Date: January 14, 2010

Norris wins at Spring Valley

A final round two-under par 69 gave Victorian Jason Norris victory in the 2010 Subaru Victorian Open at Spring Valley Golf Club on Sunday. Norris, now based in Adelaide, was never headed finishing at ten-under to win by two shots from Canberra&aposs Chris Campbell. Veteran Victorians Scott Laycock and David McKenzie tied for third a further two shots adrift. National Squad member Jordan Sherratt was the leading amateur, finishing in a tie for 30th place at 3-over par following a final round 74. Fellow National Squad member Daniel Beckmann (VIC) finished in a tie for 37th at 4-over par. AIS Rookie Professional Matt Griffin finished in 51st place following a final round 75. Victorian pro Heath Reed continued his steady rise through the professional ranks closing with a final round 69 to finish outright fifth at five-under. Having played at Spring Valley since a junior, 37 year-old Norris leant on his home course experiences to build a four stroke lead midway through the final round. However a series of errant shots on the 13th, 14th and 15th holes threatened to spoil the Victorian&aposs charge to his third professional win. With his rivals unable to capitalize, Norris made par up the tough par-four 16th, then a birdie on the par-five 17th put the issue beyond doubt. After a rock-solid par up the last he embraced his emotional mother Lynn, who had come out of her sick bed late in the afternoon to see her son&aposs first win on Victorian soil. I think it feels much better than the previous two wins (2007 WA PGA and NSW Open) I ve had, said Norris following his victory. I know everybody here virtually and it s good to have that support behind you. Obviously all the way around everyone was hoping I d do well. It’s a huge thrill. with assistance from the PGA of Australia