WODONGA golfer Zach Murray has qualified for the NSW Open after winning the weekend’s regional qualifier on the Border.
Murray finished six-under at Commercial-Albury on Saturday and followed it up with a par round at Thurgoona the following day.
He won by seven shots from Canberra’s Jordan Ayre with Nathan Boehm running third.
The victory secured him a start in the NSW Open at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney from November 16 to 19.
“It was good to have a win,” Murray said.
“I had 11 birdies on Saturday and five bogeys so it could have been something special.
“I was more consistent on the Sunday.”
Murray will play in the Keperra Bowl in Queensland this week before competing in the Western Australian Open.
Australian Masters champion Nick Cullen, Victorian Todd Sinnott and Tasmanian Matthew Goggin will be among the field in Sydney.
MDGA captain Jason Cawthray secured a spot in the NSW Senior Open Championship at Thurgoona by winning the over-50 division at the weekend.
He will join Craig Parry, Ian Baker-Finch, Peter O’Malley and Peter Senior in a field loaded with champion players.
Only 28 amateur spots were available.
“I’m really happy with it,” Cawthray said.
“I’m enjoying my golf at the moment and it was great to get through.”
Cawthray, who finished the qualifying rounds at six-over, recently took out the MDGA Player of the Year award.
A pro-am will be held on November 1, prior to the 54-hole tournament, with Thurgoona set to host the titles for the next three years as part of the PGA Legends Tour.
The inaugural championship is open to professional and amateur players, aged 50 or over, and carries $100,000 in prizemoney.
Meanwhile, the NSW Sandgreen Championships will be held at Holbrook this weekend with a big field entered.