Gering native Austin Miller gained his first professional championship Sunday by carding an eight under par 64 in the final round to come from five strokes back and win the 2016 Oregon Trail Pro-Am golf tournament at the Scotts Bluff county Club. Miller won $10,000 for gaining the victory.
Miller’s 12 under total was two strokes better than the score posted by third round leader Jim Knous of Englewood, Colorado. It is the first win for Miller since his 2008 state high school championship and he admitted it is “pretty special to get it in front of all the family and friends that have supported me.”
Miller told KNEB Sports he was” in a zone” on the front nine where he shot a 30, including five straight birdies on holes two through six. The two were tied after Knous birdied the par three 17th hole fter hitting his tee shot two feet from the hole. But Miller said after both men hit left on the 18th hole he had a shot to reach the green but Knous did not and eventually bogeyed. Miller’s par won the tournament.
Miller said “anytime you win you need luck and fortunately for me luck was on my side today.”
Austin, who works at PGA West in LaQuinta, California, said the win has “made all the hard work worth it” and given him confidence to move forward as he chases his dream of qualifying for the PGA tour.
Austin said he is hoping to register to play in the Nebraska Open in a couple weeks