Pro victory to Richardson

RIVERSIDE’S Kalem Richardson has broken through to record the largest win of his career with a one-shot victory in the Papua New Guinea Open.
Nanjing Night Net

Riverside touring professional Kalem Richardson has broken through in Papua New Guinea for his biggest win as a professional.

The former state player and dual Tasmanian amateur champion trailed by a stroke going into the final round and with an even par 72 managed to secure the title from Sam Brazel, of New South Wales, and Jared Pender, of New Zealand.

The leaderboard changed throughout the final day, and it was an up-and-down from 60 metres for par at the 16th that kept Richardson’s momentum going.

He followed with a regulation par at the 17th and a two-putt par at the last and his four-round total of four under par was enough for victory.

“This is no doubt the biggest win of my career, a win that I have been dreaming about for the past 12 months,” he said.

“Patience was certainly the key this week around the Royal Port Moresby golf course and the timing of this win couldn’t have been better, as I will take the confidence I have gained into the remainder of the Asian Tour.

“I was very pleased at the way that I was able to control my emotions over the final round, much better than before, which is something that my coach Nick White and I have been working hard at.”

The 26-year-old, who is based on the Gold Coast, received a winner’s cheque of $26,000 while Wynyard’s Craig Hancock took eighth place at one over par and earned $4200.

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