Date: October 29, 2006

Australia looking for luck in South Africa

Australia will go into tomorrow s final round of the World Amateur Teams Championship in South Africa needing plenty of luck and a record-breaking performance to secure victory. The team got off to a strong start overnight but faded on the closing two holes to finish in outright 16 place at four under par. They trail overnight leaders the Netherlands who hold a two shot buffer over the United States, Wales and Canada at 15 under. Andrew Tampion led the charge for Australia. But his two under par round 70 on the Stellenbosch course near Cape Town didn t reflect his performance. The Victorian eagled the eighth hole from a green side bunker to get to three under after the turn. Standing on the 15, Tampion was four under par. But he was unable to keep the momentum going and in a repeat performance of day two, let the last two holes slip through his fingers with two consecutive bogies. Won Joon Lee scrambled well around the greens all day to post a two under 70. The New South Welshman got to four under after the opening nine then lost two shots on 10 with a double bogey. Lee struggled with his driver and was pleased with his score given he hit only a handful of fairways. Stephen Dartnall also returned a two under. The Western Australian played solid but never threatened to shoot any lower. Dartnall s round was his best for the tournament after a 77 and 75. It was also the first time he got to add his score to the team s top two results for the day. Team manager Matt Cutler, working with Team Captain, Roger Hunt, was left to ponder what could have been after yet another frustrating result given the player s ability to shoot under par. We knew that we could have been right up there with the leaders, Cutler said. The guys are playing such good golf, but they haven t been able to finish it up on the last two holes. We know we could have been there, but luck has been against us the last two days. Cutler said the last two holes on day two and three had cost the team a chance to be in serious contention going into the last round on the De Zalze course tomorrow. As a team we got it to eight under after 14 holes and in outright third. Albeit that a number of teams hadn t teed off yet. We said if we could post 10 or more under it would give the leaders something to think about. Unfortunately, that didn t happen. The guys are positive about tomorrow though. They know it s an outside chance, but we ll give it our best shot. Eisenhower Cup Trophy – day three results: 417 Netherlands 141 140 136 419 Canada 139 139 141 USA 143 136 140 Wales 144 143 132 421 Korea 146 137 138 423 Sweden 150 132 141 Scotland 144 142 137 424 Ireland 146 138 146 Argentina 148 142 134 431 France 142 142 141 Denmark 145 143 137 Others 428 Australia 147 141 140