Tennis pro gains Australian Tour card
Former Davis Cup tennis player Scott Draper is faced with a dilemma after winning his Australasian PGA Tour players' card today - whether to earn money as a golfer or a tennis player.
While he can now tee up in events in Australia and New Zealand, Draper also plans to compete at the Australian Open tennis championships next month.
Draper, who has played off a plus one handicap as a golfer for the past 18 months, finished 12th in a field of 80 vying for one of 35 cards available.
He fired a one over par 73 to finish on 289, one over for the tournament, at Peninsula Golf Club outside Melbourne.
"I went out today hoping to be in the top five and I was four under after six holes before I three-putted the seventh," Draper said.
"I then had a shank and I was bleeding badly but I birdied the 16th and 18th holes.
"My ball-striking, as usual, was pretty solid but I need to work on my short game."
Draper is undecided about how many golf and tennis tournaments he will be able to play, but he accepts tennis might be a casualty, especially as he has been battling a persistent knee injury.
"I still love tennis but it's frustrating when your body won't do what you want it to do," Draper said.
"I'll give them both a try and if I have to give one the flick it will probably be the tennis."
Draper, 30, is set to play the secondary Von Nida golf tour in Australia and is hoping for invitations into the bigger events such as the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne in February.
He also said he could try to gain a players' card for the Asian circuit, but added that his game was not yet good enough to move to the European tour.
Queenslander Gavin Flint and Darren Beck from New South Wales finished joint winners of the Tour School event.
Flint fired a final-round seven under par 65 to finish 12 under for the tournament, while Beck shot a 66.
Seven shots back in third place was Nevin Basic from NSW with Canberran Andrew McKenzie fourth.
Former US Amateur champion Nick Flanagan had a shaky finish but managed comfortably to win his pro card.
Flanagan fired a final round 78 after earlier rounds of 72-70-72.
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