Victorian Institute of Sport

Murray takes out WA Open

Monday, 29 October 2018

Victorian Institute of Sport’s Zach Murray put on a show for the West Australian crowd on the weekend with three consecutive birdies helping him secure the Nexus Risk Services WA Open over fellow VIS golfer, David Micheluzzi.

Murray’s two-shot victory over Micheluzzi makes him the third amateur golfer in seven years to lift the WA Open trophy.

The VIS scholarship holder led at the end of every day of the event after an impressive eight under 64 was followed by rounds of 70, 69 and 69.

Murray took a four-shot lead to the 18th tee after a hat-trick of birdies helped him move clear of fellow Victorian Institute of Sport amateur, David Micheluzzi.

Murray admits that ‘adrenaline was running high’.

“I am sort of starting to calm down now; the adrenaline has been running high all day. I came home really strong which was really nice under the pressure,” added Murray.

“I holed a really big putt on 12 for birdie and that calmed me down. I hit a great shot into 13 and missed it. Then hit probably one of my worst shots for the week on 14 and made bogey. That made me reset.”

“I had finished well on the last few holes all week so in the back of my mind, I knew I could do it, which was crucial.”

“It was nice to birdie 15 and 16. Then I hit probably two of the best shots I hit all week on 17 to have a two-putt birdie. It definitely made it a lot easier having a four-shot lead going down the last."

Murray had his father right by his side making his victory even more “special.”

“I knew dad was going to cry if I won, which he did. He works super hard to support my golf. It was so cool to have him here this week, to witness a win I haven’t had in a while, and my first win on the PGA Tour of Australasia.” He said.

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