Blizard blows away NSW Amateur field
BY iseekgolf.com | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2008 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Round One | 02 Feb 2008
National Squad member and current Australian Amateur Champion Rohan Blizard (NSW Golf Club) has set a new Pennant Hills course record of eight under par in today’s first round of the IMAGETEC 2008 NSW Amateur Championship.
Blizard played superbly in compiling nine birdies and a solitary bogey to equal the scores of previous course record holders, Tony Gresham (1968) and Kel Nagle (1952). On a day where the scoring has been quite low, Blizard has opened a three stroke lead over nearest pursuer Luke Henwood (Moore Park GC).
Defending Champion, Gary Wolstenholme (England) returned an opening round of 69 (-2) at Pennant Hills to be positioned six strokes behind the leader and in equal 18th place. Wolstenholme last year defeated National Squad member Tim Stewart (Monash CC) in a memorable final at Terrey Hills Country Club, the victory was sweet for Wolstneholme after he finished runner up the previous year after succumbing to Won Joon Lee.
Wolstenholme is a passionate competitor and will be well prepared for his Championship defence. Wolstenholme is often referred to as one of the world’s leading amateur players and currently holds a top twenty Royal & Ancient World Amateur ranking to justify the praise. Keen observers of the game recognize Wolstenholme as an amateur by status only as his approach on the course and in preparation is purely professional.
Interestingly he remains one of the last player’s ever to beat Tiger Woods as an amateur.
The competitors all play one round at Pennant Hills Golf Club and one round at North Ryde Golf Club before the top 60 players plus ties advance to the final 36 Holes on Monday at Pennant Hills. Following the final 36 holes on Monday the leading 32 players will then proceed to the Matchplay (Amateur) component of the Championship to be played at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club.
This year’s event has attracted over 300 of New South Wales and Australia’s best male amateur golfers as well as international players from France, England, United States of America, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, Italy, Phillipines and the Ivory Coast (West Africa).
Source – NSWGA