PETER Wilson, the professional golfer best known locally as the developer of Nyora’s Mega Skateboard Ramp, found himself in rarefied atmosphere last Saturday morning.
After two amazing rounds of golf at Huntingdale on Thursday and Friday, in which he carded 67 both days, Wilson found himself on the tee in the final group with the recent World Number One, Adam Scott, and at one stage tied for the lead in the Australian Masters.
But with the wind coming up on Saturday afternoon, both Wilson and Scott played poorly with third rounds of 80 and 77 respectively to fall well down the list ahead of the final day on Sunday.
With a final round of 69, Scott climbed back up to fifth and with a respectable 71, Wilson finished in a tie for 18th, enough to earn him a payday of $7856.25.
Incidentally, he finished tied with another South Gippslander, Geoff Drakeford, a 23 year old former Yarram resident who turned professional last year and is making his way in the tournament ranks.
In so doing Wilson moved back into the top 1000 golfers in the world, a place he has been before, as low as 617th in fact with his best finish being runner-up in the BMW New Zealand Open of 2012.
He has been in good form recently with a T8 finish in the Fiji International last month behind the likes of Matt Kuchar (USA) and the veteran Vijay Singh.
But it could easily have been so much better for him at Huntingdale on the weekend, even with a steady par round on Saturday.
Geoff Drakeford was more consistent across the weekend, after making the cut on Friday afternoon, scoring 72 73 72 and 68, to finish with 285.
Incidentally, Drakeford once drove a ball the full distance of 294 metres, from tee to green, at the infamous 14th hole at Korumburra, up the hill to ‘Webb’s Horror. No mean feat.
While Wilson was leading the Australian Masters on Saturday, there was even some banter on the TV commentary between Ian Baker-Finch and his fellow hosts about Wilson’s penchant for skateboarding and on-going battle with “the local council” over the Mega Ramp.
That matter is due to come to a head next week when it goes before a delayed hearing at VCAT.