Brad washes away doubts
BRAD McIntosh finally got his hands on the Queensland Open trophy on Sunday afternoon, after a year of thinking what might have been following the 2004 washout at Ipswich Golf Club.
Joint runner-up to Steven Bowditch in a 2004 Open reduced to 54 holes after a finalround deluge, McIntosh was determined to go one better this year on a layout perfectly suited to his big-hitting game.
The Wollongong 23-year-old did just that and shot a finalround 69 to finish at 20-under 268 to win the $105,000 Open by three shots from a fast-finishing Peter Senior. Crowd favourite Senior sunk seven birdies on Sunday in his superb 65, a round good enough to relegate joint overnight leader David Diaz, who shot a finalround 73, to third place. McIntosh's second Von Nida Tour event victory was made even sweeter because it earned him a place in this month's Australian Open at Moonah Links.
"I don't have to qualify for it anymore ? it's great,'' McIntosh said.
"I left the course last year wondering what could have happened if it hadn't of rained, so it's good to come back and win.''
Leading amateur was rising star and former Capricorn Country Club junior Jason Day, who shot 69 to finish at 12-under, eight shots adrift of McIntosh.