September 25, 2021
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
MURRAY OPEN: Armstrong takes giant leap in young pro career

MURRAY OPEN: Armstrong takes giant leap in young pro career

It was a win for the ages, and for Josh Armstrong its also a memorable one for all the right reasons.

Armstrong remained resolute on a day of fluctuating fortunes in the final round of the Murray Open at Corowa Golf Club to claim victory in the inaugural Murray Open.

Armstrong’s two round total of 132, which included a course record 63 on the opening day one of his best performances in recent years.

Armstrong Josh HR 20210217Murray Regional OPen Rd2 486
Armstrong is congratulated by his girlfriend Doey Choi after his win.

In the end, the winning margin was one from a gallant Daniel Fox, with the third player in the group, Charlie Dann, another shot away in outright third.

For the Concord Golf Club Champion, just months into his pro career, the stellar performance has also locked away a start in the NSW Open – at his home club.

“It was good fun out there,” Armstrong grinned.

“I’m not going to lie, It was a little sloppy, through the first few holes on the backline, I was missing every fairways and I had to scramble a few times.

“The Eagle on 15th really helped me, so I’m very happy.

Armstrong admitted it was a new experience playing under pressure as a fully fledged professional.

“It felt a bit different, not going to lie.

“My motto for the last couple of days was to try and enjoy it while I could, and it worked pretty well, so I’ll keep doing it.”

With the win, Armstrong has secured his place in the NSW Open at Concord, and with his clear home course advantage, it’s a tournament start he is going to relish

“it’s good especially as it’s my home track as well. Its’ another good positive out of the last couple of days,” he grinned.

Although a small consolation, Armstong’s playing partners in the final Group, Daniel Fox and Charlie Dann, also both secured starts in the $400,000 NSW Open to be played at Concord Golf Club next month.

Daniel Fox Leads by three midway through the final round at Corowa

3.45pm: Crafty Fox Leads By three

Daniel Fox is looming as the player to beat, extending his lead to three shots as the players make their way through the back nine.

The Western Australian has just birdied the par five 11th and the par three 12th to get to 14 under, establishing a three shot buffer over his playing partner Josh Armstrong. The third player in the group, Charlie Dann drooped a shot on the 10th, however pulled one back with a birdie at the par three 12th. He is at nine under.

Daniel Gale has a lot of work in front of him after dropping a shot at the reachable par five 11th. his is at nine under.

Gale Daniel HR 20210217Murray Regional OPen Rd2 299
Daniel Gale is three under thru nine holes in the final round

2.50pm: Gale making a move

Daniel Gale is making a move midway through the second round of the Murray Regional Open.

The Castle Hill Tyro is currently at nine under after nine holes, and just three shots back leader Daniel Fox.

Co-leaders at the start of play, Josh Armstong and Charlie Dann, are at 11 under and 10 under respectively nearing the halfway point.

Daniel Fox got the final group away this afternoon at Corowa

12.40pm: Leaders on Course

The leading groups are on course in the final round of the Murray Region Open.

The leaders hit the course at 12.40pm. Daniel Fox led the last group away, the West Australian sits one shot back of overnight leaders, Charlie Dann and Josh Armstrong.

2400 20210217Murrray Regional Open Rd2006
The final Round of the Murray regional Open is underway

7.30am: Final Round Underway

Day one in the books and day two is underway here at Corowa in the final round of the Murray Open. The early starters already out and knocking a bit of the dew from the greens on another sensational day for golf.

With the top half of the field set to tee off around 11.20, interest will be in whether one of the young guns looking for a first win to claim a victory, or whether an established professional will swoop in and take the spoils.

Leaders:

-10 Armstrong, Dann
-9 Fox
-7 Davis
-6 Purtill, Gale, Choi, Wilkin

What more could be said about yesterday’s opening round here at Corowa? 

Course records for both the men and women, with Queensland’s Charlie Dann setting a new low mark at 10-under. However, it didn’t take long, and within the hour, Canberra’s Josh Armstong had equalled the mark. 

More to Explore:

Not to be outdone, and in her debut pro event, Concord’s Doey Choi chimed in, setting the women’s course record with a 67.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a mostly sunny day, with a very slight chance of rain, top temperature will be a warm 32, so if you’re thinking of heading out, pack some sunscreen and a bottle of water.

If not remember to follow all the happenings, scores and updates here at www.nswopen.com

© Golf NSW | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED