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Tweed golfer makes history as first Aboriginal on US PGA

Scott Gardiner, playing in Raleigh, North Carolina, earlier this year, has finally scored a spot on the US PGA tour.
Scott Gardiner, playing in Raleigh, North Carolina, earlier this year, has finally scored a spot on the US PGA tour. Streeter Lecka

TWEED golfer Scott Gardiner has good reason to be proud, being the first Aboriginal golfer to collect a US PGA Tour card.

But the boy from Banora Point also has members of the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club strutting with pride as they see the mild-mannered 36-year-old achieve a hard-earned dream.

"We are immensely proud and pleased to see his consistent efforts being rewarded," club vice captain Tony Wolsey said.

Mr Gardiner has come frustratingly close to gaining the tour card in the last few years, missing out by just one point in 2010.

A long time member of the club, he is still considered part of the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club.

"I met Scott 12 years ago," Mr Wolsey said.

"He had already established himself as a top amateur in Australia.

"Lots of people saw his potential.

"It's just been a matter of everything finally clicking into place to get the US PGA tour card."

Mr Wolsey describes Scott as a laid back guy.

"His manner on the course is very much the same as it is off the course.

"He's a really nice person and very easy-going.

"Gaining the tour card is the next step up and I'm sure he has the potential to hold his own."

Mr Gardiner joined fellow Australians Cameron Percy and Alistair Presnell in graduating from the secondary web.com tour to golf's richest stage after the trio finished inside the top 25 of the money list following the season-ending Tour Championship.

This promotion has been a long time coming, having finished 30th on the secondary tour money list in 2007 and 2009 and an agonising 26th in 2010 where a late double bogey in the last round left him just over $2000 short of a tour card.

The 2013 US PGA Tour season starts in January.

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