Top 10 Finish for Anstiss and Voke at Queensland Open

James Anstiss and Nick Voke Tope 10 at Queensland Open
James Anstiss and Nick Voke place Top 10 in Queensland Open (Photos Golf Australia & Getty Images)

After starting the day tied for the lead at the Queensland Open on the Sunshine Coast, James Anstiss has finished tied for fifth after shooting a 1-over round of 73 including 5 bogeys, the most he has made for any round this weekend.

On the other side of things, Nick Voke has shot a round of 66 to finish 10-under for the championship and move from 33rd place to a tie for 10th at the end of today.

Voke shot 5 birdies, a bogey and an eagle on the par 5 16th to leave Pelican Waters full of confidence ahead of his home tournament, the NZ Open which starts on Thursday in Queenstown.

Anstiss, on the other hand, will be lamenting lost opportunities after having three amazing round all under 70.

Again he started with a bogey on the first hole, which followed the trend of Friday and Saturday but unfortunately today it was followed by another on the 3rd and three more on 9, 10 and 17, ending his tournament one shot down from yesterday on 12-under.

Playing in the lead group he was forced to watch as his playing partners battled it out to eventually finish tied for the lead on 15-under and go to the playoff.

The playoff was over quickly as the amateur Jack Thompson missed an easy putt on the first green that allowed Anthony Quayle to win the Queensland Open and his first professional title.

The 25-year-old carded rounds of 67, 69, 67 and 70 for a 15-under 273 total but it was a regulation par at the first playoff hole that saw Quayle win his first ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia title.

“It feels incredible. I’ve given myself a few chances recently and haven’t been able to pull it off and the feeling of frustration or regret walking off the 18th green is definitely not present at the moment,” Quayle said.

“I felt for a while that my first win would be a pretty difficult one to get done and maybe it was difficult because I thought it into reality.

“I showed myself today what it takes to win and it doesn’t have to go perfect. You can make quite a few mistakes and still have a chance to win. I think it’s a pretty good lesson for me today.”

Quayle will now travel to Queenstown for the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour co-sanctioned 101st New Zealand Open which will tee off at Millbrook Resort & The Hills from Thursday 27 February.

For the other Kiwis, Luke Toomey finished off nicely with a 67, 5-under for the tournament and Taylor Gill grabbed a par to finish at 2-under.

The winner Quayle will take home more than $20,000 NZD for his efforts while Anstiss gets $6,000 NZD and Voke just over $3,000 NZD.

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