Blues Stars Lead the Avondale Amateur

Kassidy Rogan
January 24, 2024

Blues Stars Declan O’Donovan and Michelle Bang lead the Men’s and Women’s divisions of Avondale Amateur heading into tomorrow’s final round.

O’Donovan, a member of the triumphant 2023 NSW Interstate Team, showcased his home course knowledge by carding an impressive five under par 66 in the scorching afternoon heat.

“I’m feeling very good. I started off a little slow with a couple bad putts, but I had a couple of good shots on par fives to keep me going,” he said.

“Then on nine I holed out for par from 50 metres and that boosted me into the back nine where I birdied some of the toughest holes on the course and played some really consistent golf.”

The 20-year-old Avondale member, who trailed Queensland’s Billy Dowling by just one shot at the start of the day, now holds a commanding six-shot lead over his competitors.

“I wasn’t really looking at the scores at all. I was just playing golf, playing with Billy and Jye, and they were a lot of fun.”

O’Donovan says the Avondale Amateur is a tournament he wants to win more than anything else, and with victory almost within his grasp he did admit there were a few butterflies about.

“I’m definitely nervous, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I’m just going to play golf tomorrow and see what happens. One shot at a time”

Sitting in equal second on five under par is Ali Rachid of New South Wales GC, Jordan Doull of Mount Lawley and St. Michael’s Jeff Pullen.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s Avondale Bowl, 17-year-old sensation Michelle Bang continued to shine, firing an impressive seven birdies in her four-under par round of 69.

“I felt really good today. Shyla (Singh) was chasing me so fast,” she said.

“My putting was better than day one and two, so that helped, and I hit a lot of greens so that was good.”

Intent on maintaining her strong form, Bang is looking forward to the final round.

“I’m feeling really good. Hopefully I can hold the lead and win tomorrow. I’m just going to try and hit as many greens as I can and continue putting like today.”

Sharing second spot in the women’s division are Southport’s Shyla Singh and Royal Adelaide’s Raegan Denton, both on an even score of 219.

The final round will tee off at Avondale Golf Club tomorrow morning.

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