Arnold still ahead at Belmont
BY Anthony Powter | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2009 Lake Macquarie Amateur | Round Four | 25 Jan 2009
Scott Arnold continues to play faultless golf during the final day the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship with a string of birdies and is at 12-under-par after the front nine to open up a two stroke buffer from local player Brendan Smith.
Scott’s irons have being particularly impressive this morning, nailing his approaches close to the pins to enable birdies opportunities, which Arnold continues to capitalise on.
Smith had reduced Arnold’s one stroke overnight lead with an opening birdie on the 4th, however, Arnold responded with dual birdies on the eight and ninth holes, after Smith missed his birdie putt on the eighth hole.
Englishman Charles Ford has dropped a shot to move to 8-under-par, a stroke ahead of second round leader, Robert Payne.
Last March, Arnold won his maiden National Trial event with the Riversdale Cup in a display of pure determination and nerve to account for Kieran Pratt in a playoff and is ready to add another title to his collection, which already includes the 2006 Hong Kong Open Amateur and the 2007 Riversdale Cup.
Michael Raseta currently has the low round for the day, a 5-under-par, 67, which gives the current NSW Amateur Champion a confidence booster going into the defence of his title next week at Bonnie Doon and Twin Creeks.