TROY Cox last night celebrated his biggest career win by shouting his "local" family, Don and Michelle Scott and their three sons Caleb, Ben and Aiden dinner in Yeppoon.
The "golf-mad" family of five has provided Cox with a home-away-from-home during his stay in the region, and was rewarded after Cox won the $55,000 Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am on Sunday afternoon.
Cox will now direct his attention to today's Yeppoon Pro-Am, before teeing off at the $100,000 Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate/Tropical Auto Group Golf Classic at the Capricorn Resort Golf Club on Thursday.
After finishing third in the Mackay Open Pro-Am event last weekend, Cox travelled down the Bruce Hwy and set up camp at the Scott house in Yeppoon where he'll be posted before continuing south on the Sunshine State Tour next week.
"I've been pretty fortunate to have a family that I stay with for the two weeks that I'm here," Cox said.
"They've been great. They're a golf mad family and they always make me feel welcome. I played with Don in the Rocky Pro-Am a few years ago."
A former junior rugby league player with the mighty Katoomba Devils west of Sydney, Cox dislocated his hip as a 21-year-old, ending his rugby league career.
Cox's win on Sunday netted him a valuable $9931.13, which the 30-year-old said would help in his pursuit of a US-based tour card.
He'll move one step closer to that dream, committing some of the funds towards flights to China in January in an attempt to earn a spot on the PGA Tour China.
"It'll help me with flights to China. It's the gateway to the US Tour," Cox said.
"If you play well on that tour you can work your way into one of the US tours - that's the aim. I suppose that's the aim of every professional golfer, to play in the States."
But first he'll put some of the cash towards ensuring his fiancé Tory has a good time when she visits.
"She's coming up next week so I'll get to see her finally," said Cox, who last saw Tory six weeks ago.
"It's been pretty full on the past few weeks."
Cox has played in the Capricorn Classic and with more experience under his belt is confident he could better his 15th placed performance from last year.
Defending champion Paul Donahoo will be one of 81 professionals competing in this year's Classic.