Date: July 28, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Ferguson leads Aussies home

Some nice moments, but not for long enough was the upshot for the Australian contingent at the Pacific Coast Amateur in San Francisco today.

Record-setting Californian Isaiah Salinda did just enough to hang on for victory a day after blowing the tournament apart with a breath-taking course-record 62 at the famous Olympic Club, and his 12-under total was too much for the Aussies to peg back.

Tough-as-nails West Australian Ben Ferguson was the most consistent of the Aussies in one of the key lead-up events to next month’s US Amateur and was rewarded as the leading player among his countrymen at T14.

Ferguson closed with a birdie to shoot an even-par 71 for his final round and finish at two under overall, three clear of Victorian Zach Murray who had one of the day’s best rounds with a 69 for a +1 total.

A day after five birdies, Melbourne’s Matias Sanchez couldn’t find one in his closing 73 and finished next best at +3.

And after putting himself in contention at halfway, Min Woo Lee, a member at Royal Fremantle, fell away with a horror mid-round run en route to a 79 and a +7 total he shared with fellow West Aussie Kiran Day (76) and Shae Wools-Cobb (73), one clear of his fellow Queenslander Charlie Dann (78).

Melbourne’s David Micheluzzi (75 for +9) and Dylan Perry (73 for +13) couldn’t find their rhythm for much of the week.