Lee to take on Brown in the NSW Amateur
BY iseekgolf.com | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2005 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Round Three | 12 Feb 2005
Many predicted the final of the NSW Amateur Championship would come down to the two in form amateurs, Won Joon Lee from Concord Golf Club and Mitchell Brown from Bankstown Golf Club.
The two 19-year-olds will line up tomorrow at the newly revamped Elanora Country Club with Brown appearing in his second final in as many years. Such is the praise for the Elanora layout the final is sure to produce some splendid golf.
In today’s first semi-final, Won Joon Lee was nothing short of spectacular, disposing of Tim Dykes from Wales 6/4.
Lee continually nailed the middle of the fairways on the tight Elanora layout, confirming his reputation as one of the longest hitters in the amateur ranks as he managed to reached the testing par 5’s in two. Lee never gave Dykes a look in during the match, his consistency with his medium irons in hitting the centre of the greens placing too much pressure on the young Welsh international.
Lee probably heads into tomorrow’s final as the in form player.
The second semi-final between AGU National Squad member Mitchell Brown and Rohan Blizard from NSW Golf Club was battled out in stark contrast to the Lee/Dyks affair.
Brown was required to dig deep into his reserves numerous times during his epic battle with Blizard, which concluded in Brown’s favour on the 37th hole.
Blizard was quick out of the box in the first 18 holes, reaching 3 up after 13 in the morning and looked composed and confident during the first match. His strong iron play placed considerable pressure on Brown, resulting in a number of uncharacteristic wayward drives from the Brown driver.
Both players have strong credentials leading into the final.
Brown heads into his second NSW Amateur Championship final in as many years and recent strong form in finishing equal second at the Lake Macquarie International Amateur illustrates Brown will not be an easy opponent for Lee.
Lee was the Korean Amateur Champion in 2004 and paired with Peter Lonard in the final paring in the NSW Open recently at Liverpool Golf Club and finished the tournament as the leading amateur.
Sentimental favorite would have to be Brown. He has been there before, but fell short to the likes of new professional Gavin Flint. Lee appears the strongest by way of current form. One thing in Brown’s advantage will be the tremendous lift he would have received today in snatching the win from Blizard.
Photo – Anthony Powter