It wasn’t until his last putt dropped on the 72nd hole that Golf NSW HP Squad Member Harrison Endycott realised he had taken out the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship at Belmont Golf Club.
“I wasn’t sure I had it won until I birdied the 18th,” says Endycott.
Endycott’s 72nd hole birdie helped him card a 4-under par round of 68, and a 12 under par total of 276 for the prestigious amateur event, winning by two shots from Queenslander Charlie Dann. Luke Toomey of New Zealand and Bradley Moore of England finished a further shot away in third place.
“My putting was feeling good all week and I managed to roll some nice putts in early to get going.”
“I played solid all week. I kept doing my thing. I only made a couple of mistakes all week.”
The win caps off some quality play for the Avondale member over the last few weeks, and is a just reward for the work he has put into his golf game.
“I was feeling confident coming into this week and my game has been great especially after the Masters of the Amateur and the Australian Amateur in the last fortnight.”
The result is also Endycott’s biggest win in his amateur career to date.
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“It’s my biggest win so far by a long way. It feels really good to win this. I’ve played in it the last four years and now to win it feels pretty good. The members back at Avondale are going to be pretty stoked I think.”
Endycott’s name now sits alongside some of the greats of Australian Golf. Brue Devlin, Jack Newton, Rodger Davis, Geoff Ogilvy, Brett Rumford and Mark Leishman are just a few of the past winners who have gone on to international glory.
“It’s nice to see my name on a trophy as famous as this. Lots of big names. It’s unreal. Obviously I’ve got a lot more work to do on my game though, a lot of hard work to do.”
“It’s going to give me a lot of confidence going into the NSW Amateur, I’m looking forward to it. I love those courses out there too,” smiles Endycott.
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Korea’s Hye-Jin Choi left her mark on the Women’s Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship in a big way, smashing the course record with a bogey free 8-under par 65 in the final round.
It’s also the first course record she has ever posted.
Choi recorded 13 under par total of 279, winning by three shots from Women’s Australian Amateur Champion Min-Ji Park.
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““My score was pretty good. My putting was awesome today,” Choi said through an interpreter.
“I’ve always shot my best scores in the final round too,” she smiled.
“I’m really happy to have won, especially an international event like this.”