Joshua Armstrong has emerged as the one to beat after two rounds of the NSW Amateur Matchplay Championship at Terry Hills Golf and Country Club.
The 17-year old, who won last weeks Avondale Amateur, got the better of world number 20, Avondale’s Harrison Endycott in the morning’s round of 32 before overcoming the giant-killing Tom Gill in the afternoon round of 16.
Armstrong from Canberra was thrilled with the way he played today.
“ I was able to put a lot of pressure on both of my opponents when I needed to today,
“ I holed a lot of good putts, they weren’t exactly easy either, my focus on putting got the job done today.
“When I saw I was playing Harrison, it spurred me on, to beat a player of his calibre I thought it would give me a lot of confidence going into the rest of the week,”
“It was a match played in good spirit, we're both good friends, and we have a lot of respect for each other,
“We both played excellent golf,”
Armstrong had an easier assignment in the afternoon match up; Tamworth’s Tom Gill.
“Tom doesn’t hit it as far as me, but he hits a lot of fairways and a lot of greens, I had to work hard.
“It was a good win 5/4.
“I was joking with mum this morning, I might shorten it up this afternoon, turns out it worked out that way,” he smiled.
The remaining round of 16 matches were all close affairs with the margins being little more than a couple of holes.
Armstrong’s opponent in his quarter-final match will be Englishman Mark Hyde who had a one-up win over NSW GC Harry Doig. in a match that went to the 18th hole.
in the other matches, Englands Scott Gregory had a close game against Jung Chanmin of Korea before winning 2&1, while his English Teammate Marco Penge prevailed over another Korean Seungtaek Oh, one up.
Victoria’s Lukas Michel took 19 holes to defeat Canadian Stuart MacDonald while Englands Jack Singh Brar and Queensland Lucas Higgins fought a tight battle all the way to the last before Singh Brar prevailed one-up.
New South Wales duo Blake Windred and Kevin Yuan had a disappointing afternoon, going down in their matches by a single hole to the Koreans Kim Dongmin and Kim Taeho respectively.
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In the women’s division, Concord’s Doey Choi put on a game performance to take world number three, Korean Hye Jin Choi to the 18th before going down by a single hole.
There was very little luck for any of the other locals, with Grace Kim defeated by Haeran Ryu of Korea, 2&1, while Hannah Park, June Song and Amy Chu all lost soundly.
The quarter-final matches begin tomorrow from 8.00am.