Alum Aron Price Wins First Nationwide Event
Going into the final and fourth round tied for second place, Sunday (Apr. 6), Price shot an even par to stay at 5-under 283. With a four-stroke lead, J.J. Killeen, who had led the field after each of the previous three rounds, had a rough final stretch and finished the tournament tied with Price, which forced a playoff.
The two remained tied after the first sudden-death hole, both carding a par 4 on hole 18. Price repeated his performance the second time around on the same hole, but Killeen’s missed putt for par gave the Sydney, Australia native his first such victory, and a piece of the $600,000 purse.
With the win and a purse winning share of $108,000, Price made a huge jump in the money standings from 48th to fourth place, bringing his year-to-date winnings to $124,893. Now with six tournaments under his belt since January, the win marks Price’s first top-10 and second top-25 finish so far this year.
“It feels good,” said Price of his recent victory. “I knew that if I could just hang in there I knew I’d be able to compete. I knew how to handle the shots from last year’s competition. It was almost like a practice round last year. I knew I had the advantage over the other guys.”
“It’s all about hanging in there until the odds are in my favor.”
With one Nationwide Tour victory under his belt, Price is looking for the second and third wins that will qualify him for play in the PGA TOUR.
- Category: Golf
- Published on Tuesday, 08 April 2008 00:20