Korean Seung Bo Jang has emerged as the Medallist at the NSW Amateur Championship after the event was shortened to 54 holes as severe thunderstorms hit the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort today.
Golf NSW officials were faced with little option to discard play in the final round as the first of several predicted thunderstorms struck the Gangurru course just after lunch. A delay of almost two hours meant that the final round in the afternoon was highly unlikely to be completed.
About 12 groups were left to complete their third round after the lunchtime delay, with the leading group of Blake Windred, Austin Bautista and eventual winner Seung-Bo Jang still on the 12th hole.
The race for the medal was turned on its head with the discard of the final round, and it was the Korean Jang, who grabbed the medal with a birdie putt on the last hole.
Speaking through an interpreter, Jang was very happy with his win.
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“I hit the ball very well today. My putting wasn’t exactly on, but it was good enough.”
“I tried to focus a little bit more when it rained. I just thought about keeping the ball in play,” Jang said.
Jang was particularly happy with his final hole birdie to seal the title.
“I felt good over the putt, I felt I was going to make it – when it did drop, I was kind of shocked. I didn’t know I had won the medal then at all.”
Jang is looking forward to going to the match play rounds .
“I’m going to be a little more aggressive when I play the match play. I love match play.”
“I’m very proud to have won the medal. I know some famous golfers have won it before me,” he smiled.