Date: February 02, 2009

Hall claims Victorian Open

Local hope Ashley Hall has held his nerve over the final holes to claim the 2009 Victorian Open in Melbourne on Sunday. Hall fired a two-under final round of 69 to finish the tournament at 10-under and register a two-shot victory over Scott Laycock and Craig Scott. It was a topsy-turvy final round for Hall, who had to reel in Laycock on the final nine to take victory. “I&aposm a little bit relieved,” an honest Hall said after collecting the $16,500 winner&aposs cheque. “A four shot lead turned into two pretty quickly at 17 but I figured if I just hit it into the middle of the green on the last I was always going to make par.” “I thought when I woke up this morning with it windy that it was going to play into my hands. I like the course the way it is when it&aposs windy. I tried not to think about what happened yesterday and just stuck to my routine and it worked. I suppose nothing can go wrong if you stick to your routine.” For Laycock, the second-placed finish was a welcome return to form after he lost his status on the Japanese tour last year after playing there since 2001. “Like any player, I play to get into contention and it&aposs been a while for me so I am really happy with how I have gone this week,” he said. “I played better this week than I have in a while for a whole tournament and it was nice to be back up there again.” Final scores from the Victorian Open: (par 71) -10: Ashley Hall -8: Craig Scott, Scott Laycock -7: Paul Sheehan, Aaron Townsend -6: Cameron Percy, David Diaz, Peter Senior -4: Andrew McKenzie -3: Terry Pilkadaris, Andre Stoltz, David Lutterus, Craig Spence, Adam Porker, James McLean