Stewart, Wolstenholme through to NSW Amateur final
BY iseekgolf.com | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2007 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Semi-Finals | 10 Feb 2007
Australia versus England Again.
The finalists of the 2007 NSW Amateur, which will be the 100th running of the tournament, have been decided with current Australian Amateur Champion Tim Stewart (Monash CC) set to meet Gary Wolstenholme of England. The final will be played at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club from 9am tomorrow (11th February), with the second 18 holes of the 36 hole final getting under way at 1.30pm.
Many former winners of the NSW Amateur Championship will be attending a commemorative lunch to celebrate the occasion, renew old acquaintances and watch the final tomorrow.
Gary Wolstenholme recorded a 5 & 4 win over Scott Arnold (NSWGC). Scott got off to a good start and led Wolstenholme until the 16th hole, the lead though never being more than two holes.
Wolstenholme, who turned his ankle at the 17th hole, had to seek an ice pack during the break, which seemed to do the trick. After lunch Wolstenholme, who led one up at the break, jumped to a lead of three holes and extended that to four by the 27th hole. Although Arnold won the odd hole, Wolstenholme was able to see out the victory when he halved the par 5 14th hole.
Wolstenholme will try and reverse last year’s result in which he went down to Won Joon Lee at the 37th. He would like to achieve a win here as he has been making the trip for a number of years.
The quiet and unassuming Stewart took a long time in overcoming young Strathfield Golf Club member Danny An. This was also a much in which neither player got more than one hole in front until the concluding stages when An had a couple of three putts and all of a sudden it was over.
Stewart showed all of the composure he has shown in not only winning the 2006 National Title but in his unbeaten performances in NSW representative teams over the past couple of years.
Danny An again made an impact as he has done in several tournaments recently, including being the only junior to make the cut at the recent Australian Open. Along the way to this semi final he claimed the scalps of English Elite Squad member David Horsey, Pymble Golf Club Champion Brendan Smith and National and State Squad member Rohan Blizard.
Tim Stewart will not only be the Australian Representative but he will have a big following of supporters from the northern peninsula area in which his home club is situated. Unfortunately the Barmy Army have all gone home, but Gary still has a fair bit of “local” support.
Source – NSWGA
Photo – Anthony Powter