Round one of the 2021 NSW Amateur will get underway at 7.00am tomorrow at Magenta shores golf resort.
Medallist Jeffrey Guan will face off abasing Ali Rachid, who was part of a nail-biting three for seven playoff to decide the final spots in the match play field.
Kelsey Bennett will be looking to go one better than her 2020 runners up finish to Grace Kim in the women. She will also face a sudden death qualifier, Madison Woodley from Concord.
6.30pm: Guan Claims Medallist Honours at Magenta
It was a little harder than he anticipated, but Jeffrey Guan has claimed Medallist honours at the Magenta Shores Golf Resort.
Guan’s one over par 73 was more than good enough to take the title by five shots on an afternoon where more than a few players’ chances were blown away in the strengthening north-easterly which arrived a little later than expected.
And as the wind got stronger, it was Guan showing a mastery of his ball flight and spin control who fared best, all but leaving the field in his wake.
“It was very tough today. It was very windy. The last nine holes it was just about getting it into the fairway.
“It was a good feeling to finish with a birdie,” Guan smiled post-round.
With three major wins in almost as many weeks, Guan was at a loss to describe where his golf game’s magic dust was coming from. He was, however, hoping for it to continue beginning with tomorrow’s match play rounds.
“I’m putting great and striping it from the tee.
“Match play is all about seeing where your opponent is going, so it will be all about attacking the pins and just playing safe when I have to.
“I’ve gained a lot from (Pennant), and I’m keen to bring it this week,
I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” he added.
-6: Jeffrey Guan (The Australian)
-1: Hayden Gulliver (Maitland)
+1: Jonathan Boediman (The Australian)
+2: Daley Loumanis (St. Michael’s), Jordan Garner (St. Michael’s)
+3:Billy Flanagan (Coffs Harbour)
+4: Luke Ferrier (Merewether), Blake Phillips (Concord), Daniel Kolar (St. Michael’s)
+5: Wu Chun-Ta (Long Reef), Andrew Richards ( Pennant Hills), Ed Procter (Royal Sydney), Chris Campbell (Port Kembla), Thomas Heaton (The Australian), Mark Hale (Mudgee), Kieren Jones (Shelly Beach)
+7: Weiliang Wang (St. Michael’s), Jack Phillips (Concord)
+8: Jackson Rogan (Bonnie Doon), Keegan Phillips (Toukley), Jordan Mackay (Monash), Riley Millers (Avondale)
+9: Bryce Pickin (Avondale), Beau Willett (Toukley,) Jones Comerford (Bonnie Doon), Corey Lamb (The Vintage), Jackson Bugdalski (Castle Hill), Jye Pickin (Avondale)
+10 John Renshaw (Northbridge), Zac Telfer (Monash)
+11 Harrison Crowe (St. Michael’s), Luke Edgell (Long Reef), Lucas Higgins (Murwillumbah), Coby Carruthers (Dunheved), Luke Shahmatov (Fox Hills) Lachlan Jones (Concord), Ali Rachid (NSW GC), Joshua Fuller (The Vintage)
5.30pm: Kelsey claims Women’s Strokeplay crown
St. Michael’s Kelsey Bennett has put on a mini masterclass at Kooindah Waters today, carding a three-under 69 in sweltering conditions to claim the 36-hole women’s strokeplay championship.
The Mollymook-based tyro led at every turn to win by four shots from defending Women’s Amateur Champion Grace Kim, and overnight co-leader Claire Shin from Twin Creeks.
Bennett made her intentions clear from the outset, birdie her first hole, the tenth, to grab an immediate two-shot lead.
She added another birdie on the par-four 13th, and despite two bogies on the 14th and 16th, turned for home at even par with a two-shot lead.
Bennett all but ensured the women’s title was in her keeping with an eagle on the first (her 10th) to get to three under, before her final birdie of the day on the 8th put the result out of doubt.
Final Scores Women:
-4: Kelsey Bennett (St. Michael’s)
E: Grace Kim (Avondale), Claire Shin ( Twin Creeks)
+6: June Song (Avondale)
+7: Sophie Yip (Concord), Stefanie Hall (The Australian)
+8: Ella Scaysbrook (Newcastle), Belinda Ji (Concord)
+9: Brielle Mapanao (The Australian)
+12: Ashleigh Arnold (Bonnie Doon)
+13: Michelle Moon ( NSW GC), Yerin Kim (Strathfield)
+15: Chaewon Lee ( Glenmore), Alena Oppenheimer (Bonnie Doon)
+16: Michelle Di Natale (NSW GC)
+17: Annika Boyd ( Toukley), Jueun Jang( Toulkley), Madison Woodley (Concord)
1.20pm: Hayden hangs tough as Magenta bares its teeth
Maitland’s Hayden Gulliver has consolidated his opening round 68 with a battling three over 75 this morning as Magenta Shores bared its teeth.
With no one able to better par in the morning half of the draw, Gulliver’s effort to remain in red figures for the championship was a solid effort.
With just the hint of wind greeting the field as they hit off, Gulliver, in the last group of the morning, looked like he was ready to take advantage of the benign conditions.
Two birdies in his opening four holes saw him get to six under, but when the predicted breeze arrived, the Magenta course suddenly had some bite.
A bogey on 15 was not the worst, but when the 24-year-old turned for home, things got a whole lot more interesting. Bogeys on the 1st and 5th and a double on the 3rd saw Gulliver’s bright start evaporate, but four solid pars to finish was all he needed to remain under par.
“It was very tough out there.
“The wind was up a bit; it was hard.
“I hung in there, but still pretty happy with the whole two days,” Gulliver said post-round.
Finishing in red figures was beyond Gulliver’s expectations for the week, admitting his goal was simply to make the match play.
“I was happy to just make the match play pretty much. But I knew I was playing well. Hopefully I can keep the form going.”
Among the spoils for the NSW Amateur Champion is a start in the 2021 NSW Open Championship. For most of the field playing this week, qualification for the Open is a serious goal.
Gulliver, however, has been there, done that, winning his place into the Open field through a Regional Qualifying event at Thurgoona back in 2018.
“I beat Zach Murray that week by about ten shots.”
“Look where he is now, and here I am,” he grinned. “I would love to bring that form into the match play this week.”
12.30pm: Bolter Boediman makes his move
Jonathan Boediman has made a move, carding one of the rounds of the day at Magenta Shores Golf Resort.
On a morning where conditions got progressively harder, The Australian Golf Club representative’s even-par 72 was easily the best of the early half of the draw.
And it could’ve been a whole lot better for the 17-year-old, except for an unfortunate double-bogey seven on the par-five 2nd.
“I teed off the 10th, and there was no wind, nothing.
“I hit greens, didn’t miss many, but the back nine, I struggled a bit.”
“I just kept a cool head and kept hitting greens and two putting.
“I didn’t want to get angry. I knew I had to stay cool, stay focused,” the year 12 student at Marist College Kogarah said.
Boediman admitted seeing his name near the top of the leaderboard had an unfamiliar feel to it, but one he was happy to see.
“This is a first for me. I’m usually a top 15, top 20 player, not really close. This a first for me in this position.”
Safe in the knowledge he will advance to the match play, Boediman said he was going to be up for the challenge.
“Im really looking forward to the match play. I love match play,” he smiled.
7.30am: NSW Am – Rd Two Underway
Grab a lamb chop, it’s Australia Day, and round two of the NSW Amateur is underway at Magenta Shores Resort and Kooindah Waters Golf Club.
With some fantastic scores returned by the men at Kooindah, attention will now turn to how well they can tame the fearsome Magenta Shores layout.
Leader Jeffrey Guan will face a different challenge to those he faced in yesterday at Kooindah with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting an expected maximum temperature of 36 degrees and winds for the north-east at around 35km/h for the afternoon.
Maitland’s Hayden Gulliver carded the second best round of the day yesterday, a four under 68, to be three back of the teenage sensation. Gulliver will get the advantage of the more benign morning conditions here at Magenta.
The women head to Kooindah Waters today, with leaders Claire Shin and Kelsey Bennett looking to claim the stroke play crown. Tracking them, however, is the defending amateur champ Grace Kim just a shot back.