Bardwell Valley’s Lester Peterson will take a three shot lead into tomorrow's final round of the NSW Senior Amateur Championship after posting a remarkable course record four under par 65 at Island Golf Club, Nambucca Heads today.
In second place is Concord Golf Club’s Kenneth Brewer, who posted an even-par 69, to be one-over par for the tournament while the first-round leader, Stonecutters Ridge representative Matt Taylor sits at two over.
Peterson, a three-time Eisenhower Cup representative, rolled in an incredible eight birdies in his morning round to leave the field in his wake. It was an effort that sent the club's officials diving for the record books.
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Former club pro Scott Mayo held the record with a 63. However, modernisation and changes to the course’s current layout mean Peterson is the new record holder.
To underline the quality of the golf Peterson put on show, no other player in the morning half of the draw was able to come within eight shots of his remarkable performance.
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Post round, the life member at the ‘Valley’ downplayed his effort, remarking it was simply good to post a competitive score.
“I hit it pretty straight today. I hit it to 10 feet lots of times and made quite a few, so all good.
“I made a couple of errors, but I think everyone will around here.
“It was nice to make a few putts,” he smiled.
In a round with plenty of highlights, the standout for the 57-year-old was a remarkable putt from ‘downtown’ on the par-five 17th hole.
“I holed a bomb from 40 feet or something.
“It would have gone ten feet past if it missed,” he smiled.
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Peterson has a long list of championship titles under his belt including an NSW Amateur title, and the amateur crowns of Malaysia, New Zealand and Argentina. He also made an appearance in the matchplay section of the 1994 US Amateur at the TPC Sawgrass course in Florida, which, incidentally, was taken out by a guy called Tiger Woods.
With a record as distinguished as Peterson’s, he has a good idea on how to get the job done in tomorrow’s final round.
“I’ve Just got to treat it like another game of golf.
“I Just have to go out and play.
“It should be good. I’m looking forward to it,” he smiled.