Date: July 05, 2018
Author: Golf Queensland

Butterworth takes the lead with Taylor

Boys' Amateur
Girls' Amateur

J R McCracken Plate – Boys
J R McCracken Plate – Girls

Tournament Draw
Round 4 Draw: Championship & J.R. McCracken Plate

Consistency is key for Christian Butterworth who has gained the lead at the 2018 Queensland Boys’ Amateur after a solid performance today.

The Noosa junior signed for a 4-under 68 after earlier rounds of 66-72 (206), with the back nine the pinnacle of his round.

“I seemed to hole more putts compared to yesterday,” Butterworth said after draining a 4-foot birdie putt on the last.

“With a golf course like Bargara I don’t need to hit everything as hard as I want to, I can punch around the course and keep myself out of trouble.

“My game plan is to stick to what I’ve been doing the last couple of days and hitting irons off most tees and trying to sink some putts. That’s been the real difference in getting good scores.”

Zubair Firdaus credits his putter for his admirable 6-under 66, with a bogey blemish on the par-4 7th quickly erased from his mind.

“I was going into today with a lot more confidence,” Firdaus said after his round. “My putting made the difference today.

“I don’t let a bogey get me down because I know there is a lot of birdie chances out there. A bogey won’t hurt me because with a birdie I can bounce back and after that I made a good run on the back nine.”

Southport’s Elvis Smylie produced his first sub-70 round with a 5-under 67 earning him the final spot in tomorrow’s leading group with a 54-hole total of 208.

Isabelle Taylor (Sanctuary Cove) remains a dominant force in the girls’ event with a 4-under 69 catapulting her to an 11-shot lead after 54-holes.

Following rounds of 66-70 to sit 14-under under par for the tournament, the state representative feels ecstatic heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“My first nine today was a bit average,” said Taylor. “The girls that I was playing with, Cassie and Hye, were playing pretty well so I had to turn up the heat a bit.”

“I learnt how to cope with the pressure last year,” after a 3-hole playoff with eventual winner Darcy Habgood. “I told myself to focus on my own game because that’s the only thing I can control.”

Hye Park (RACV Royal Pines) and Cassie Porter (Peregian Springs) will complete the final girls’ group tomorrow after rounds of 74-73-69 and 71-75-71 respectively.

In the J.R. McCracken Plate, Joshua Horswill (Royal Queensland) leads the boys’ event after 44 points, with Kaylee Swann (Wantima) recording 42 points.