Scotland’s Connor Syme is the 2016 men’s Australian Amateur champion.
The rising Fyfe star said he couldn’t wait to get back to play this year’s Emirates Australian Open after seeing off Sydney’s Travis Smyth 3&2 after an epic 34-hole battle.
The two traded birdies for the best part of eight hours and, in the final analysis, it was Syme’s steadiness and superior driving that held sway.
He had birdie putts on 15 and 16 that would have ended the match, but both shaved the cup and left the match on Smyth’s putter.
The St Michael’s ace gave himself a 2m putt on the 16th to win the hole and push the match to a 35th, but it slid by and the Scotsman rejoiced.
“I can’t believe it, to be honest. It’s been a great week and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet but it’s absolutely fantastic,” Syme said.
“We both played some pretty fair golf and Travis is a great competitor, so I’m very happy to have come out on the right side of it.
“I cannot wait to get back here for the Open – I love this place.”
Smyth played some miraculous shots to stay in touch after Syme extended his halfway 3-up lead to five with birdie on the 8th hole.
He birdied the par-4 12th from deep in the left trees, then went within centimetres of an ace on the 13th to keep in the hunt.
A birdie and win on the 14th hole narrowed the margin to three, but the New South Wales state team member ran out of holes.
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EVENT CONDITIONS, HARD CARD & CHAMPIONSHIPS POLICIES
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Golf Australia received 248 entries for the 2016 Australian Men’s Amateur Championship. The maximum field size for the event was 234. Unfortunately this means 14 players have been balloted out. Players on a handicap of 0.4 and above (not otherwise exempt by categories in Section 6 of the Conditions of Play) were balloted out.
Players on the reserve list will be contacted immediately if places in the field become available. If any players on the reserve list do not wish to remain on the reserve list they are requested to contact GA as soon as possible (email@example.com). Players who do not gain a start in the field will receive a full refund of their entry fee.
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Entries Open: Entries are now CLOSED and late entries are not being accepted
Online Entry Fee: $250.00 on-line (includes practice round, Presentation Function, Championship Gift and Championship Program)
Handicap Limit: Maximum GA handicap 1.0
Entries Close: 5.00 pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 15 December 2015
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Sunday 10 January
Practice round at Peninsula-Kingswood CGC (Kingswood Course); tee times from 7.00 am – 3.00 pm
Practice round at Metropolitan GC; tee times from 12.00 pm - 1.28 pm
Registration at Peninsula-Kingswood CGC (Kingswood Course) from 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
Monday 11 January:
Practice round at Metropolitan GC; tee times from 7.00 am – 3.00 pm
Practice round at Peninsula-Kingswood CGC; tee times from 7.00 am – 11.00 am
Registration at Metropolitan GC from 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
Tuesday 12 January:
1st Qualifying Round: Metropolitan GC & Peninsula-Kingswood CGC (Kingswood Course)
Wednesday 13 January:
2nd Qualifying Round: Metropolitan GC & Peninsula-Kingswood CGC (Kingswood Course)
Thursday 14 January:
AM: 1st Round: Match Play (Metropolitan GC)
Friday 15 January:
AM: 2nd Match Play Round; PM: 3rd Match Play Round (Metropolitan GC)
Sweet Sixteen Dinner (7.00 pm – 8.30 pm) (Metropolitan GC)
Saturday 16 January:
AM: Quarter-Finals Match Play; PM: Semi-Finals Match Play (Metropolitan GC)
Sunday 17 January:
AM & PM: Final (36-holes) (Metropolitan GC)
Conclusion of Play (approx 4 pm): Presentation/Cocktail Reception (Metropolitan GC)
Players are entitled to ONE complimentary practice round on each course ONLY. Play must be from the daily tee markers only.
Please be advised that Metropolitan Golf Club has now made a number of times available on Sunday 10 January as per below
Practice rounds are available at the following times:
> Peninsula-Kingswood CGC (Kingswood Course): From 7.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday 10 January; From 7.00 am – 11.00 am on Monday 11 January
> Metropolitan Golf Club: From 12.00 pm to 1.28 pm on Sunday 10 January; From 7.00 am – 3.00 pm on Monday 11 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
Click here to view practice round times at Metropolitan Golf Club as at 11/1/16 at 5pm
Click here to view practice round times at Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club (Kingswood Course) as at 11/1/16 at 5pm
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.
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). 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 championship rounds.
Range operating times at both clubs is 6.30 am to 6.00 pm.
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.
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. Specific dress regulations of the host clubs can be found at the following link –
> Metropolitan GC – Click here to view the dress regulations at Metropolitan GC
> Peninsula-Kingswood CGC - Click here to view the dress regulations at Peninsula-Kingswood CGC
Sweet Sixteen Dinner: Metropolitan Golf Club; Friday 15 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: Metropolitan Golf Club; Sunday 17 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.
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:
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 be required to submit their club specifications to Golf Australia at the time of entry.
For further information please contact Golf Australia:
Phone: (03) 9626 5050