Holland, a member at nearby Royal Melbourne, managed to defeat fellow Victorian Aaron Binyon 2 up in the Super 6s knockout finale of the day after both carded superb rounds of one-under-par 71.

Faced with conditions described by tournament founder Ewan Porter as “treacherous” with a maximum of 13˚ and winds gusting up to 40-50 km/h, as well as intermittent showers, Holland was in control early, compiling a front nine of three-under with four birdies.

However, two bogies at the 10th and 17th gave the chasing pack a chance, Binyon’s back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th giving him the opportunity to qualify in top spot for the match play, before bogies at 16 and 17 saw him card a very respectable 71.

Holland’s win would typically earn him an exemption into the Tour Final at Royal Melbourne later this year, however the winner of the junior section at the The Players Series Rosebud is college bound in August to start his studies at the University of Colorado, meaning Binyon receives the spot.

Metropolitan member Jeneath Wong had the best round of the day on the girls’ side, finishing with an even par 74 to best fellow Victorian Molly McLean by a solitary stroke.

McLean’s performance elevating her to the top of the season long points race above previous leader Brie Mapanao.

Despite struggling to a four-over round of 76 in the tough conditions, New South Welshman Jeffrey Guan remains on top of the boys’ standings with a healthy lead.