Daniel Augustus rides good form to Moonlight Tour win
Daniel Augustus warmed up for the US Open qualifier next week in the best possible way after recording his first win of the year on the Moonlight Tour in Florida yesterday.
The professional fired a five-under 67 to finish the 18-hole event at the Eagle Dunes Golf Club two shots clear of nearest rival Osten Waite. Hojin Kang finished a further shot back with 70 to round off the top three.
“Today’s round was really straightforward and I am glad the process is getting there,” an elated Augustus told The Royal Gazette. “It’s still not complete but I’m getting there and happy with the way that my game is going.”
Augustus’s excellent round included six birdies, three either side of the turn, and a solitary bogey at the par-three 11th.
“Today’s round in the grand scheme of things is a confidence booster, and that’s important,” he added. “Still have work to do. But I am going to of course cherish today because I won by a couple of shots and continue to trust the process, continue to work and continue to do better.
“I am happy with today but I know there’s more, so I’m not going to settle on today. I have another objective coming up and I need to focus on that.”
That objective is the 18-hole US Open qualifier at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday.
“This is my second US Open qualifier and I will apply the same process I have been all this time,” Augustus said. “It’s just another tournament and I’m not thinking about the outcome. I’m focusing on working as efficiently as I can today and not thinking about my chances.
“When the day comes I will do my best and whatever happens from there happens.”
The US Open qualifier at the par-71 Orange Tree layout is one of 110 qualifying events being held in 43 US states and Canada between April 26 and May 18.
The 121st US Open Championship will be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) in San Diego from June 17 to 20.