April 17, 2024

Mullard, Armstrong the players to beat at Tamworth

2020 Champion Louise Mullard has established a stranglehold on the Women’s Division of the Golf NSW Senior Amateur, while in the Men’s, David Armstrong has a slender one-shot lead following the end of play at Tamworth and Longyard Golf Clubs.

Mullard was the talk of the course following her three-under-par 69, while at Longyard, Armstrong, too, carded the low round of the day, a five-under 67.

In conditions the locals would’ve described as perfect for golf, Mullard made her intentions clear from the outset with birdies on her opening two holes.

A dropped shot on the 12 ( Mullard’s third hole of the day) did little to deter her, and she soon made amends with a handy putt on the par-five 14th to grab it back.

Overnight leader Sue Wooster, playing in the group in front, had a start she would prefer to forget, dropping a shot on her opening hole. It got worse, with a triple bogey following on the 12th ( her third hole) to hand the lead to Mullard. From there, the Wyong gun never looked like giving it up.

Despite a bogey on the 17th, Mullard bounced back with a birdie on 18 to turn two under for the day.

Her second nine was a model of consistency, with five pars in a row. However, a birdie on the sixth was quickly rubbed out by another bogey on the 7th. Mullard, though, wasn’t finished, and she saved her best for last, slamming home a solid 20-footer for birdie on her last hole of the day, the par-three 9th.

” I ddin’t do too much wrong,” the unassuming Mullard smiled. “I was just really happy with how I played.”

When asked about the showtime putt to finish her round, Mullard admitted she wasn’t really hoping to hole the putt but just get it close.

“I was only trying to hit it close enough to make par, and it went in!”

With the lead at a massive eight shots and just one round to play, Mullard wasn’t getting too drawn into any chat about what victory would feel like. Instead, she preferred to talk about how good it felt to be playing well again.

“I’m just happy to be playing well. We’ve had a busy few weeks with events and the Trans Tasman matches, which were lovely to play in.

“I’ll just take tomorrow as it comes and see how I go.”

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David Armstrong watches a shot during the 2024 MNSW Senior Amateur

In the Men’s, Gold Creeks’ David Armstrong and Pentrith’s Jeff Gadd will be the players to beat when the final round gets underway at Tamworth tomorrow afternoon.

The pair, separated by just one shot at seven and six under, respectively, are four shots in front of the defending Champ, Royal Canberra’s Andrew Tharle and overnight leader James Swanson, who are at minus two.

With a six-birdie-one-bogey effort, Armstrong shot the round of the day, a five-under 67, around the firm Longyard layout.

Gadd isn’t all that far behind; The Penrith Golf Club tyro flew home on the back nine at Longyard this afternoon in just thirty shots, with an impressive six birdies and no bogeys. The lead could have been his if it had not been for a three-bogey in four-hole start.

Overnight leader James Swanson had a round he’ll be happy to consign to history. A double and triple bogey did far too much damage for his liking.

Meanwhile, Tharle still has a chance of successfully defending his crown. Like Gadd, the Royal Canberra representative carded a handy four under 68 at Longyard to keep his hopes alive.

The all-important cut for the final round fell at plus 15 for the men, and 96 players are set for tomorrow’s seeded final round.

Plus 34 was the mark for the women, with 44 players set to start in tomorrow’s final round.

With the final round a seeded affair, the first groups will begin play at 7.00 am, with the afternoon flight set to tee off at 11.00 am.

The final group of men, Armstrong, Gadd, and Swanson, will tee off at 12.30 pm from the first tee, followed by the final group of women, Mullard, Wooster, and Dooley, at 12.39 pm.

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