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The Australian Boys' Amateur Championship is open to players aged under 18 years on the first day of play. It is contested over 72-holes stroke play (cut after 36-holes), with a handicap limit of approximately 4.4.
The first Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship was played in 1982 over 54-holes stroke play for players under 21 years of age. Past winners include Adam Scott, Jason Day, Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby.
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Victorian Ryan Ruffels capped his performance with a 72nd hole birdie to win the Australian Boys' Amateur Championship by three strokes on the St.John Course at The Heritage Golf and Country Club.
Ruffels fired rounds of 70-69-68-70 to finish at 11-under par on a rain-soaked course, three clear of New South Welshman Blake Windred who closed with a 4-under par 68. Victorian Brett Coletta finished third, three strokes further back.
"Blake and Brett are both really good players and better than that, they're really good guys. We had a lot of fun out there today," Ruffels said.
"For me the first two rounds, I just kept the ball in front of me. The fairways are nice and wide so you've just got to be able to hit the fairways and with the greens this soft, you're able to get aggressive with the second shot. I was able to hit it close enough to take a bit of stress off the putting and ended up playing pretty stress-free golf for most the four rounds which was great."
Ruffels continued on his recent good form which included victory at the recent Riversdale Cup in Melbourne.
"I think there were four or five guys that came in this week as pretty strong favourites and there are a lot guys in state squads that are really good. To be able to beat those guys this week - I knew I had the ability to win it - but it's just about doing it and I'm very relieved," Ruffels added.
The 15 year-old's exemption into the Emirates Australian Open in November will be his second consecutive appearance.
"I had so much fun playing at the Aussie Open last year, got to play with some really cool guys and obviously having a good tournament as well. It's good to have secured that spot," Ruffels said.
The Boys’ Interstate Teams Matches will be played from 13-16 April will all Australian states and territories represented.
ROUND 2 REPORT
Victorian Ryan Ruffels and New South Welshman Blake Windred have maintained their grip on the lead at the halfway mark of the Australian Boys' Amateur Championship on the St.John Course at The Heritage.
Ruffels backed up his first round 70 with a second round 3-under par 69 to be tied with Windred who shot identical rounds over the first two days.
The pair leads at 5-under par, two strokes clear of Victorian pair Zach Murray and Blake Collyer. Collyer produced the round of the day in tough conditions, finishing with a 4-under par 68 while Murray had 70.
Kiwi Charlie Hillier is in fifth place at 2-under par with Queenslander Charles Pilon and New South Welshman Isaac Noh tied in sixth.
The third and final rounds are played on Friday. The champion earns a place at this year's Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in November.
ROUND 1 REPORT
Three players are tied for the lead with the opening round to be completed tomorrow morning at the Australian Boys' Amateur Championship due to poor light on Wednesday afternoon.
Victorian Ryan Ruffels, New South Welshman Blake Windred and Kiwi Nick Coxon all posted 2-under par 70s to hold the clubhouse lead.
New National Squad member, Victorian Zach Murray and New South Welshman Isaac Noh are tied in fourth place after 1-under par 71s.
The second round begins on Thursday.
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The cut for round 3 was 153.
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Golf Australia received 177 entries for the 2014 Australian Amateur Boys’ Championship. As the maximum field size is 156, unfortunately 21 players have been balloted out. Players on a handicap of 3.6 (at the time of entry) and above (not otherwise exempt) were balloted out.
Those players who have been balloted out have been placed on the reserve list (in order) and will have the opportunity to play should withdrawals occur. We will assume these players wish to remain on the reserve list unless we hear otherwise, and we will contact players should withdrawals occur.
Players who do not gain entry into the event will receive a full refund of their entry fee.
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Tuesday 8 April: Practice Round
Wednesday 9 April: Round 1
Thursday 10 April: Round 2
Friday 11 April: Rounds 3 and 4 & Presentation
Distance Measuring Devices:
Please be advised that the following Local Rule will now be in effect for the Championship:
In this competition a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (eg gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
The following page on the R&A Website provides guidance around the conformance of various DMDs -
R&A Advice on DMDs (if a player uses a non-conforming DMD during competition play, they will be disqualified).
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