Josh Walden drives into the lead.
Josh Walden drives into the lead.

Josh Walden sinks his opponent to win matchplay final

FEARFUL to relive the past, Josh Walden ensured he played his A-game in the Telstra Matchplay Championship golf grand final in Kingaroy.

Under the unforgiving sun on Saturday, Walden was able to keep a cool head as he teed off against finalist Mark Shoudra.

After Walden was beaten in last year's grand final by Tim Robe, he was determined not to suffer the same fate.

"I felt a lot of pressure coming out just because I didn't want to lose two grand finals in a row," Walden said.

The lush conditions played to Walden's strength after he took the lead from the first hole.

"The golf course is great, especially after the rains we had," he said.

"It's nice and lush."

Walden won the first three holes to set him up for a comfortable 5/4 win.

"Once I got up early it was okay," he said.

"I was one-up after (hole) one."

Despite the heat Walden still opted to push his clubs around the course by foot rather than drive from hole to hole in a cart.

"It's just something I have always done," Walden said.

"At least if you're walking you get time to think of things."

Ahead of next year's major competitions, Walden said he needed to work on his short game.

"I don't hole enough putts," he said.

Shoudra played a lacklustre round after he only managed to score after the third hole.

"I got beaten by a better player on the day," Shoudra said.

"It was too hot to play golf and I was in the buggy."

DEAL SEALED: Josh Walden was ecstatic to win the Telstra Matchplay Championship after he finished runner-up in 2014.
DEAL SEALED: Josh Walden was ecstatic to win the Telstra Matchplay Championship after he finished runner-up in 2014. Keagan Elder

Telstra Matchplay

  • Josh Walden beat Mark Shoudra 5/4
  • The competition ran over eight months after it started in March
  • 62 Kingaroy golfers took part
  • This is the first year Telstra has sponsored the competition.
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