Blake Proverbs from Pacific Golf Club in Queensland has claimed the 2016 SA Medal by one stroke ahead of both Matthew Lisk from The Grange and Blake Windred from The Australian (NSW).
Proverbs who won the Gary Player Classic last week, finished at even par with rounds of 71,72 (143) after 36 holes of stroke play at Tea Tree Gully and The Grange, East Course.
“I hit it really well, only had a birdie and bogey and all the rest were pars. I couldn’t really focus though, as one of my close family members just passed away the other day and her funeral was yesterday, so it was still on my mind all day, I was finding it really hard to focus but today was a bit better.” Proverbs said
Proverbs began day two, even with the card, but four behind Windred who fired an opening round 4-under 67.
The 2015 Thailand Amateur Champion had some work to do to bridge the gap but finished with two birdies to claim the medal.
“Two birdies, two of the longest putts I held for the last two days which was good. It’s always good to finish the top seed, it’s definitely a confidence booster going into the match play.
“I’ve never won an interstate title before, so it’s good to get that out of the way. I feel more confident playing match play so hopefully I keep up the good form for that.” Proverbs added.
Matthew Lisk qualified in second position at 1-over with rounds of 72-72 (144) while Blake Windred qualified in third place with rounds of 67-77 (144).
2015 Champion Lachlan Barker (Glenelg) with rounds of 73,72 (+2) qualified in 4th position and will be a dangerous player to face later in the week along with Match Play specialist, Glenelg's Jackson Kalz 71-75 (+3) who qualified sixth.
National squad member Zach Murray (Commonwealth – VIC) 76-75 (+8) qualified 14th while last week’s SA Country Champion Tim Atze 77-79 (+13), qualified in 30 position.
All up, 21 South Australian’s made it through to the Match Play top 32.
The South Australian Men’s Amateur Championship Match Play rounds commence at The Vines Golf Club on Thursday 29 September from 7.00am.
17-year-old Alexandra Hilliard from Commonwealth Golf Club in Victoria is the leading qualifier after the stroke rounds of the South Australian Women’s Amateur Championships.
With an opening round 2-over 74 at Tea Tree Gully, Hilliard followed up with a 2-under 70 at The Grange East to finish at even par after 36 holes.
Hilliard who is the Victoria Girls State Team Captain, finished four strokes ahead of Dee Russell from Robin Woods (QLD) 76-72 (+4) while third qualifier was SA’s Elysia Yap (Glenelg GC) 80-71 (+7).
After winning the Cobram Barooga Open a month ago which granted her entry into the Victorian Women’s Open (Feb 2017), Hilliard was a little disappointed with her form in last week’s Vic Junior.
“I hit them better in round one, a lot better than last week at the Victorian Junior. I hit it good, I played smart golf, just aimed for the middle of the green and holed some putts.
With four birdies in the opening round Hilliard held a one stroke lead heading into the second round.
“There was a little bit of pressure, but I just tried to play my own game and hit every shot one at a time”.
Hilliard’s second round included an eagle on the Par 5, 7th after holing out from the bunker.
“It was great I’m very happy, I will just take it one game at a time, as anything can happen in match play and I’ll see how it goes”.
“I was practising hard leading up to last week’s tournament but I didn’t quite put it together, but this week it just worked out”. Hilliard said
2014 SA Amateur Champion Kono Matsumoto from Victoria GC, qualified fourth with rounds of 77-75 (+8) while SA’s Charley Jacobs (Ardrossan/Glenelg GC) qualified seventh with rounds 76-81 (+13).
The South Australian Amateur Championship Match Play rounds (Quarter Finals) commence at The Vines Golf Club on Thursday 29 September from 11.45am.
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