Australian Amateur fields set
BY Bruce Young | Amateur Golf Tour | 2014 Australian Amateur Championship | Preview | 13 Jan 2014
The Australian Amateur Championships for both men and women begin in Adelaide on Tuesday January 14th, the Grange Golf Club’s East and West Courses providing the perfect facility to stage such a large event.
The event begins with the first of two rounds following which the leading 32 players in the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship from an original field of 72 will advance to the match play phase.
216 players will play the opening two rounds of the Men’s Amateur Championship with the leading 64 players advancing to the match play.
The women’s field is head in terms of world amateur ranking by Victorian Su Hyun Oh although the world number five Minjee Lee is the defending champion and is expected to do well.
Hannah Green, Grace Lennon and Hayley Bettencourt are also expected to do well if the favourites falter.
In the men’s field the recent winner of the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, Lee Chang woo will start as one of the favourites. Lee will play the Masters in 2014 courtesy of his win in China. The 19 year old also won an event on the Korean Tour last year and finished in a share of second position with Rory McIlory at the Korean Open.
Queenslander, Taylor Macdonald, South Australian Chris Brown and Victorian Ryan Ruffles are the leading Australian ranked amateurs in the field although players such as recent Master of the Amateurs winner, Simon Viitakangas, Lucas Herbert, Jarryd Felton, Geoff Drakeford, Anthony Murdaca, Cameron Davis, Daniel Hoeve and Jordan Zunic are also considered chances amongst the locals.
Others who could also do well are the runner-up to Lee at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship, Shohei Hasegawa, and the Chinese teenagers Dou Zecheng and Wocheng Ye.