Mueck who is a multiple winner over the past 12 months came home with birdies on the 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes to record a final round of 65 and a three shot victory.
Mueck's score of 13 under par is the lowest two round total ever recorded in the event's history and with previous champions such as John Senden, Peter McWhinney, Peter Senior, Adam Crawford and Wayne Grady, the feat is even more special.
"It has been a really busy period lately going from Papua New Guinea for two weeks, three weeks here in the QLD Mining Towns and I don't really get any rest given I am going to play the another big schedule in WA leaving Thursday, so this win is a great momentum boost" said Mueck.
It was Tim Hart though who stole the PCR Polyweld Mining Town Series shooting 66 in the final round to overcome Mueck and New South Welshman Ed Stedman by just one shot. Hart's 39 under par total for the 11 rounds shows that given the opportunity, these players can mix it with some of the best in the world.
"We often talk about many of us not being far away from reaching our potential and it is really just about taking our opportunities when they come and these events certainly give us the chance to prove it" said Hart.
Hart, who made the tough decision to leave his PGA Traineeship at the end of last year following his win at the National Futures Championship, is far more comfortable now with his decision.
"It was a tough call whether to ditch my Traineeship or lead a life on Tour though I now feel I am able to mix it with these guys after a three wins in the last six months and therefore hopefully I can continue it all the way to this year's summer of golf"
Including the $5,000 bonus for the series, Hart has accumulated almost $15,000 in prizemoney in the PCR Polyweld Mining Town Series and is enjoying the chance to play regularly.
"The pressure we feel on tour during these events prepares us well for the Australasian Tour events though given I have had to come from behind to win today, it will hopefully give me some confidence to do the same in one of the bigger events over the coming months" said Hart.
The QLD Sunshine Tour now takes a tropical turn with the Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa Teams Challenge at Natadola Bay starting Friday.