Date: March 23, 2009

Final sixteen ready for battle

The final 16 contenders have emerged at the Srixon Australian Amateur Championships in Queensland after the first and second rounds on Monday. 54 hole Stroke Play leader Daniel Beckmann (VIC) continued his fine form at Royal Queensland in defeating Michael Smyth (NSW) and Craig Hasthorpe (VIC) on his way to a quarter final match up with WA s Jason Scrivener. I felt pretty good out there, Beckmann said. This is a driving course so I m hitting driver wherever I can and I m pretty comfortable chipping from around the greens, he said. Beckmann said he was looking forward to the match with Scrivener. Obviously it s nice to be able to play against a National Squad team mate in a quarter final, Beckmann said. In other matches, New Zealand s Ryan Fox, son of legendary All Black Grant Fox, progressed with victories over John Betland (NSW) and National Squad member Daniel Nisbet and will meet fellow New Zealander Ben Wallace in the quarter finals. Nisbet defeated Stroke Play champion Bryden Macpherson in the first round. National squad pair Brendan Smith (NSW) and Scott Arnold (NSW) also made it through to the quarters with Smith to play New Zealander Blake McGrory and Arnold to play Victorian Kieran Pratt. Australian Women’s Stroke Play champion Julia Boland continued her fine form to reach the quarter finals but not before an epic battle with Ashlee Dewhurst in the second round. This afternoon s match was probably the best match I have ever been involved in, Boland said. Between us we had 12 birdies and I feel blessed to have got through- it s only going to get tougher from here. Boland prevailed 2&1 and now faces WA s Whitney Hillier in the quarter finals after Hillier s solid day including defeating Australian number one Stacey Keating (VIC) on the 20th hole in the opening round. Hillier said she was pleased with her day s work. It was a great day out there. It was a pretty tough match this morning but I hung in there until the 20th, she said. I m really looking forward to the match with Julia and whoever putts the best will win, Hillier added. Boland or Hillier will face Pei-Ying Tsai (TPE) or Bree Arthur (QLD) after both made their way through the draw. Arthur s 8&7 win over fellow Queenslander Jacki Marshall was particularly dominant. Women’s Australian Open Leading Amateur Justine Lee (NSW) progressed with wins over Queensland local Ash McCourt and WA s Jayde Panos. Malaysia s Amanda Chin plays WA s Jemma Partridge in the quarter finals after the Patridge defeated National Squad member Rebecca Flood (NSW) 2&1. TUESDAY QUARTER FINALS: Ryan Fox (NZ) v Ben Wallace (NZ) Jason Scrivener (WA) v Daniel Beckmann (VIC) Brendan Smith (NSW) v Blake McGrory (NZ) Scott Arnold (NSW) v Kieran Pratt (VIC) Julia Boland (NSW) v Whitney Hillier (WA) Pei-Ying Tsai (TPE) v Bree Arthur (QLD) Amanda Chin (MAL) v Jemma Partridge (WA) Justine Lee (NSW) v Sheree Hasson (QLD)