Date: March 28, 2009

Arnold and Lee seal Amateur championships

Scott Arnold (NSW) and Justine Lee (NSW) claimed their maiden Srixon Australian Amateur Championship victories on the final day of action at Royal Queensland Golf Club. It’s a really good feeling, Arnold said. I got to 3-up with 6 holes to play and I said to myself, you can take this out. In two of the tightest battles fought for the championship, Arnold and Beckmann battled their way through 36 holes with neither willing to give an inch. The pair traded birdies in their opening nine holes but Arnold could only get one hole up before Beckmann reigned in his lead with a birdie on the 9th to make the match square. The see-saw continued on the back nine and the duo finished their opening holes all square. It was the same scenario on the second round of 18 holes before Arnold prevailed 3&1 on the 35th hole. The New South Wales Golf Club member voiced his praise on his Victorian opponent. Dan has come a long way, Arnold said. With the way he’s playing at the moment and the way he played in the Stroke Play, he’s going to win a lot more tournaments. From here, Arnold prepares to represent Australia in the Southern Cross Cup in New Zealand before the New Zealand Amateur Championship and then making his way to England for the British Amateur and other tournaments. No one can take away this victory from me and I m sure that down the track, when I ve got a Tour card and in ten years time, I ll look back and be proud I was the amateur champion, Arnold said. Justine Lee and Pei-Ying Tsai fought out their own battle and Lee flew out of the blocks early and despite a close call in the final holes, prevailed 1-up. This is just great, Lee said. It’s beyond my expectations at the start of the championships but I found that once I started winning, I just wanted to keep going. Lee seemed in control for most of the day but the tenacious Chinese Taipei national reeled her in with a string of birdies as they came towards the end. Lee s Match Play form was red-hot coming into the championships having finished undefeated in Match Play in the recent Trans-Tasman Cup. I was feeling pretty confident for most of the day, but when she hit those birdies in a row and reduced my advantage, I felt a little shaky. It worked out though, Lee said. The Australian Golf Club member will now to take a brief break and return to school to knuckle down on her Year 12 studies. I ve got to hit the books again for a while before I play the Handa Junior Masters, Lee said. The 17 year old described her victory as fantastic, overwhelming and a complete dream.