WARRNAMBOOL golfer Caleb Perry is one step closer to his dream of becoming a professional golfer.
The teenager booked his ticket to the 2019 Victorian Open with a come-from-behind win at the Westcoast Open Amateur on Sunday.
Perry, 18, was the only player to record an under-par score at his home course on the final day of the 72-hole competition.
His one-under par 71 was enough to edge him to a one-shot win over Victoria Golf Club visitor Antony Majstorovic. Yarra Yarra’s Tim Walker finished three shots off the pace.
“I am very excited. It means a lot, especially in the home town,” Perry said.
“All I wanted to do was get a spot in the Vic Open.
“You grow up and you’re like ‘I want to be a pro’ and those are the things that lead to being a pro.
“It is a pro competition and I am playing as an amateur, so I am very excited for that.”
Perry shot three under-par rounds on his way to victory – carding 70 at Warrnambool on Friday, 71 at Port Fairy on Saturday and 71 at Warrnambool on Sunday.
He fired 75 at Port Fairy in round two, which was also played on Saturday.
“I felt like my first round was my strongest, although my last round here, I felt like I had a solid day,” he said.
“The last round really topped it off for me.
“I just putted well and I chipped OK. Everything was really steady and I just held everything together. I was going after it and I like coming from behind and (playing on your) home track, it’s always an advantage.”
Kilmore visitor Jess Pickwick went back-to-back in the women’s competition, scoring an eight-shot win over Cobram-Barooga’s Steffanie Vogel.
Pickwick’s friend, Warrnambool-based Jo Flaherty, finished third, 12 shots back.
Pickwick, 25, said her two rounds at Port Fairy set up her win. She fired two four-under par 68s at the links course.
“I had a bit of a comfortable lead but around this golf course you can’t really tell what’s going to happen,” she said of the final round.
“The first day I had 77 which is not a very good score. I played really well there (at Port Fairy). I had eight-under for the day.”