Date: January 09, 2014
Author: Australian Master of the Amateurs

Sinnott, Viitakangas share MOTA lead

The temperature was up, but the scores were well down for round three of the 2014 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship being played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. There was barely a flutter in the flags as the temperature moved into the 30 s and the birdies were plentiful among this international field of elite amateurs. But still leading the pack, this championship s Mr Consistency , Simon Viitakangas who has defied the weather extremes. His third successive 2-under round, sees the 21 year old Queenslander with a share of the lead going into tomorrow s final round. Teeing off with him tomorrow, Melbourne golfer Todd Sinnott whose game gets better the longer this tournament progresses. Six birdies left him five under for the day, six under overall and sharing the lead. The leading international is American, Cameron Wilson. The 21 year old from Connecticut is currently ranked 27 in the world. His second sub-par round leaves him just two shots behind the leading pair. A further shot back is Gold Coast amateur Corey Crawford followed by American Max Buckley and 19 year old New Zealander Tyler Hodge. The round of the day belonged to another Queenslander, 20 year old Aaron Wilkin. His six under 66 sees him with a share of fifth place. He had an eagle on the second hole (par 5), but a bogey on the 16th, the same hole that caught him out yesterday. It is tight at the top in the World Cup competition which is part of the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship. Australia leads the USA by three shots followed by New Zealand, England and China. A warmer day is forecast for the final round of this championship which tees off at 8.00 tomorrow morning; admission to Royal Melbourne is again free.