McLean holds on to win Hamo PGA event

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SOR­RENTO teach­ing pro­fes­sional Craig McLean has claimed vic­tory at the 2013 PGA Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onship at Hamil­ton Is­land Golf Club

Card­ing a fi­nal round of two over par 73, McLean fin­ished two shots clear of reign­ing cham­pion Nathan King whose fi­nal round of even par was one of the best of the day.

The wind died down dur­ing the last day and this was re­flected in the over­all scor­ing with most pro­fes­sion­als record­ing their best round of the tour­na­ment.

McLean started with eight straight pars though a bo­gey on the ninth saw him with just a one shot lead over Craig Goodall head­ing to the back nine.

Vic­to­rian McLean made his first and only birdie of the day on the par five 11th hole and when Goodall made bo­gey on the same hole the gap of three shots proved too dif­fi­cult for the chal­lengers to chase down.

In ad­di­tion to the lion’s share of the $50,000 in prize money, McLean has also qual­i­fied for the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship at RACV Royal Pines Re­sort where he will be tee­ing it up with Adam Scott, Ricky Fowler, Marc Leish­man and Brandt Snedeker. McLean com­mented about the op­por­tu­nity.

“It has not re­ally sank in that I will be play­ing at the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship just yet but I look for­ward to get­ting up there and en­joy­ing the week, and hope­fully with some good golf,” he said.

Ar­riv­ing on Hamil­ton Is­land PGA CEO Brian Thor­burn talked about the event’s suc­cess.

“This year’s tour­na­ment has pro­duced two very worth­while qual­i­fiers into our coun­tries na­tional cham­pi­onship and no doubt that they will rep­re­sent their states and do vo­ca­tional mem­ber­ship proud,” he said.

HAMO CHAMP: Craig McLean won the 2013 PGA Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onship at Hamil­ton Is­land Golf Club.

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