Lismore local wins Workers Golf Club Pro-Am
Brazel blitzed the field with a 62, four shots clear of Justin Maker and Paul Williamson, who tied with four-under-par rounds of 66.
"It's awesome," he said, clearly elated with the victory.
"Your home pro-am is probably the hardest one to win. You'd think you'd have a home course advantage but there's a lot more pressure too. I've been trying for a few years ... it all clicked today."
The win came in Brazel's first competition since returning from a four-month lay-off with a back injury.
"Last Tuesday was the first time I'd swung a club (since the injury)," he said. "I played nine holes and pulled up all right but I wasn't even sure if I'd play."
Club professional Peter Jaeger said it was the first time a Lismore local had won the event.
"I'm really stoked for him," Jaeger said, himself finishing with a five-over 77.
"He practises hard but hasn't had much luck this year with a couple of injuries. For him to come and win is great. The big thing is the exemption (that allows him to play in any Australian pro-am for the next year) and the confidence he'll take from it."
Brazel, who has been playing on the Hooters tour in the US, recorded five birdies, two eagles and a bogey in his record-breaking round.
"I was three under through the turn and from there I just hit some really good shots," he said.
"I didn"t do much wrong. It's a bit of redemption (from underperforming in the tournament last year)."
After spending the past two months on the Northern Rivers, Brazel said he would wait to see how his back responded to work before returning to the US.
"I think my back is fully recovered," he said.
"I'd like to get back for Q-School but I'll have to wait and see."
But he said the win yesterday was something he would savour for a long time.
"There are a lot of people playing here who I've played with before," he said.
"That's the big thing about winning here."
Brazel received about $5000 for his efforts which he said would be used to help pay the bills.
Event drawcard Peter Senior shot a one-under 69 to finish equal 13th, one shot clear of Terry Price.
Ozzie Moore carded a one-over-par 72.
Brazel will be playing for back-to-back pro-ams when he heads to the Casino event today.
The Casino Golf Club pro-am is expected to attract about 45 professionals.