April 17, 2024

Swanson, Wooster Bring the Heat at NSW Senior Amateur

High-flying Shelly Beach Golfer James Swanson has surged to a three-shot lead in the Men’s, while in the Women’s, 2022 NSW Senior Amateur Champ, Sue Wooster has a one-shot lead after the opening round of the 2024 Golf NSW Senior Amateur.

Playing in the afternoon half of the draw, Swanson tore around the Longyard layout in an almost faultless display of shotmaking. The 53-year-old knocked in birdies on the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 9th to turn for home in just 32 shots.

Swanson wasn’t finished with the onslaught though, and more red ink was to flow with birdies on 11, 12 and 17 as he reached seven under.

“It was bloody hot out there,” Swanson laughed after his round. “But I kept hitting fairways and greens. It might sound corny, it was one of those days where I holed a few putts, knocked some in close and a few made birdies. It was great.”

Sadly, in a mildly disappointing way to finish, Swanson had to settle for a bogey on this final hole of the day.

“I just made a couple of poor swings coming down the last. It’s alright, though; I had to have one bad score on the card.”

Swanson’s six under 66 was still the day’s best round and by a handy margin. He admitted it was a mark he had been close to several times before but not in competition at this level.

“Six under? I’ve never had it in this sort of event. I’ve had five-under around Shelly Beach, but that was years ago.”

“‘There’s no chance I could’ve seen myself with a lead like this, especially after yesterday’s foursomes.”

Three shots back of the tear-away leader are Royal Sydney’s Adam Cornell and Dunheved’s John Fearnle, who made the most of the early conditions at Tamworth by carding matching three-under-par 67s.

Penrith’s Jeffrey Gadd and Gold Creek’s David Armstrong are sitting in a tie for fourth, with Wyong’s Craig Wickham at minus one after a one-under 71 at Longyard.

In the Women’s 2022, Champ Sue Wooster leads the way from 2020 champion Louise Mullard.

Wooster was a model of consistency around the firm Longyard layout. The two-time US Senior Women’s Amateur finalist rolled in birdies on the 1st, 10th, 11th and 15th, with her only bogey of the day coming on the par-four third. She admitted after her round that her shortgame kept her in the mix.

“I chipped very well today,” she said. ” and I’m looking to continue with some steady golf over the next couple of days.”

After a torrid day in the blazing sun, Wooster said her post-round recovery was going to be vital.

“Plenty of rest and rehydrations to get ready for tomorrow.”

Mullard, for her part, was a model of consistency, keeping her card bogey-free. The Wyong champ will be hoping that a few more putts drop tomorrow in her quest for a second Senior Amateur crown.

Defending Champion Nadene Gole and five-time NSW Mid Amateur Champ Gemma Dooley are three adrift of Mullard at plus-one, with Cathy Stolz (Shelly Beach) and Sharon Thompson (Avondale) another three shots back at plus-four.

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