There’s a special sense of anticipation this morning for amateur Andrew Schonewille at the 2015 Oates Victorian Open.
The 22-year-old Rosebud resident leads the men’s tournament after shooting 11 under par thanks to an astonishing streak of five consecutive birdies last night on the creek course.
“It’s very exciting and I just had a good day today after endless practice and work,” said Schonewille.
As a result of his lead, Schonewille will commence today’s action at 1.20pm alongside equal second leaders Jason Scrivener (WA) and Mitch A. Brown (NSW); the final group off 1st tee.
However, in just his second Oates Victorian Open, Schonewille already has proven he is no stranger to big crowds.
Last year the Victorian felt the heat when playing alongside the tournament’s opening day leader Aaron Townsend and Japan’s Takuya Taniguchi before a large group of spectators.
“Aaron (Townsend) and I played here last year and we sort of know each other so it would have been nice to play again today,” admitted Schonewille.
“But, I’m happy with where I am now because this would have to be my best result in a tournament; even in the amateurs I’ve been up there but not like this.”
Schonewille is one of nine amateurs who made the cut in the men’s tournament for today including local boy Ben Eccles and leading teenager Lucas Herbert.
Cameron Davis is the only remaining amateur from interstate, playing alongside fellow New South Welshman Jamie Hook.
By: Alex Tigani, Golf Victoria media