CALEB Perry is eyeing professional golf events both in Australia and overseas after winning his first international competition.
The Warrnambool amateur credited the support and advice from his grandfather Terry Beasley and father Daryl Perry after winning the Vietnam Junior Open at the The Bluffs on Sunday.
Perry, 18, fired an equal par 71 to finish the three-round tournament two shots clear.
A second overseas event – the New Zealand amateur – is on the cards as is a potential return to Vietnam in December for his professional tournament debut.
He’s already secured a berth in another pro competition, the Victorian Open, in January.
Perry said his victory in the Vietnam Junior Open was “just on another level”.
“I was so happy to come away with it because there was so many good international players playing in this event and I managed just to pip them off,” he said.
“It means so much, everyone who has helped me out and all the hard work is paying off.
“My Pop still gives advice to me. It is so much on the mental game and relaxing. I have never ever heard him say something negative to me, it’s always positive.”
Perry called on his grandfather’s words of wisdom as he navigated tricky conditions at the Ho Tram Strip course.
He finished six-over par for the tournament.
“The course is one of the hardest courses I reckon I will ever play,” Perry said.
“I am sure there will be harder ones but the way it played – where the pins were, the wind and rain. Play got suspended because you couldn’t actually stay still on the ground.
“I was focusing on positive things and keeping the flow going.
“Rhythm is the biggest thing for me on these golf courses. Pop’s always said that, ‘find your rhythm and go with it’. That’s what I did and it worked.”
Perry said he was excited to to share the moment with the Terang-based Beasley.
“Me and him have had so many practice sessions together,” he said.
“We were talking about this before we went away and we were hoping for a top-25 (finish) but a win is just ridiculous. I can’t wait to see him when I get back home.”
Perry, who also thanked Titleist Vietnam’s Lars Holden for the invite and Warrnambool clubmates Dale Cook and Dan Oakley for their support, said he was rapt with his strong finish to the tournament.
“The last round was my best. I was having a really good run early and I managed to get four under through 13 holes and then had a couple of average ones through 14 to 16 and managed to finish off and win by two which was great,” he said.
“I adjusted really well to the course. Everything is in yards and we had to check and adjust to metres and that was really tricky and I thought I did well to do that.”
Perry will now spend a few days travelling in Vietnam before returning to Australia.
“It’s a madhouse. I love it here. Everyone is overtaking – you reckon you’re going to drive into a bus and then they swerve. It’s just crazy but I love it here,” he said.