Date: March 27, 2007
Author: Alistair Hogg

Preview: Australian Men’s Amateur Championship

By Alistair Hogg at NSWGC Despite a sprinkling of early morning rain, the sun was shining and conditions close to perfect for the start of the men&aposs Australian Amateur Championships. A strong field of 32 will take to the course shortly in the first round and the winners will re-emerge from 11:45am to play the second round, making up for the time that was lost due to inclement weather on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday&aposs stroke play winner Andrew Dodt earned himself a number one seeding and a sleep-in with a four-hole playoff over New South Welshman, Scott Arnold. The pair was deadlocked at four-under after 72-holes and it took a five metre putt on the second to save par and claim the victory. Dodt&aposs first test in the match play will be against Leigh Deagan. The Victorian was also involved in a playoff yesterday, conquering Seve Benson and Brendan Smith to claim one of two remaining spots in the 32-man draw. The other was won by Jay Bayron of the Philippines who will face stroke play runner-up Arnold at 7:56am. Third seed Lloyd Saltman of Scotland will play Queenslander Ben Fletcher while fourth place getter, Rudi Bezuidenhuot is up against Kiwi Danny Lee. The New South Welshman set the La Perouse course alight on Friday with a tournament best round of 63 and he is anywhere near that form today he is going to be very tough to beat. Bezuidenhuot&aposs National Squad team mate Ray Beaufils is up against another Kiwi in James Gill. Gill finished ninth in the stroke play qualifier but has been drawn against an in-form match play competitor. Beaufils was part of Australia&aposs “Ashes” squad that played England in a warm-up event at Moonah Links several weeks ago. The Queenslander won both his matches in emphatic style, overcoming Ben Parker 4/3 and R&A world number one amateur Jamie Moul 5/4. The Brit also qulaified for the Australian Amateur Championships this week and he&aposs up against local Lester Peterson in round one. One of the matches of the opening day has to be the clash between David Horsey and his countryman Steve Lewton. The English pair are good friends off the fairway, but don&apost expect them to be pulling any punches when a tilt at the Australian Amateur title is on the line! Click here to view the draw for the Australian Men&aposs Amateur Championship>