Matt Lister wins W.E. Alexander Tournament 2015 after entering at last minute

Former n PGA Championship winner Col Johnson, left, with Matt Lister on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMEREWETHER golfer Matt Lister was not going to compete in his first W.E. Alexander tournament until the day before the event.

Now the 28-year-old is excited about the prospect of competing against some of the best up-and-coming players in the world in the Lake Macquarie Amateur in January after winning the Waratah Golf Club’s Vardon marquee event on Sunday.

Lister showed composure to par the closing holes and earn a one-shot win over 36 holes with a one-under 141.

He shot 71 on Saturday and 70 on Sunday to beat Charlestown’s Izzy Melia and Dubbo’s Matt Egan, who both carded 142. Waratah’s Ben Hillard had 144, along with David Cook.

Playing off a minus-one handicap, Lister made a late decision to try his luck in the W.E. Alexander as he builds back into regular competition golf after a period of playing sparingly because of work and other commitments.

“I only decided to play on Friday,” Lister said.

“I’ve just started getting back into it, and I wanted to start playing these types of events.

“I tried once before at the Moss Vale and Long Reef amateurs.

“It rained and I had no wet-weather gear and I shot hundreds, so I thought it was time to give it a go again.

“It just happened to work well. I hit it well and I’m really happy with it.”

Traditionally, the W.E. Alexander winner gains exemption into the Lake Macquarie Amateur, which attracts aspiring professionals from all over the world each year.

“It will be good to play in that for the first time,” Lister said.

“But other than that we’ve got our club championships in November, and that’s why I’ve been getting back into it.

“The last month I’ve been playing every Saturday, which has helped to get some consistency back.”

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