Date: July 19, 2010

US: Drewitt wins Pacific NorthWest Amateur

MATCH PLAY BRACKET AND FINAL SCORES New South Welshman Brett Drewitt won the 109th PNGA Men’sAmateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia on the weekend. Drewitt, from Inverell in northern NSW, defeated Cory Renfrew of Victoria, British Columbia in the 36-hole final match 4 & 3. Drewitt s most impressive statistic all week was that in all six of his matches, he did not trail an opponent at any stage. In the morning 18-holes, Drewitt, who recently was offered an opportunity to play at Texas Tech University, made six straight pars to gain an early 1-up lead through 6 holes. He broke the match wide-open with a birdie on the 7th, a par on the 8th, and back-to-back birdies on the 9th and 10th to go 5-up through 10 holes. Renfrew buckled down and made a solid par to win one back on the tough par 3 #11, then birdied the 12th and 13th to get the match back to 2-up in favor of Drewitt. The morning 18-holes ended with Drewitt making par on the 18th for a 3-up lead heading into the break. The two traded pars on the first three holes in the afternoon before Drewitt gained another hole on the par-3, 4th to increase his lead to 4-up. Renfrew would charge back with a concession victory on the 6th and a birdie 3 on 8th to get the match back to 2-up in Drewitt s favor heading into the final 9-holes of the match. Renfrew made a miraculous save on the 10th to halve the hole but dropped to 4-down after Drewitt sank a birdie putt on the long par 3, 11th and made a winning par on the 12th. Renfrew s determination kept him in the match after a gutsy par on the 13th won the hole keeping him within striking distance. Drewitt, however, was too much to handle down the stretch as the Australian closed out the match with steady pars on the 14th and 15th. Drewitt, adds the prestigious PNGA Men’sAmateur victory to an already flourishing break-through year in amateur golf. Drewitt s first major amateur victory came in May at the Queensland Amateur Championship. Last week Drewitt competed at the Sahalee Players Championship which is the first leg of the Western Swing and will look to continue his winning ways later this month at the Pacific Coast Amateur at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. New South Wales&apos Matt Stieger won the Medal section of the championship.