Phillips Seizes Victory at Victorian Amateur

Blake Phillips from Concord has been crowned the five-month delayed 2023 Victorian Amateur Champion alongside Imogen Jessen from Kooyonga at Victoria Golf Club today.

The tournament was delayed from early December 2023 due to a course availability issue.

Twenty-one-year-old Phillips from North Ryde beat Kingston Heath’s Abel Eduard 1-up at the 18th hole for “by far” his biggest title and his first state championship.

“It’s a pretty cool experience, definitely something I’ll never forget,” he said afterward.

It was a rollercoaster ride in the final. The New South Welshman was 4-up through eight holes, then Eduard began to reel him in. At the par-3 14th hole Phillips went left into a greenside trap and took two to exit the sand, then he three-putted the 15th and it was all square, the momentum firmly with the Victorian.

Phillips had to dig deep, and the presence of his PGA Professional father Glenn (currently general manager at Strathfield Golf Club in Sydney) on his bag began to have an impact.

“I lost it there for a bit,” he said. “I had a talk with my dad. I mean, we were 4-down for the back nine but even for the match, so we were still in it. I had to go out and play my game plan and not worry about what he (Eduard) was doing and fortunately, it came off.”

At the par-3 16th Eduard found a greenside trap, flew his bunker shot on to and then over the green, and a double bogey saw him concede the hole. At the 17th, the Victorian messed up two chips and conceded again to go 1-down.

Only needing to half the par-5 18th for the victory, Phillips hit a 350-metre drive over the hill and a wedge to 20 feet, leaving Eduard, who was bunkered to the right, needing a miracle. A conceded birdie for the Concord member was enough for the win.

It would seem the Concord member is on a winning streak. Just over a week ago, he clinched a victory at a NextGen Amateur event in Sydney, and five weeks prior, he made a decisive putt at Concord’s Golf NSW Pennant final. This shot secured the club’s first division one title in 73 years.

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