Murray Martin wins Aust Senior Amateur
BY Bruce Young | 05 Sep 2013
New Zealand golfer, Murray Martin, held off a strong early challenge on day three of the Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Queensland in Brisbane today to go on and win the event by a massive six shots over the defending champion Samuel Christie and Martin’s fellow New Zealander Frank Borren.
Although not as strong as they had been in the opening two rounds, the winds were to still make the exposed Royal Queensland layout, adjacent to the Brisbane River, demanding.
Martin had started the final round four shots clear of Borren but the man who made things a little uncomfortable for the eventual winner early on day three would be New South Welshman, Paul Maslen, who began the day five behind the lead but by the turn had drawn level with Martin.
They were one clear of Borren who had birdied two holes late in his opening nine holes today to be very much in contention.
Maslen, from the Concord Golf Club in Sydney, struggled through his closing nine holes while Martin established a winning break when he birdied the 12th and 15th holes. It was then left to Indooroopilly Golf Club’s Christie and Borren, from the New Plymouth Golf Club, to fight it out for the runner-up position.
Christie recorded the best round of the week in today’s third and final round ( a 71) to eventually share second position.
Yet another New Zealander Michael Leitch finished 4th along with Maslen.