Mandurah Amateur Past Results
FELTON BLOWS AWAY COMPETITION AT MANDURAH AM
Jarryd Felton has gone back to back on the Amateur circuit with a two shot victory in a shortened Steelscene Mandurah Amateur.
A long blast of the siren early into Round Four confirmed what most had been suspecting through the weekend, that the weather would have its say by the end of the event.
Despite the shortened format, no-one could suggest that Felton’s victory in a field that boasted eight of Australia’s top 20 amateur golfers was anything but a worthy one. In a tournament where weather took center stage, Felton handled the difficult conditions masterfully, shooting 71, 71 and 73 to lead wire to wire and take the championship by two shots over Aaron Wilkin and Nathan Waters of New South Wales.
The highlight of Felton’s weekend was an eagle on the 11th in Round Three that catipulted him from equal first to the outright lead with a two shot buffer. Felton had pushed his lead out to three shots to sit at 2-under par into Round Four when play was cancelled with rain and wind inexcess of 130km/h forecast.
Ranked in the four-hundreds at the start of September, Felton will move well into the top 200 after his back to back victories this month. Felton’s first National Amateur championship could also have big implications in helping him move into the higher tiers of the WA High Performance Program where increased funding and career development are available.
Felton was cruising when play was called off on the 5th tee, a drive down the middle was immediatley followed by being informaed that he was the Mandurah Amateur Champion.
“Yeah it felt strange. I hit my tee shot on the par 5 on the fifth hole and I was told were pulling play. I thought I would have to come back in a few hours to finish off but then he said ?Congratulations you’re the champion’.?
“I was playing really well and hitting the greens and two putt pars so I was happy with how I was going to that point.?
Felton has long been touted as the next big thing in WA golf and his two recent victories will certainly give some weight to the hype around the 18-year old from Gosnells Golf Club.
“Its good to finally live up to expectations, last week gave me a lot of confidence and it was good to bring that through to this weekend.”
With his victory, Felton joins previous champions such as 2006 US Open Winner Geoff Ogilvy, Brett Rumford, and Jarrod Moseley and will be looking to taking his run of form to Mount Lawley Golf Club where he will take on some of the nations best professionals at the Nexus Risk Services John Hughes WA Open Championship in October.
In the teams event, Western Australia and New South Wales have shared the spoils of the Interstate Teams competition, tied on 447 strokes each with Queensland taking third place with 448 strokes.
FELTON LEADS AT THE HALFWAY MARK
Gosnells’ Jarryd Felton maintained his one shot buffer over the field at the Steelscene Mandurah Amateur in some great golfing conditions at the Mandurah Country Club.
With his second straight round of 71, Felton is the only player to shoot back to back under par scores. A bogey on the opening hole and a double bogey on the ninth left Felton tied with Kiran Day at the turn, however a great back nine with two birdies and no bogeys was enough to keep the City of Perth Champion in front at the half way mark.
Royal Perth’s Kiran Day’s round of 70 ensured that WA held the top two positions in the standings. Day raced out of the blocks, birding three of the first seven holes. A run of three bogeys on the 9th, 11th and 13th would send him back over par for the tournament before two birdies on the final three holes put Day back on Felton’s heels.
Sitting third after an impressive second round of 67 is Cameron Davis of New South Wales. Davis took advantage of the great scoring conditions to make a ten shot improvement on his opening round score. Six birdies highlighted his day, with a bogey on the 14th being his only blemish.
“I’m very happy as I didn’t play that badly yesterday”, said Davis after the round. “It’s just the conditions are so much easier today. I felt like I played the same today but rolled a few more putts in.”
Felton, Day and Davis will be grouped together tomorrow for an epic 36 hole finale with some more bad weather forecasted. On a high after a big win last week, Felton is looking to replicate his opening two rounds in some vastly different conditions.
“I’ve got some confidence coming from the City of Perth, and I’m playing well in tough conditions and putting really well so things are looking good.” Said Felton at the conclusion of Round 2.
Felton will be looking to do more of the same tomorrow with an approach that has brought him plenty of success over the last few weeks.
“It’s going to be tough tomorrow, I’ll be playing for the middle of the green, two putt pars and walking to the next hole. It’s just the way I’ve been playing. Off the tee I’ve been hitting pretty straight and holing the putts I need to, so it’s been good.”
World Number 4 Brady Watt sits in 23rd place after a horrendous round of 82 on the Saturday. Watt consolidated today with a round of 71 that included an eagle on the first hole. Despite sitting 11 shots off the pace, Watt cannot be ruled out at this stage.
NSW LEADS NATIONAL TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the National Teams Championships, held simultaneously at the Mandurah Amateur that includes two state players preselected by each state golf body, NSW holds a two shot buffer over WA with Queensland in 3rd another two shots off the pace.
FELTON TAKES LEAD INTO ROUND 2
Gosnells’ Jarryd Felton has a one stroke lead after the opening round of the Steelscene Mandurah Amateur Open in a day that will long be remembered for its deplorable conditions at Mandurah Country Club.
With a cold front sweeping through the state’s south west, players were faced with wind gusts around 60km/h and persistent rain which made scoring extremely difficult.
Felton, fresh from his victory in the world ranked City of Perth Amateur Championship put together a brilliant round to finish 1-under par highlighted by three birdies and only two bogeys.
One stroke back is NSW State Team representative Callan O’Reilly who lies in outright second place after shooting an even par round of 72.
Things didn’t fare well for pre tournament favourite Brady Watt who had a day he’d rather forget after a 10-over par round of 82.
The golf course held up remarkably well in the conditions with no play suspensions necessary despite the heavy showers.
Players will be relieved that tomorrow’s forecast predicts the winds to subside and with only intermittent showers in the morning,
BUMPER FIELD TO CONTEST MANDURAH AMATEUR
Watt is back in Australia after a successful tour of America, where he finished as Semi-Finalist at the US Amateur and was awarded co-medallist honours after qualifying T1 during the opening two rounds of strokeplay.
The Mandurah Amateur Open Championship is a National Ranking Event played over 72 holes of Stroke Play. Day one and two will each include 18 holes with 36 holes being played on the final day.
While the “Owen Tuckey Medal” is the main prize for the weekend for the eventual winner of the open event, two players have been nominated by each state body to compete in the Two-Man cup, with the state with the lowest score over the 72 holes being declared the winner.
Two-Man Cup squads with national ranking.
Ben Eccles (36)
Ricky Kato (28)
Jake McLeod (20)
Heath Riches (87)
The Steelscene Mandurah Bowl will run simultaneously on the Saturday & Sunday of the event and is open to all male amateur competitors.