Having rejuvenated his career with a win in China only a matter of days ago, a refreshed Kim Felton is headed back to his home state for next week’s John Hughes Geely Nexus Risk Services WA Open where he will attempt to add his name to the prestigious James Paxton Bowl trophy for the fourth time.
Born and bred in Western Australia, the West Australian Open has always had special meaning for Kim Felton.
With names the likes of Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Kel Nagle and Gary Player etched on the trophy that dates back to 1921, the title is the oldest and one of the most sought after in the West.
As a former champion, and one of the most prolific, Felton’s name is already on the WA Open trophy an impressive three times, the 35-year-old having won the tournament previously in 2001 (at the Western Australian Golf Club,) as well as in 2003 and 2006.
But this year the challenge of claiming a fourth WA Open title will take on a new meaning for Felton as he attempts to maintain the momentum from his recent OneAsia win and reinstate himself deservedly as one of Australia’s top golfing talents.
“I couldn’t have hoped for a better lead in to next week’s WA Open,” said Felton who on Sunday became OneAsia’s first Australian Champion of the year with a two-stroke victory at the US$1 million Midea China Classic.
“It was definitely an emotional win for me. I’ve put so much work into my game over the past year and it’s finally paid off.”
“I haven’t played much since I returned from the Nationwide Tour in April so to get back out there and rediscover my love for the game as well as take away the winner’s cheque is just a dream come true.”
A former US Nationwide Tour winner, Felton will next week attempt to add his tenth Australian title to his collection having won the 2007 Victorian Open, the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Western Australia PGA Championships, 2004 Queensland Masters and the 2004 Cairns Classic, in addition to his three WA Open wins.
One of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the former Von Nida Tour, Felton now hopes his latest win will set him back on track to capture many more titles into the future.
“We’re just about to restart the PGA Tour of Australasia season and I couldn’t feel better heading into the first event which is in my home state and on a course I love. I’m intending to play all the Aussie events between now and the end of the year, so hopefully this is just the start of really positive things to come.”
Felton will be one of 132 players teeing off in the $110,000 John Hughes Geely Nexus Risk Services WA Open which will be played from October 28 – October 31.
The event is proudly supported by Major sponsors John Hughes Geely and Nexus Risk Services and supporting sponsors Drummond Golf, the Western Australian Department Of Sport & Recreation, QBE Insurance, Richard Lyons Strategic Management, Homeloans Limited, Perth Management Services, Bowra And O’Dea, Coca-Cola, Royal Fremantle Golf Club, Mount Lawley Golf Club, Cottesloe Golf Club, Royal Perth Golf Club, WA Golf Club and West Cape Howe Wines.
To be played at the Par 70 Richard Hesford designed Western Australian Golf Club located amongst the rolling hills of Yokine, tournament entry for all spectators is free.
Past Tournament Winners:
2009 Michael Curtain (Vic)
2008 James Nitties (NSW)
2007 Simon Pope (SA)
2006 Kim Felton (WA)
2005 Brett Rumford (WA)
2004 Stephen Leaney (WA)
2003 Kim Felton (WA)
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