Storms delay day one of NSW Amateur Matchplay

BY | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2007 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Round One | 07 Feb 2007
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In a day that contained a few of the normal match play upsets, players enjoyed the magnificent rolling fairways the magnificent Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club in a stiff north easterly wind.

The day later saw two suspensions of play due to violent storms and lightning.

NSW Amateur Medal winner Stephen Lewton (England) succumbed to his wayward putter and the steadiness of young Penrith member Alex Edge to go down 3/2 in the opening round. Edge who was stepping up to this level for the first time proved too solid in their contest.

Paul Blake (The Australian GC) proved too strong for his fellow club member and foursomes partner, World Junior Champion Matthew Giles, by taking out their match 6/5. Blake who is also a member of Terrey Hills led one up after the morning round but then recorded five birdies and a bogey in playing the third nine in 32 to lead 7 up at the 27th. Although Giles recorded a couple of birdies in the final 9 holes he could not narrow the gap any further.

In another major upset Pymble Golf Club Junior Brendan Smith held on to defeat Jamie Arnold (Cronulla GC) 3/2. Smith had led four up at the lunch break and got to 6 up after two holes in the afternoon. However, Arnold came back to win 6 of the next seven holes to be square after twenty seven. Smith seemed then to regain his earlier form and recorded two birdies, a par win and then halve out the rest of the holes before claiming the match.

There were many matches that rollercoasted for most of the day with most of the higher seeded players in those matches going down.

Englishman Matthew Cryer took part in a match with New South Wales member Do Hyung Kim, which looked like Kim’s until they were called off the course with the first delay. On resumption with Cryer on the green in two, Kim left his second in the front bunker and unfortunately took a double bogey to loose the hole and head for the 37th. That was as far as it went with Cryer eagling the par 5 to claim victory.

State representatives Richie Gallichan (Moore Park GC) and Rohan Blizard had comfortable 6/5 and 11/9 wins respectively.

Young Strathfield member, Danny An recorded a fighting win over another of the English visitors, David Horsey, when he sank a five metre putt on the 36th hole to take out the match 1 up.

Our Scottish visitors had no luck in their matches with Steven McEwan going down 6/4 to current Australian Amateur Champion Tim Stewart of Monash Country Club and Bryan Fotheringham, after getting it back to 1 down, lost 3/2 to Pacific GC (QLD ) player Gavin Fairfax.

After the second suspension of play, Justin Roach (Bonnie Doon GC) hung on to record a 1 up victory over youngster Kyle Grant (Mona Vale GC). This match was the closest of the day with both players taking the lead at various stages but never by more than 2 holes.

Daniel Jones (Royal Queensland GC) succeeded in a very topsy turvy match which had wild swings of 4 and 5 holes at a time to one player or the other. He finally defeated the remaining Englishman on the course 2 up after a birdie at the 36th.

At the end of the day one match (Bezuidenhout v Mulley) remained unfinished, being all square at the 36th. The match will resume tomorrow morning at 7.00am.

Photo – Anthony Powter

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