NSW Amateur celebrates 100th year
BY iseekgolf.com | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2007 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Preview | 23 Jan 2007
The oldest event on the NSW golfing calendar celebrates its 100th playing this year.
Previous winners have included legends such as Jim Ferrier, Ivo Whitton, Eric Apperly, Alan Waterson pre World War II and post war Harry Berwick, Bruce Devlin, Ted Ball, Phil Billings, Tony Gresham, Brett Ogle, Peter O’Malley and Brendan Jones.
In 2006 Won Joon Lee took out the Medal and Amateur double which only a few have achieved in the tournament’s history.
The event will commence on Saturday, 3rd February with a strong contingent of local and international players lining up in the competition. Lee won’t be back to defend his title after recently turning professional leaving the door wide open for a new State Amateur Champion.
Favourites amongst the New South Wales players will be 2006 Australian Amateur Champion Tim Stewart (Monash) and fellow National Squad members Rohan Blizard (NSW), Rudi Buzuidenhout (Belmont), Jamie Arnold (Cronulla) and Richie Gallichan (Toukley).
Other contenders include state and colts representatives Lester Peterson (Bardwell Valley), Michael Raseta (Mona Vale), Justin Roach (Bonnie Doon) and Scott Arnold (Cronulla), as well 2006 World Junior Champion Matthew Giles (Cronulla)
The tournament will also feature a number of international players from England, Wales, New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, South Korea and Zimbabwe.
Former British Amateur Champion Gary Wolstenholme from England who won the NSW Medal Championship in 2005 will again be a strong contender amongst the Internationals, along with English teammates Jason Palmer, who won the Italian Amateur 2006 and was a quarterfinalist in both the Spanish and British Amateur Championships in 2006.
Others in contention are Matthew Cryer, runner up in the Russian Open last year and Semi finalist in the English and Italian Amateur Championships; David Horsey, winner of Lee Westwood Trophy 2006 and West of England Strokeplay Championships 2006; and Steven Lewton, member of the all American Golf Team for 2006 and 2007 and runner up in 2006 European Amateur. Top ranked Welsh players Steven McEwan and Brian Fotheringham will also be contenders from the international contingent.
The NSW Medal will commence on Saturday, 3rd February with half of the field playing stroke play at Cromer Golf Club and the other half at Mona Vale Golf Club. The players will then swap courses for the second round on Sunday after which a cut will be made with the top 60 players plus ties contesting the final 36 holes on Monday at Mona Vale Golf Club.
At the conclusion of the Medal the top 32 players will qualify for the NSW Amateur Championship, which follows a 36 holes knockout match play format for five days, beginning on Wednesday, 7th February at Terrey Hills Golf Club and concluding on Sunday, 11th February.
- 3-5 February
- Mona Vale Golf Club and Cromer Golf Club
- 72 holes stroke play with a cut after 36 holes
- 7-11 February
- Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club
- The leading 32 players from stroke play will qualify for elimination match play
Source – NSWGA