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Josh Greer put it down to “something in the water” – he’s just not sure if it’s West Australian or Scottish.
Greer, 16, was one of three Scottish-born West Aussies who today clambered and charged into the second round of the men’s Australian Amateur Championship, presented by Swinging Skirts.
Alongside ongoing surprise packet Connor McKinney and the affable Robbie Morrison, Greer continued to impress in moving into the final 32 tomorrow.
Greer took down Queenslander William Florimo with a cool conceded birdie on the 20th hole, an hour after Morrison outlasted good mate Lukas Michel in a brilliant 22-hole match in which neither had a bogey.
McKinney, conversely, was ultra-impressive in beating Harrison Crowe with a birdie on the 17th for a 3&1 triumph a day after sharing the medal as low qualifier.
“We’re all really good mates,” Greer said.
“We all push each other on and are improving quickly.”
Truer words are rarely uttered.
It capped a good day for the hosts with nominal favourite and world No.14 Min Woo Lee advancing 1-up in a tough match with England’s Mitch Waite, while Joseph Owen beat England’s Gian-Marco Petrozzi on the 19th and the impressive Connor Fewkes took down another Englishman, Jake Burnage, in a birdie barrage to win 4&2.
Capping a horrid day for England Golf, world No.19 Matthew Jordan was stunned by Indonesian Kevin Akbar, ranked No.459.
Of the other key international visitors, Montreal’s Hugo Bernard gave local hope Kiran Day a start and a beating with a powerful comeback for a tough 2&1 win, while David Hague and Joe Long gave England their only victories.
Among the all-Aussie clashes, defending champion Matias Sanchez prevailed in a high-class match with New South Welshman Blake Windred, the Victorian finally home 1-up.
The rapidly improving Jordie Garner held out good mate Josh Armstrong with a gritty par on the 20th hole, while another Canberran Jordan Ayre took out Victoria’s Will Heffernan 3&1.
Regular state team stars Zach Murray, Shae Wools-Cobb, Charlie Dann, David Micheluzzi and Dylan Perry all advanced to tomorrow’s second round.