Wilson reclaims Samoa Golf Open title

Peter Wilson has reclaimed the Invest Samoa Golf Open crown after an eight-under par 64 in the final round at the Royal Samoa Country Club in Fagali'i on Friday put him at 19-under for the tournament.

The Australian pockets the prize money of $20,578.92 tala for the win, which came by four strokes over Andrew Campbell, who had a Round Three 66.

It was Wilson's third Samoa Open victory, and he said he is really comfortable playing the Royal Samoa course for some reason.

"I started with an eagle today, which was a really good way to start then I eagled the ninth.

"[Andrew Campbell] was pushing me along, he was one back for a little while and I just steadied on the back nine and played smart golf, and came away with the win."

Wilson said he is so comfortable playing in Samoa because of the weather and the people.

"I've grown up being a surfer, I've done a few surf trips here."

He said the Fagali'i course suits his game as well.

"I'm a straight hitter and I pitch the ball really well, and that's what you've gotta do here.

"There's not a lot of mid or long irons, my mid or long irons aren't my strength."

Wilson said he is keen to continue coming back for the Open.

"I think I'll try to bring my family next year, stay on for a bit longer with the family afterwards."

He said it's a great part of the PGA Australia Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series tour.

"And the airfares are getting cheaper with Samoa Airways now, the last few years they've been quite expensive but now they're getting better and better."

Wilson said he was impressed by the local talent as well, and Samoa has a few talented young amateurs.

"Hopefully they keep on going and turn professional one day."

One of those talents is 23-year-old, Samu Ropati, who won the Taula Amateur Championship and finished in a tie for third overall after shooting 65 on the final round to end up at -13.

He was one of four Samoans to finish in the top 10, along with Jayden Ford (-12), Malese Maifea and Niko Vui (both -10).

“Every year the quality of local players seems to improve. It is a testament to the work of Samoa Golf Incorporated and the local programs run by the courses,” said David Barker, State Manager with the PGA of Australia.

Richard Backwell won his fifth Senior Open in sixth years, scoring 70 in the final round to finish on eight-under par for the tournament, with Michael Harwood and Brad Burns a shot back.

Samoa Open final leaderboard

POSITION

COUNTRY

PLAYER

TOTAL

R1

R2

R3

1

AUS

Peter Wilson 

-19

66

67

64

2

AUS

Andrew Campbell 

-15

65

70

66

T3

WSM

Samu Ropati (Am)

-13

69

69

65

T3

AUS

Anthony Choat

-13

65

69

69

T5

NZL

Jayden Ford (Am)

-12

68

67

69

T5

AUS

Edward Stedman 

-12

68

68

68

T7

AUS

Michael Wright 

-11

67

69

69

T7

AUS

Scott Laycock

-11

67

71

67

T9

WSM

Malese Maifea

-10

70

69

67

T9

WSM

Niko Vui (Am)

-10

70

69

67

T11

AUS

Alex Edge

-9

71

70

66

T11

WSM

Robert Faaaliga (Am)

-9

70

70

67

T13

AUS

Patrick Joseph 

-4

73

69

70

T13

AUS

Thomas Punnett 

-4

73

69

70

T13

WSM

Lio Vui (Am)

-4

69

70

73

16

AUS

Dane McArdle 

-3

75

69

69

17

FRA

Dylan Benoit (Am)

-2

70

76

68

18

WSM

Van Wright (Am)


Par

76

73

67

19

AUS

Andre Stolz 

+2

71

78

69

T20

WSM

Timoteo Samau (Am)

+3

72

77

70

T20

AUS

Zachary Churcher 

+3

74

72

73

T22

WSM

Laki Peti (Am)

+5

77

75

69

T22

AUS

Martin Dive 

+5

70

71

80

24

AUS

Grant Binns 

+7

77

74

72

T25

AUS

Rhett McIvor 

+8

82

70

72

T25

FRA

Morgan Dufour (Am)

+8

74

76

74

T25

FRA

Guillame Castaguee (Am)

+8

76

71

77

28

WSM

Al Apisaloma-Taeleipu (Am)

+14

72

79

79

29

AUS

Adrian Lees

+16

78

71

83

30

FRA

Dominique Ricaud

+24

80

79

81

Senior Open final leaderboard

POSITION

COUNTRY

PLAYER

TOTAL

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

ROUND 3

1

AUS

Richard Backwell

-8

71

67

70

T2

AUS

Michael Harwood

-7

69

69

71

T2

AUS

Brad Burns 

-7

66

70

73

T2

AUS

David Fearns

-7

71

65

73

T5

AUS

Tim Elliott

-1

70

73

72

T5

AUS

Bryan Wearne

-1

69

71

75

T5

AUS

Glenn Joyner 

-1

69

67

79

8

NZL

Dean Sipson 

+2

73

72

73

9

AUS

Mark McFadden

+3

71

76

72

10

NZL

Bryce Mawhinney

+4

73

73

74

11

AUS

Donald Edwards

+5

73

68

80

T12

AUS

Tomas Mezera

+6

73

77

72

T12

WSM

Corey Keil (Am)

+6

74

72

76

14

AUS

Gregory Rix

+7

73

75

75

T15

AUS

Mark Tickle

+9

72

78

75

T15

AUS

Michael Holden

+9

71

76

78

T15

AUS

Steven Aisbett 

+9

71

76

78

18

AUS

Robert McConnell

+10

73

73

80

19

WSM

Garry Vui (Am)

+12

80

74

74

20

AUS

Brad Cumming

+13

76

81

72

21

WSM

Laauli Tui

+14

81

75

74

22

AUS

John Kirchner

+16

73

75

84

23

AUS

Steve Treisman

+17

79

76

78

T24

AUS

Stephen Woodhead

+18

78

81

75

T24

AUS

Richard Beer

+18

74

81

79

26

AUS

Denis Brosnan

+21

79

75

83

27

WSM

Samoa Unoi (Am)

+23

78

79

82

28

AUS

Andy Dakers

+27

79

83

81

29

AUS

Gary Wheatley

+29

83

81

81

30

AUS

Wayne Rogers

+33

84

86

79

31

AUS

Stephen Boswell

-

86

85

DSQ

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