Golf Australia

Australian Men's Amateur

20 - 25 January 2015
Australian Amateur


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The Australian Men's Amateur Championship is contested over 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 64 players progressing to elimination match play. It is open to players of all ages with an initial field size of 216 players. Its history dates back to 1894 when the (Royal) Melbourne Golf Club began holding an annual event known as the Victorian Golf Cup. This then became known as the amateur championship of Australia. After the formation of the Australian Golf Union in 1898, the Amateur Championship of Australia event was held under its auspices and winners of the Victorian Golf Cup were recognised officially to be Australian amateur champions.

Visit the websites of the host clubs ~ The Australian Golf Club and The Lakes Golf Club

News

Match Play Draws/Results:
> Men's Match Play Draw

What a difference a year makes for Cameron Davis – the new men’s Australian Amateur champion.

Davis, 19, won an epic matchplay final on the 37th hole against New Zealand Tyler Hodge at The Australian today with a birdie on the first extra hole to seal the biggest crown of his burgeoning career.

It was the second win of the day for both the Golf Australia national squad and Golf New South Wales after fellow Sydneysider Shelly Shin earlier won the women’s title.

Davis admitted afterwards that he was exhausted from a long and sapping week, but said it was all worthwhile.

“I wanted to play less (matchplay holes) than what I’ve done, but it doesn’t matter what hole you finish on if you win. It feels good,” he beamed after match that featured 11 birdies and some incredible escape shots, particularly by Hodge.

“A good mindset for matchplay is to expect anything, so I was expecting him to hole long putts and things, so when he did do a crazy shot, I didn’t let it affect me,” Davis said.

“I knew if I stuck to my game plan, kept hitting the shots I was hitting I’d make birdies and keep myself in there.”

In an extra hole that almost summed up the gripping match, both players found the fairway bunker with tee shots on the par-5 first, but the match looked headed for a result when Hodge miscued a hybrid into the trees on the left.

A couple of feisty cockatoos did their best to distract the Kiwi as he played his recovery shot through the trees to again find trouble.

When Davis all but holed his approach shot, a miraculous hole-out was required to extend the match.

As he had done so superbly all day, the left-handed Hodge made a remarkable attempt only to see the ball run past and leave Davis victorious.

It’s a far cry from the gentle giant who was knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the national championship last year who left confident he had the game to compete in the United States in the northern summer.

But after Davis endured a string of underwhelming American results, Golf Australia high performance director Brad James said it was a testmaent to the drive and determination of the Monash Country Club member that he returned a different man.

“Last year was a great learning experience for Cam – his trip to the US helped him rededicate himself and approach his game with a different dedication level,” James said.

“He has come back with a whole different perspective on what work is. He hits the gym and has worked with 100 per cent effort on the process of making himself a better player for the long term.

“You can see that by the fact he was runner-up in the strokeplay section this week, then going on to be so consistent in the matchplay, too.

“It showed the class of player who can compete in both formats because there’s nowhere for him to hide out there.

“It’s a great tribute to him, but for both him and Shelly, it’s a huge achievement by Golf New South Wales to have both winners.

“Golf NSW national coach Dean Kinney has been absolutely brilliant with these guys and it’s a great tribute to them.”

The vastly improved Davis recently won the Victorian Amateur Championship and set a course record-equalling 63 on Royal Melbourne’s West Course during the Australian Master of the Amateurs earlier this month.

Earlier, Hodge made a flying start in the oppressively hot conditions.

Hoping to become the second consecutive New Zealander to win the title after Tae Koh last year, Hodge started with two birdies to go 2-up.

Holes were then halved until the ninth, when Hodge displayed the sublime short game that would be a feature of his day.

Davis would have been pleased with his bogey after finding both the fairway bunker and the water hazard, but Hodge played a wonderful chip shot from the back bunker to make par and snare the momentum, 3-up at the turn.

The Kiwi then played arguably the shot of the tournament on the uphill par-4 13th hole after his drive clipped the trees on the right and left an awkward long approach.

With Davis safely in the fairway, Hodge went for broke and took a line few spectators even considered an option.

Facing a downhill lie, he struck a hybrid through and over then over trees to carry the greenside bunker and find the green. The two-putt par matched Davis’ more conventional one, and must have left the Australian wondering when he would win a hole.

Davis was left shaking his head again on the following hole when his ball moved as he removed a stick in the rough. Forced to replace it with a one-stroke penalty, he wasn’t able to match Hodge’s par and went 4-down.

But Davis eventually won his first hole after playing the better of the two pitch shots from the back of the par-3 15th green.

His surge back into the match was complete when Davis played a spectacular wedge into the breeze on the 18th hole to within centimetres from 110m for a conceded birdie that meant Davis had won the four holes on the trot to square the match.

Both players led at times throughout the second 18, but never by more than one hole and it was fitting that extra time was needed to separate the pair.

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Match Play Draws/Results:
> Men's Match Play Draw



Results:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW QUALIFYING ROUNDS LEADERBOARD
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> Download the Ross Herbert Teams Event Results




Entry Details:
Golf Australia received 262 entries for the 2015 Australian Men’s Amateur Championship. The maximum field size for the event was 216 however the Championship Play Committee has made the decision to increase the field size to 234 players. Unfortunately this means 28 players have been balloted out. Players on a handicap of 0.8 and above (not otherwise exempt by categories in Section 6 of the Conditions of Play) 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. Please contact championships@golf.org.au if you have any queries.

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Schedule:
Sunday 18 January: Practice Round – The Lakes Golf Club
Monday 19 January: Practice Round - The Australian Golf Club
Tuesday 20 January: Round 1 Qualifying – The Lakes Golf Club & The Australian Golf Club
Wednesday 21 January: Round 2 Qualifying - The Lakes Golf Club & The Australian Golf Club
Thursday 22 January: Round 1 - Match Play (32 matches) - The Australian Golf Club
Friday 23 January: AM: Round 2 - Match Play (16 matches); PM: Round 3 - Match Play (8 matches) - The Australian Golf Club
Saturday 24 January: AM: Quarter-Finals (4 matches); PM: Semi-Finals (2 matches) - The Australian Golf Club
Sunday 25 January: Final (36-holes) - The Australian Golf Club



Practice:
Players are entitled to ONE complimentary practice round on each course ONLY. Play must be from the daily tee markers only.

Practice rounds are available at the following times:
> The Lakes Golf Club: From 6.30 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday 18 January
> The Australian Golf Club: From 7.00 am – 3.00 pm on Monday 19 January
Any player who arrives at either club outside of these times will be asked to leave.

Players MUST contact Golf Australia to make a booking for the official practice rounds: phone +61 3 9626 5050 or championships@golf.org.au. On booking a round, players must provide the names of all players if they are booking on behalf of other players (e.g. a player cannot book themselves in four times).

>Update to practice round bookings:
Due to overwhelming and excessive requests for practice rounds on Sunday 18th, Golf Australia will be offering additional tee times for 9 holes only, off the 10th Tee. Players choosing to utilize these tee times will also have full access to practice facilities as well as the option to walk the first 9 providing they do not interfere with playing groups.

Practice round tee time as at 11.30 am 18.01.15:
>View practice round tee times for Sunday 18 January - The Lakes Golf Club
>View practice round tee times for Monday 19 January - The Australian Golf Club

During a practice round a player may play one ball only throughout the round with the following exceptions:
> If a player misses the fairway with their drive, they may play one additional tee shot from the tee;
> If a player misses the green with their approach shot, they may play one additional shot to the green;
> Not more than three chip shots may be played from beside the green, and only then provided such practice shots do not damage the course;
> Only two bunker shots may be played towards the green from a greeenside bunker. All other bunker shots must be played away from the green;
> Only three practice putts are permitted.
> Notwithstanding the above regulations, no additional practice strokes shall be played if the group behind is waiting to play. Additionally, course staff retain absolute right of way.

Competitors in breach of these practice conditions are liable to face action under Golf Australia’s Code of Conduct.



Practice Facilities:
IMPORTANT: The practice facilities at the host venues are for warm up and cool down purposes only (i.e. not for players to remain at the course all day using the facilities). Additionally, drill putting is NOT permitted. Any player in breach of these conditions may be removed from the Championship.

A practice fairway is available at both clubs and competitors will receive complimentary practice balls during the practice round and championship rounds.

Range operating times at both clubs is 6.30 am to 5.00 pm.

> The Australian Golf Club: Range balls with be available at the driving range
> The Lakes Golf Club: Coded tickets will be available from the Pro Shop to acquire range balls



Dress Regulations for Players AND Spectators:
“Hard/Metal” spikes are not permitted. Players, caddies and spectators must adhere to dress which is neat, tidy and appropriate to the game. Jeans, track or leisure pants, and clothing, hats, caps, and visors with excessive slogans or advertising are not permitted.

Please note at The Australian Golf Club, Men with shorts must wear either long socks or short socks in plain white or Golf Club monogrammed.Anklet socks are not acceptable.

Players and spectators are reminded that they are guests of the clubs and failure to adhere to dress regulations may result in them being asked to change or purchase appropriate dress.



Tournament Functions:
Sweet Sixteen Dinner: The Australian Golf Club; Friday 23 January; 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
It is MANDATORY that the 8 men and 8 women contesting the Quarter-Finals attend a two-course dinner with officials and sponsors. Player dress: dress shirt and long pants (women equivalent).

Presentation & Cocktail Reception: The Australian Golf Club; Sunday 25 January; approx 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
All players and officials are invited to attend the Presentation and Cocktail Reception. Player dress: Golf attire.



Groove Condition:
The following Condition will be in effect for the 2015 Australian Amateur:

The player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010.

*PENALTY FOR CARRYING, BUT NOT MAKING STROKE WITH, CLUB OR CLUBS IN BREACH OF CONDITION:
> Match play - At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round - Two holes.
> Stroke play - Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round - Four strokes.
> Match or stroke play - In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.

*Any club or clubs carried in breach of this condition must be declared out of play by the player to their opponent in match play or their marker or a fellow competitor in stroke play immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. If the player fails to do so, they are disqualified.
PENALTY FOR MAKING STROKE WITH CLUB IN BREACH OF CONDITION:
Disqualification.

Please note that Golf Australia will NOT be conducting field testing during the Australian Amateur Championship and players will need to resolve any questions about their clubs prior to arriving at the Championship.

The R&A has a Club Groove Search facility available at http://www.randa.org/en/Equipment/Equipment-Search/Informational-Clubs.aspx to assist players in determining if their clubs conform to the specifications.

Players will also be required to submit their club specifications to Golf Australia at the time of entry and we will check the conformance of all clubs at this time.



Accommodation:

Unfortunately billet accommodation/private housing is NOT available.

Official Tournament Hotel: The Mecure Hotel, Sydney

818 – 820 George Street, Sydney NSW
Ph: +61 2 9217 6666
Email: h2073@accor.com
Website: The Mecure Hotel, Sydney

Special Championship Rate
Queen or Twin Room: $195.00 per night
Early bird rates may also be available
Rates are subject to availability

CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATIONS

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For further information please contact Golf Australia:
Phone: (03) 9626 5050 or Emily Miller on 0418 426 613
E-mail: championships@golf.org.au

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