It's not easy to score media real estate, let alone a prime one, with the Beijing Olympics just winding up and Danny Lee creating history in the United States this morning.
But while it does not resonate as loudly as Lee's efforts, Hawke's Bay professional Doug Holloway yesterday clinched the seven-round FKP Peregian aggregate series in Queensland.
``This money [$A10,000 ($12,200) plus other accrued purses on the tour] will go a long way to securing my immediate professional career. I am heading to the US in October where, hopefully, I can go one better than in 2007 where I fell one shot short of the final stage of tour school,' Holloway told the pga.org.au website after finishing seventh in the $A50,000 Peregian Springs Pro Am, the last event of the Queensland Sunshine Tour.
Winner Matt Keegan went into the pro-am eight shots behind Holloway, who set the bar high all week after shooting a 2-under-par 70 in the opening round. Keegan briefly fancied his chances but the Te Pohue golfer chipped in late on his back nine to relieve any pressure with a final round 71 to hold off Keegan by three shots.
The 24-year-old, who teed off in the Andersen's Twin Waters Pro Am today in Toowoomba, outclassed 55 professionals. Coach Brian Doyle said: ``It's a fantastic win. He's obliviously pleased with himself. He's getting quite experienced now and getting around mental errors. He's keeping himself in the present tense and not the future.'
GOLF: Holloway wraps up Sunshine tour series