Date: July 01, 2018
Author: Dave Tease

Little joy for Windred as winds take a toll

Blake Windred has finished in a tie for 7th place at the European Amateur Championship in The Hague.

After leading through the first two rounds, the Novocastrian found the going tough in the conditions on Friday, carding a four-over par 76 to tumble down the leaderboard.


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“It was really, really tough, and I just got off to a bad start in the hurricane.

“The late 4pm tee off was also a learning experience for me. I hung in there all day and kept making up and downs. It could have easily blown out to 7 over so I was happy to make a birdie on the way home.

He bounced back, however, with a final round two under par 70 overnight to claw his way back and finish inside the top 10 for the week.

Despite the third round disappointment, Windred was pleased with his week and believes a win is just around the corner.

I played well all week, just a few things didn’t go my way. If they do go my way on 9, 10, 12 today, I am at -7 for the tournament.

“I’m feeling confident, and with the US part of my trip about to begin I know I am getting closer,” he smiled.

 

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Day Two: WIndred by one in The Hague

Blake Windred has shot to the lead after two rounds of the European Amateur Championship at the Royal Hague Golf and Country Club.

The Australian Golf Club and NSW State team representative carded a second consecutive three-under-par 69 to climb to the top of the leaderboard with a six-under-par total.

Windred leads by one from the Overnight leader, Switzerland’s Perry Cohen, who carded an even-par 72 to keep himself in contention. Despite the tough, windy conditions Windred said he felt the most relaxed on the course as he had been in quite a while .

“I played very solid again today. It was windy, and I hung in there till the end.

“It felt really easy to focus on each shot today,”

“I’m hitting it quite nicely, and my putting was on. It is coming so easy right now,” he said.

Windred was aware he was in a strong position in the tournament as the afternoon wore on. The media pack arrived while he was playing the back-nine. It was a sign, he said, that he knew he was in the mix.

“I love it when they are out because it means I’m up the top of the leaderboard,” he laughed.

“I made a 4-metre bogey putt on 12, and I said to my caddy, Kris, that holing that putt will mean a lot so let’s go make a couple of birdies, and I did that.

“I made a birdie on the next to bounce right back,” he added.

The Novocastrian will be hoping to become the first Australian player to win the event since 1988 when fellow New South Welshman David Ecob lifted the Trophy in its second-ever edition.

Of the other Aussies in the field, Shae Wools-Cobb is the new best at two under par in a tie for 8th, WA product Haydn Barron is tied 19th at one under. Will Heffernan and Jed Morgan are at 38th. Dylan Perry and Ben Ferguson are 66th. Josh Armstrong and Kieran Day are 83rd and have their work cut out to make the third round cut. Matthias Sanchez (117th) and Charlie Dann (128th) round out Aussies.

The top 60 players plus ties will make the 54-hole cut after round three tomorrow. 65 players currently stand on two-over-par or better. 

 

 

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DAY ONE – Europen Amateur Champs: Windred flying high in The Hague

Blake Windred has made a strong start on day one of the European Amateur Championship at the Royal Hague Golf & Country Club in the Netherlands.

Windred is the best of the NSW contingent and is in a five-way tie for fourth after carding a three-under-par 69, just two sots shy of the leader, Switzerland’s Perry Cohen.

The Novocastrian began his day with a birdie on the first. He dropped a shot, however, on the third, but was soon back in red figures after a birdie on the fifth. Birdies on 10th and 12th saw him consolidate his position in the top 10. Another bogey on the 14th slowed things down, but he finished the day off in style with a birdie on the 18th.

“I didn’t miss too many shots out there today,” Windred said. “I made five up-and-downs through the middle stretch of the round to keep the momentum going.

“My bogies only came from a few tough pin positions; a few were near impossible; cut on slopes on super slick greens.

“I felt like I handled it well though."

Windred said his confidence levels have been improving steadily since arriving in Europe about three weeks ago. Despite missing the cut-off for the matchplay at the British Amateur in Scotland, his second round 67 was a good sign heading into this week.

“100 per cent it was,” Windred grinned when asked if last week's low round was a hint of things to come.

“Nothing much has changed since last week and the 69 today.

“I hit it the same, and putted the same, the conditions were just that tough last week.

“Another solid round tomorrow and I’ll be in a good position heading into the weekend,” he added.

Also adding to WIndred’s confidence is having his mate Kris Szmynec from Charlestown Golf Club caddying for him this week.

“Kris is on the bag. He caddied for me at Avondale and the NSW Open at Twin Creeks, so I feel comfortable,” Windred smiled.

Of the other locals, Josh Armstrong is in a tie for 59th alongside the Queensland-based Hunter product Dylan Perry. Eleven Australians are in the field this week, with the winner getting a start in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie in three week’s time.
 

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