Rough early in career but pro finds green pastures

By RACHAEL BORICH

SELF-belief continues to steer Perth professional Scott Strange in the right direction.

Strange found the winning touch yesterday to capture his first four-round win on Australian soil at the $85,000 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group 2005 Pro Am Classic at Rydges Capricorn Resort.

Playing the championship course Strange pocketed $13,905 for the win after finishing with a 275 (66, 67, 72, 70), three strokes clear of Saturday's round three leader, Queensland's Eddie Barr, originally of Ireland.

The luck of the Irish deserted Barr yesterday while Strange, 28, held his game together on the challenging course after trailing Barr by two shots beginning the day's play.

"I just holed the putts at the right time ? I just played solid golf,'' Strange said.

This was Strange's first win at Rydges after placing eighth in his first appearance at the event last year.

Strange is starting to reap the rewards after first turning professional five years ago. The journey has been tough.

"You just have to keep believing in yourself that you can do it,'' Strange said.

He has found that belief, having so far collected more than (US) $76,000 on the Asian Tour and placed 14th on its Order of Merit.

Strange's first big breakthrough was winning the Myanmar Open in February ? his first professional win.

He leaves Central Queensland today for the Vanuatu Open before preparing for a return to the Asian Tour.

Former Yeppoon junior Adam Blyth carded a 287 (74, 70, 70, 73) to finish equal 18th in the professional field.

In this year's amateur field, Yeppoon teenager Boyd Watts (294) continued to show class, winning the title by one stroke from Yeppoon seasoned campaigner Trevor Tougher.

While Queensland professional Craig Warren and amateur Doug Walker were not among the winners they both snared holes in one ? Warren's on the third hole and Walker's on the 11th. P40: Classic dinner photos.



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