Tschudin wins Qld PGA
ADOPTED Toowoomba golfer Andrew Tschudin celebrated his first tournament success on Australian soil yesterday after crafting a stunning come-from-behind win in the Queensland PGA Championship at City Golf Club.
Tschudin produced a birdie-birdie-birdie finish on the tournament's final three holes to post a one-shot victory.
The 39-year-old's championship rounds of 67-68-64 earned him a $17,250 winner's cheque and a place alongside some of Australian golf's most illustrious names on the Charles Bonham Trophy.
Tschudin began the final round three shots behind leader Andrew Martin (-8) on a dramatic day dominated by miserable morning weather conditions, which delayed the start of play, and several late collapses from rival players.
Martin held on for equal-second place with a closing 68 to share the runner-up prizemoney with West Australian Brody Ninyette (67).
Both had a chance to force a play-off on the final hole with Tschudin who sat anxiously as the clubhouse leader after finishing in the day's third-last group.
Ninyette paid dearly for a double-bogey on the final hole where three puts ended his title bid.
Martin then had the chance to tie with Tschudin but he was unable to muster a chip in on the 18th after his approach shot fell short of the green.
Tschudin was left to saviour his winning moment with partner Amanda Harman and well-wishers, minus his parents who travelled from Victoria for the tournament but sat out yesterday because of the inclement weather.
"My parents planned to be here today," Tschudin said.
"But because of the bad weather this morning, they decided to stay at home with Amanda's parents and they've missed all the goings on.
Tschudin is based in Toowoomba after moving to Cabarlah with Harman early last year.
He is a two-time winner on the Korean tour and has collected three victories on the USA Hooters tour
"I've been lucky enough to have won a few times on tour, but this is something again," Tschudin said.
"To win in Australia is something I've always wanted to do.
"And to do it in what is now my home town with Amanda and friends around makes it more special."
Emerging Brisbane youngster Cameron Smith retained his Queensland PGA Championship amateur title with 68-66-68.
The day's and tournament's best round belonged to New South Welshman Rohan Blizard who rocketed up the leaderboard with a closing 63.