It was a very fruitfrul trip from Murwillumbah for Lucas Higgins.
The 2019 NSW rep made the trek intent on grabbing a spot in the 2021 NSW OPen at Concord after letting a golden opportunity slip in the North Coast Open.
At Queanbeyan though, he wasn’t going to let it slip twice.
The 22 year old arrived with a singular goal in mind, qualifying, and courtesy of a withering final round 65 has emphatically put the need to rest.
“I’m pretty happy, really,” Higgins beamed. “Glad to get it done.”
“The boys back at the club will be stoked.”
Higgins started with a couple of birdies early, and it didin’t dawn on him until. Late in the round qualifying was a real possibility.
”I holed a four foot slider on the. Last and I was pretty sure I was in then,” A happy Higgins said post round.
- DAY ONE WRAP: Fantastic Chris
- 5.45pm: Digger By Three
- 4.50pm: Gale Sneaks into the mix
- 4.10pm: Armstrong on the move
- 3.10pm: Overnight Leaders On Course
- 2.10pm: Amateur Campbell going low
- 11.10am: Play to resume at 11.30am
- 9.30am: PLAY SUSPENDED
- 7.45am: Final Round underway
5.45pm: Digger By Three
Deyen Lawson has extended his lead to two shots through 12 holes of the final round here at Quenabeyan.
Lawson had a quiet fron nine, with his early birdie on thr 4th wiped out by a bogey on the fifth. A timely two on the par three eighth saw him turn one under. Another birdei on the short par four 10th saw him out by three.
A cople of players have made a move, Jordan Mullaney got to within one, however a mess with the trees on the 13th brought him back to earth.
Daniel Gale remains Lawson closest challenger, however, with holes running out the Castle Hill Golfer will require a pretty spectacular finish to rope in the leader.
Gale sneaks into the mix
Daniel Gale has moved to eight under, one behind leader Deyen Lawson in the final round here at Queanbeyan.
Playing five groups in front, Gale streaked around the front nine in just 30 strokes.
Federal Golf club Pro Andrew Welsford is in the mix for a big return on two days golf, currently at seven under, he will grab one of the three available spot in next month’s Open with a strong finish.
Armstrong on the move
Canberra local Josh Armstong has made a big early move and is tied for second, alongside amateur Chris Fan.
Birdies on the first four holes have seen the Murray Regional Open Champ vault past a trio of golfers.
Barbieri, who made a bright start with a birdie on the first, has given one back on the par 5 3rd to drop back into a tie foir 5th.
3.10pm: Leaders on course
Overnight leader Deyen Lawson and his playing partner, amateur Chris Fan and rookie pro Nathan Barbieri are finally on course in the final round of the Queanbeyan Region Open.
Playing five groups in front, Daniel Gale has made an early move, and is three under after six holes for the day, taking him to six under for the tournament.
2.10pm: Amateur Campbell going low
NSW Mid Amateur Champion Chris Campbell has one of the rounds of the day going, currently at five under midway through his second round.
Campbell, a former Japanese tour winner who resumed his amateur status a couple of years ago, made an early move before the storm delay with birdies on three of his opening four holes.
The two hour wait in the clubhouse seems to have done little to halt his momentum, with Port Kembla golfer adding two more birdies on the 13th and 16th to get to two-under for the tournament.
11.10am: Play to resume at 11.30am
Play in the final round of the Queanbeyan Open will resume at 11.30am.
Officials inspected the course and sent the players back out at 11.00am.
Afternoon tee times have been pushed back two hours with the afternoon half of the draw to tee off from 1.40pm. the leading group of Barbieri, Fan and Deyen Lawson will tee off at 3.10pm.
9.30am: Play Suspended
Play in the Queanbeyan Open has been suspended due to lighting in the area. After assessing the situation at 10.30am, officials have pushed any decision on resumption of play back to 11.00am.
Officials were forced to call players into the clubhouse at at 9.30am as an intense lighting spell passed over the Queanbeyan layout.
Afternoon tee times will be pushed back and players will be informed of any changes as soon as a decision on the resumption is reached.
7.45am: Final Round Underway
It’s the final round of the Queanbeyan Open and we should be in for a cracking day of golf.
There’s no shortage of players with a chance of grabbing an important win for plenty of reasons.
Course record holder Deyen Lawson will be the player to beat. His nine under effort yesterday was flawless and even had the Queanbeyan Golf Club President John Bull shaking his head in disbelief.
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Lawson is establishing himself as a player of quality on the European Tour, and victory here will be reward for the hard work the Queensland-based Victorian is putting in to ready himself for a tilt at the lucrative tour.
Chris Fan, just two back, is changing glory for a whole range of different reasons. His first game back after an almost disastrous game- ending accident, Fan began the tournament with no expectations, just joy to be back playing again.
Nathan Barbieri, a star in the making, will be looking to put a stamp in the win column as a pro for the first time. He can go low – and he knows it – after a breakout performance last month in the TPS series event at Rosebud.
Four shots back is a a trio of established players. Steven Jeffress, winner of the Fiji International in 2014, Damien Jordan, winner of the 2017 Victorian PGA, and Rick Kulacz, who as an amateur, claimed the NSW Open in 2006.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a good day with a maximum temperature of 26 degrees. There’s a chance of a shower out two, however things are expected to be fine by this afternoon.
The Afternoon half of the draw will get underway at 11.40 with the leaders teeing off at 1.10pm.
Stay tuned here at nswopen.com or on twitter – @golfnsw as the afternoon unfolds.