Mitch Krywulycz said he never felt pressure Friday in The Sedgefield Classic in Greensboro, N.C.
Holding a four-shot lead entering the final round, the former Augusta State standout closed with 4-under-par 66 for a 12-under total to claim the eGolf Professional Tour event by nine shots.
“That’s about as good as I can play,” the 25-year-old Krywulycz said. “I guess I just play well this time of year.
“I felt really at ease out there.”
Krywulycz said he doesn’t feel pressure in professional golf tournaments, not after helping Augusta State win two NCAA Division I national titles in 2010 and 2011. In the championship match in 2010, Krywulycz secured the clinching point for the Jaguars after rallying from a four-hole deficit with seven to play to defeat Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway on the first hole of sudden death.
The red-headed Aussie also defeated Georgia’s Hudson Swafford in a key match in the 2011 finals.
“We all thought we’d never get another chance at winning a national championship,” Krywulycz said. “In pro golf, there’s always next week.”
After opening with 67-65 in The Sedgefield Classic, Krywulycz said his only concern was finding fairways.
With his first professional victory, Krywulycz collected $15,000. Also, he climbed to eighth on the tour’s money list with almost $24,000 in 10 events.
Krywulycz credited a pulled oblique muscle three weeks ago for better driving accuracy – a problem of his at times on the eGolf Tour. He has played through the injury, electing to rest it by sitting out practice rounds. Now, his bad drives go in the rough instead of in someone’s backyard.
“I just swing a lot easier, because I can’t really get through my left side,” he said.
Krywulycz has a U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday in Memphis, Tenn. After that, he plans to play in some Web.com Monday qualifiers to try to move up to the next level while also playing on the eGolf Tour.