Date: January 19, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Upsets roll at #AusAm

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The upsets continue to roll at Lake Karrinyup as the Australian Amateur Championship, presented by Swinging Skirts, hits the round of 16.

The men’s round of 32 was played this morning and not only did the tournament lose its number one and two seeds, it also lost arguably its two favourites with Min Woo Lee and Dylan Perry both falling at the last hole.

Lee drew level with fellow West Australian Josh Greer with a par up the short 17th, but lost the radar coming up the 18th and conceded the former Scottish junior his par for victory after excursions right, left and then the greenside sand.

Perry fell to Ren Yonezawa, leaving the Japanese contingent with three players among the final 16.

Impressive youngster Connor McKinney, of Western Australia, missed precious few putts all week in being the No.1 seed, but hooked out a par try from 1.2m on the last to give Zach Murray a 1-up win.

Moments later, McKinney’s co-medallist Darcy Boyd, of New South Wales, fell 1-dn to England’s David Hague after the pair had a back-and-forth tussle throughout.

The most impressive victory of the round came from Victorian David Micheluzzi who almost albatrossed the par-four 15th immediately after putting his opponent Jordan Ayre into a dormie down position.

The resultant eagle was enough for a 6&4 win for the white-hot Micheluzzi who next faces Yonezawa for a shot at the final eight.

Other winners were Queenslanders Peter Lyon and Shae Wools-Cobb, Canadian Hugo Bernard, defending champ Matias Sanchez, Japanese pair Daiki Imano and Keita Nakajima, New South Wales pair Nathan Barbieri and Jordie Garner, Kiwi Jordan Woodall, Victorian Kyle Michel and Joseph Owen, playing on his home course.

Men’s and women’s matches in the round of 16 are now on course.