Matt Taylor is out to make his debut NSW Senior Amateur one to remember.
Taylor, from Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club in Sydney’s west, shot a one-under-par 68 at The Island Golf Club, Nambucca Heads, in the first round of the NSW Senior Amateur Championship. He leads by two shots from Concord Golf Club’s Kenneth Brewer, while in a tie for third another shot back sits Victorian Gordon Claney and Bardwell Valley’s Lester Peterson.
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Taylor’s round could have been a whole lot better. He got off to a red-hot start and was six under par after 11 holes, much to the amazement of himself and his playing partners.
“I surprised myself a little bit.
“I had a bogey in there as well.
“My playing partners were saying keep it going, keep it going,” Taylor said.
Taylor, who has only recently become eligible for the Senior ranks, was surprised to hold the first round lead in just his fifth event as a senior.
“It’s my first Senior. I turned 55 at the beginning of February.
“I tend to play well on courses I’ve never played before; maybe I concentrate a bit more,” he laughed.
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Taylor, who drives semi-trailers for a living, has plenty of competitive experience under his belt. A regular in Stonecutters Ridge’s Major Pennant team, he has won the club’s Senior Championship five years in a row. Last year, he finished runner-up in the club championship to Daniel Williams.
“I’ve played good over the last three months, and we just missed out on making the Semis in Pennant.
“And I finished fourth in the Seniors event in Pennant Hills two weeks ago.”
He’s optimistic he can hang on to the lead despite the credentials of many of players in the chasing pack and regardless of the predicted change of weather.
“I’m looking forward to the next couple of days, especially if it doesn’t rain,” he grinned.