Date: May 05, 2011

Higginbottom and Suzuki win QLD Amateurs

National Squad member Jake Higginbottom (The Australian) and Saki Suzuki (Lakelands) are the 2011 Queensland Men&aposs & Women&aposs Amateur Champions after emerging triumphant in two tightly contested finals today at the Arundel Hills Golf Club. Both matches finished on the 34th hole with Higginbottom defeating Tim Hart (Indooroopilly) 2 & 1 and Suzuki defeating Ali Orchard with the same score. The Men&aposs final turned out to be a wildly fluctuating affair, with Hart making all the early play to hold a 1-hole lead by the 18th. The afternoon&aposs round belonged to Higginbottom though, he was able turn the Championships around after winning the 22nd & 23rd. Higginbottom then birdied the 26th and 27th holes to hold a three hole advantage heading into the final 9 holes. Although Hart won a number of the final holes (30th & 33rd) it was Higginbottom that would eventually finish out the match 2 & 1 on the 35th hole. Seventeen year old Jake Higginbottom is the second New South Welshman to win the Queensland Amateur in as many years. Unfortunately for Hart he has now finished runner up for a second consecutive year in the Queensland Amateur Championship. With the conclusion of today&aposs event, Higginbottom and Hart will prepare for the next week&aposs Keperra Bowl, the world amateur ranking event will commence next Tuesday.