The qualifying mark Tuesday came as a relief for NSW State team captain James Grierson. Ironically, it was the first time in several attempts that he had made it to the matchplay rounds at the NSW Amateur.
“It’s been a long day but I’m happy. It’s always nice to get the first couple of matches out of the way.
“This tournament has been a monkey on my back. It’s nice to take it off,” Grierson beamed after dispatching the well regarded West Australian, Josh Greer, 2&1.
Earlier, Grierson had got his ‘first’ win in the NSW amateur against up-and-coming Newcastle junior Jacob Dundas, 5&3. Greer, however, was a far tougher opponent.
“Josh played good. He holed a lot of putts, and I had to hit a lot of good shots. I’m glad to have pulled the win off.”
Grierson is pretty happy with his golf this week, some mental work and confidence in his long game is beginning to pay dividends.
“I’ve been working hard, and it’s nice to have some confidence. The work I have done mentally is helping, so it feels nice.”
As for tomorrow. Grierson is looking forward to going even deeper into the knockout rounds of the tournament.
“I love playing match play and looking forward to whoever I have got next,” he added.