Daniel Gale walked up to the tee at the 18th hole at Dubbo Golf Club with a one shot lead over his closest competitor in the Western Open before hitting a clutch drive that handed him the title.
Gale, 25, who hails from Sydney, had to fight off several fast finishing rivals including Grace Kim who was the only female the competition.
Gale led after day one of play but fellow playing mate Kim launched an impressive late attack at the leader.
The reigning Australian Amateur champ Kim and Charlie Dann tried to stick with Gale on the front nine but the latter was good enough to hitting four birdies to move to 13 under.
Kim trailed Gale but a single shot heading into the last but the pair both made par to give Gale the victory.
Following the win, Gale finished at 14 under for the tournament and admitted he felt really confident on the course throughout the whole day even after the start was delayed due to storms.
"I actually felt really good out there all day," he said.
"That hour delay to the tee time meant I had to re-warm up and just get back into the zone.
"Because you just zone out in the delay.
"But it was really good straight get go I made a really good par putt on the first.
"When I rolled in the birdie on the second that was a good settler.
"Played really, really good through that front nine and even through the back nine."
A humble Gale was full of praise for Kim and knows he just had to focus on his own play instead of focusing on those around him.
"Grace [Kim] was charging home and pushing pretty hard," he said.
"She got unlucky with a couple putts at the end there to just miss as well.
"I was trying not think about what she was doing and focus on what I was doing.
"To hit that clutch shot on the last when I needed to it was awesome."
Gale made the green off the tee on the final hole as did Kim but the former was closer to the pin all but sealing the win.
"That was the most nervous I was all day," Gale said about the final hole.
"It wasn't that bad, I was pretty good.
"A little bit nervy but to hit that shot when you are feeling like that it was pretty special."
For Kim, it was her first professional tournament in Australia and Gale believes the 20-year-old played exceptionally to finish 13 under across the two days of play.
"She did," he said.
"We had a little $20 bet on the side because we've been doing that a few times.
"She won that today but I got the trophy."
Gale finished with rounds of 63 and 67 with the victory securing him $50,000 and locked him in for a spot in the NSW Open next March along with Kim and third place finisher Justin Warren who also qualified for the tournament next year.
Kim also took home $5300 along with the $20 she won off Gale.
The Western Open was the second of six tournaments in the NSW Regional Open Series with the NSW Open set to be played at Concord Golf Club.
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