Australian Amateur qualifiers decided

BY Bruce Young | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2012 Australian Amateur Championship | Round Two | 18 Jan 2012

2011 Australian Stroke-play Champion Cameron Smith of Queensland has emerged as the medallist at the Australian Amateur Championship at the completion of qualifying at the Woodlands and Huntingdale Golf Clubs in Melbourne.

18 year old Smith, from Royal Queensland Golf Club and Wantima Country Club in Brisbane, is not only the current Australian Stroke-Play Champion but the Australian Boys Champion.

He won the Australian Stroke-play Championship at nearby Victoria Golf Club last year.

Smith’s second round of 68 at the Woodlands Golf Club today saw him complete his 36 holes in 3 under 141 after his opening round of 73 at Huntingdale yesterday had him four behind the overnight lead.

Last week’s Master of the Amateurs winner, Nathan Holman of Victoria, finished in a share of second with Matthew Wittenberg of New South Wales and Oliver Goss of Western Australia just one shot behind Smith.

While things were tight at the top of the leader-board so too were they at the other end of those fighting for a place amongst the 64 who will do battle in the opening round of the Match Play phase of the event tomorrow at the Woodlands Golf Club.

Twelve players battled in a playoff for one of the final seven positions in the field, those places going to Daniel Buyers, Benedict Staben, John Yim, Daniel Pearce, Christopher-John Harrop, Theodore Coroneo and Chris Winkler.

In tomorrow’s opening round Cameron Smith will play Victoria’s Chris Winkler.

To view men’s scores click here

In the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship it was Victorian Breanna Elliott who led the qualifiers by two over the current Australian Women’s Strokeplay Champion and World number one, Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

The 2011 finalists, Ashlee Dewhurst and Min Jee Lee, finished in a tied for 6th with Lee producing the best round of the opening two days with her round of 69 at Huntingdale today.

Only the leading 32 players have qualified for the Women’s event and will face off in their opening round at the Woodlands Golf Club tomorrow.

Elliott comes up against the 32nd placed qualifier Lauren Sinclair.

To click women’s scores click here

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