Wilson does it again

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 WINNERS: Winner of the S.I.F.A Samoa Open, Peter Wilson and the undefeated Richard Backwell, winner of the S.I.F.A Samoa Senior Open.

WINNERS: Winner of the S.I.F.A Samoa Open, Peter Wilson and the undefeated Richard Backwell, winner of the S.I.F.A Samoa Senior Open.

Peter Wilson has done it again. Last night, he celebrated his second S.I.F.A Samoa Open win at the Royal Samoa Country Club in Fagali’i.

While Wilson rejoiced in claiming the top prize, Richard Backwell celebrated winning the S.I.F.A Samoa Senior Open. 

Backwell now claims the unprecedented title of winning three consecutive Senior Opens. 

Wilson finished the tournament at 13 under-par however did not have it all his own way, struggling to find momentum with only two birdies in his first seventeen holes. 

Playing the final hole and with the knowledge that a birdie was required to claim the title, Wilson calmly pitched to within three feet of the hole and tapped in the birdie putt for victory. “I knew what I had to do and kept telling myself I’ve done it before,” he said. 

“This win is really special for me; I’ve won over 40 times but this is the first one my father has witnessed. I love playing in Samoa and I hope to be back next year.”

The low round of the day came from New South Welshman Nathan Park who fired an eight under par round of 64 to finish in outright second at 12 under par.

The result came much easier for Backwell in the S.I.F.A Samoa Senior Open, recording a wire to wire victory after rounds of 69, 69 and 66 to finish at twelve under par and a massive ten shots clear of his nearest Senior competitor. “It’s an awesome feeling winning three consecutive Senior Opens,” Backwell said. 

“The growth of the tournament in the past three years is fantastic and each year it seems to get better.” Local Professional Malesi Maifea (-4) was the best of the local professionals finishing tied 11th in the Open whilst the low amateur score was Pulou Faaliga who finished the tournament in a tie for ninth (-5).

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