Raseta, Hart in NSW Amateur final

BY Anthony Powter | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2008 New South Wales Amateur Championship | Semi-Finals | 09 Feb 2008

Michael Raseta will meet Tim Hart in the final of the NSW Amateur Championship tomorrow at a rain soaked Ryde Parramatta Golf Club in Western Sydney. It’s the first major amateur championship final for both, after Raseta accounted for Michael Foster, 4&3, while Hart disposed of New Zealand’s Nick Gillespie, 2&1, during the semi-final encounters.

All week the heavens have opened upon the NSW Amateur, forcing championship organisers to modify both the stroke and match-play formats. Tomorrow’s final is currently scheduled for 36 holes, however, if weather conditions continue to deteriorate in Sydney as predicted, a decision will be made as to reducing the final to an 18 hole final.

“It’s really wet, you need to make sure your short game is on,” remarked Raseta, who accounted for dual British Amateur Champion, Gary Wolstenholme and current Australian Amateur Champion, Rohan Blizard, on his way to the final.

Raseta attributes his success this week to playing, what he calls‘simple’ golf.

“You just have to get it around this layout and I’ve managed to keep it on the fairway and hit greens,” remarked Raseta, who’s won of the Concord Cup for the last two years, and the NSW Cup last year, both main Sydney Vardon events.

“Making the final tomorrow is probably the biggest achievement for me to date,” said Raseta. “It will be great to just get out there tomorrow and see how it goes. I’ve been seeing it well this week and it really helps.”

Tim Hart, like his opponent tomorrow, will be experiencing his first major amateur championship final.

“The interruptions all week haven’t worry me too much,” remarked the 18-year-old.

“I’ve managed to just keep my head together and sink some putts. These courses [Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club] suit me perfectly as I come from Tamworth originally and like park land style layout.”

Hart’s pathway to the final included a convincing win over 2006 Australian Amateur Champion and one of the most respected match-play amateur constituents, Tim Stewart.

“It was a tough match and we both had our chances, but I was able to get through,” said Hall, who currently plays out of Indoorpilly Golf Club and finished 4th in the Aaron Baddeley Junior World Championships in China last year.

All week Hart’s game has been on song, after he qualified as the second seed in the match-play section of the championship proper. He’s being able to keep focus, despite all the distractions with interruptions associated with this championship because of the weather.

“I’ll definitely be playing the man not the course tomorrow. You just have to keep your head together and make a lot of birdies out there and you’ll be alright,” said Hart this evening.

It promises to be another fine championship decider, as the two fight it out to be alongside former NSW Amateur Champions that include, the great Harry Berwick and seasoned professionals Peter O’Malley, Lucas Parsons and New Zealander, Michael Campbell.

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