16 Jan 2016
Travis Smyth swept aside fellow Sydneysider Austin Bautista this afternoon to reach his first Australian Amateur Championship final.
Smyth, 21, played near flawless golf to beat his Bonnie Doon rival 5&3 and set up a mouth-watering finale tomorrow with Scotland’s Connor Syme, who was equally impressive in his semi.
Syme took down Welshman Evan Griffith 6&5 in quick time, easing concerns over blisters on his feet, especially with the decider a 36-hole showdown.
Smyth, a NSW state team player from St.Michael’s, didn’t make a bogey and was four under par when Bautista ran out of holes on the 15th.
“I’m really happy with the way I played today … I putted well and didn’t make too many mistakes,” he said.
“And I managed to get my way out of trouble when I did make a bad swing, so it was pleasing, especially in a semi-final of the national championship.”
Syme, who also rolled in some fantastic putts in his earlier quarter-final, was again frugal with the flat stick in downing his fellow Brit.
“I’m starting to get a good feel for the greens, which is nice,” said Syme, who played down his blisters.
“It won’t be a problem for the final, especially with only playing 13 holes this afternoon.”
The 36-hole final begins at 8.30am AEDT at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club, where entry is free.
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