Josh Geary's time in golfing wilderness over

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 08:56 14/10/2013
Josh Geary
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GOOD TRAVELLER: Professional Josh Geary jetted in from Melbourne to the LawnMaster Classic yesterday and still produced a four-under-par round of 68 for a share of sixth place.

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Josh Geary has found a tour to play on after his maiden PGA Tour of Australasia win yesterday.

The 28-year-old has been in the golfing wilderness without a tour to play on in recent times, but his West Australian Open win at the Mount Lawley Golf Club has ended that.

Geary's five shot win earns him a start in next week's  Perth International and secures his Tour card for the remainder of this season and 2014.

While that's a huge relief for Geary, picking up his breakthrough Australasian Tour win was equally exciting. "It has been six or seven years now that I have been trying for a win," he said.

"The highest hurdle is the first one. Now I have broken through I should be good for the near future."

Geary's eight-shot win in the Charles Tour's Tauranga Open recently did show he was in form, but this is a whole new level of competition. 

And he still dominated. 

"You always want to have the battle on the final day. But it's nice to know I had it somewhat sown up if I played within myself."

Geary's final round, seven-under 65 was the low-round of the day. 

"This means a lot 

right now, especially with my status," added Geary who attended PGA Tour of Australasia qualifying school earlier this year.

"It means I get a start next week which I wouldn't have had. It also assures me starts all summer. It is huge from my career point of view.''

He predicted this win is just the start of a big summer. "I have been hitting it well and putting great. My head is in a good place to I think I am ready for another couple of wins."

Meanwhile, Mark Brown was the best of the four Kiwis in the OneAsia Tour's Nashan Masters in China. 

The Lower Hutt 38-year-old shot a two-under 70 to finish in a tie for fourth at six-under for the tournament, three shots behind winner Charl Schwartzel.

Gareth Paddison, who was tied for the lead after two rounds, finished with a four-over par 76 to drop back to one-under and  a tie for 15th while Brad Shilton and Michael Long finished tied for 23rd and 44th respectively. 

In Japan, David Smail raced up the leaderboard in the final day at the Toshin Golf Tournament with a six-under 66.

The Hamilton pro ended at 13-under and in a tie for 17th. On the normally tough scoring Japan Tour, this tournament was an exception with Japanese winner Yoshinori Fujimoto finishing at 24-under par. 

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Auckland's Michael Hendry shot an even-par 72 on the final day to be 10-under for the week and in a tie for 37th.

- Fairfax Media

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