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Hodgson played at No 2 in the Otago men’s team in the Toro tournament in December and his best performance was gaining 480 points in the Queenstown Open tournament.
His efforts have gained him funding of $700, which he can use for tournament entry fees, travel and accommodation this year.
Cromwell’s Inia Logan was second, just 3.4 points behind and will receive funding of $550 to support his golf this year.
Logan spent the winter months in Australia and only competed in six of the listed tournaments, although his total points are still divided by the minimum of eight.
His tally was boosted when he was runner-up in the coveted Queensland amateur, which attracted a top field.
New Zealand left-handed champion Ben Patston (Otago) came in third, followed by Michael Ormandy (Otago) and Ryan Bellamy (St Clair).
These three receive funding of $350, $250 and $150 respectively from the pool of $2000 for their golfing exploits In 2018.
Duncan Croudis (Otago) came 10th, with an average of 66.7 points, although he only competed in three events.
Croudis had to wait until he regained his amateur status in October and missed the majority of qualifying events.