Golf: Medowie professional Jamie Hook wins his first PGA title

WINNER: Pacific Dunes golf pro Jamie Hook lifts the Queensland PGA trophy at the Links Hope Island course after his late-entry victory. Picture: Supplied
WINNER: Pacific Dunes golf pro Jamie Hook lifts the Queensland PGA trophy at the Links Hope Island course after his late-entry victory. Picture: Supplied

Medowie professional golfer Jamie Hook has started 2022 in a blaze of glory.

The 29-year-old pro from Pacific Dunes golf course has turned around an ordinary 2021 in style by winning the coveted Queensland PGA after receiving a last minute call up to play in the championship event.

After a COVID-impacted year in 2021, Hook had failed back in June to qualify for the PGA Professionals Championship for the first time since arriving at Medowie's Pacific Dunes in 2016.

"Last Monday afternoon I received a phone call from a representative at the Queensland PGA asking if I would be interested in coming up to play, should I gain a start if another player had to withdraw," Hook said.

"I was a little confused but I decided to check on the availability of accommodation and flights and called back with the news that I was keen. Fortunately for me, there was a spot available and I was on my way."

Round one was played in almost perfect conditions at Links Hope Island on January 6.

Although the conditions were wet underfoot, Hook made a bogey at his first hole, followed by eight birdies over the next 16 holes before closing with another bogey to shoot a course record 6-under par 65 and sit two shots clear heading into the final day.

Friday morning saw 35mm of rainfall before the scheduled 8am tee-off but this didn't stop Hook from posting a solid round of 1-under 70, which consisted of 15 pars, two birdies and one bogey.

The round was good enough for Hook to hold off eventual runner-up TJ King by two shots and claim his maiden PGA Professionals Championship.

"I am delighted to have gained a start in the event to be honest. I hope all of those players forced to withdraw are recovering well and I must owe them a beer," Hook said of his victory.

"I haven't played much over the past two years so I am a little shocked with the result but very much looking forward to next week."

Hook has now earned himself a start in this week's Australian PGA Championship, being played at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane starting on Thursday, January 13.

"Four solid rounds of golf and there's no reason I can't be there at the end of the week."

Pacific Dunes marketing manager Jessica McDonald, said that the entire Port Stephens golfing community was "very proud" of Hook's remarkable achievement and "excited about his next assignment".

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