Date: August 02, 2007

Aussie Amateur Update

Australian amateurs continue to post strong results all over the world. The bulk of our up and coming stars are currently in the United States competing in events throughout the nation. Colorado Women&aposs Stroke Play, Green Gables Country Club, CO Emma Bennett added another international trophy to her cabinet with a win at the Colorado Stroke Play Championship. The Victorian posted scores of 73 71 and 70 for a total of two-under, one stroke ahead of her nearest rivals. Fellow Victorian Clare Choi was in third place at seven-over while Kate Combes was fifth at 11-over the card. The title adds to her already extensive international golfing resume after claiming the Astor Salver and Bridget Jackson Bowl in the United Kingdom earlier on her travels. Porter Cup, Niagara Falls Country Club, NY Australian Amateur Stroke Play Champion Andrew Dodt was the pick of the bunch at last week&aposs Porter Cup. The Queenslander carded rounds of 69 69 70 and 66 to post a healthy total of six-under. Rohan Blizard and Matthew Griffen finished at two-over, Aaron Pike at three-over, Tim Stewart at four-over and Rick Kulacz eight-over. Western Amateur, Point O&apos Woods Country Club, MI Rick Kulacz and Michael Foster are the best Aussies after round one of the Western Amateur in Michigan. The pair carded even-par rounds to sit in equal-16th, five behind the leaders. Rohan Blizard was a further stroke back after shooting a 71, Josh Younger had a 73 while a group of five players posted 74&aposs and Ray Beaufils came in with a 75. The opening round was played in 35 degree temperatures with extreme humidity; weather which is expected to continue for the remainder of the tournament. The field of 156 will be cut to the top 50 plus ties after the second round who will play 36 holes on Friday. The top 16 after Friday&aposs play will contest the match play beginning on Saturday. World Junior Championship, Various Courses, CA Matthew Giles finished third in the boys 15-17 division at the World Junior Championship in San Diego. The New South Welshman carded rounds of 70 73 73 73 for a total of one-under and outright third behind Kiwi Danny Lee, two-under, and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa who won the event at five-under. Bryden MacPherson made up for a lacklustre start to the tournament with a solid finish. The Aussie had 78 67 80 and 72 to finish in a share of 15th. The 16-year old had four birdies in the last five holes to create a memorable ending to the event in San Diego. Promising Queenslander Daniel Nisbet started well with rounds of 71 and 72 before fading with 79 and 82 to finish in equal-33rd. Whitney Hillier was the best of the girls, finishing equal-fourth in the 15-17 age division. The West Australian posted scores of 72 80 69 71 to be three-under overall. In the boys 11-12 division Ruben Sondjaja finished in a share of 29th and DJ Loypur failed to make the cut while Kota Kagasaki played superb golf to finish equal-second in the boys 9-10 group. US Junior Amateur, Boone Valley Golf Club, MO Matthew Giles bowed out of the US Junior Amateur Championship in the second round of match play. The New South Welshman was ousted 4&2 by Sean Dale after overcoming Blake Redmond 4&2 in his opening match. Giles now returns to Australia to focus on his looming HSC exams after being on the road representing his country on the golf course since June.