27 Jan 2021 | Amateur golf |

Bennett, Guan take NSW strokeplay crowns

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NSW Stroke Play winner Kelsey Bennett celebrates with proud grandmother Patsy Alloway on Tuesday. Photo: Golf NSW, David Tease

By David Tease, Golf NSW

Kelsey Bennett and Jeffrey Guan have won the strokeplay sections of the New South Wales Amateur. St Michael’s Bennett has put on a mini masterclass at Kooindah Waters on Tuesday, carding a three-under 69 in sweltering conditions to claim the 36-hole women’s strokeplay championship. The Mollymook-based tyro led at every turn to win by four shots from defending women’s amateur champion Grace Kim, and overnight co-leader Claire Shin from Twin Creeks. Bennett made her intentions clear from the outset with birdie her first hole, the tenth, to grab an immediate two-shot lead. She added another birdie on the par-four 13th, and despite two bogies on the 14th and 16th, turned for home at even par with a two-shot lead. Bennett all but ensured the women’s title was in her keeping with an eagle on the first (her 10th) to get to three under, before her final birdie of the day on the eighth put the result out of doubt. It was a little harder than he anticipated, but Guan claimed medallist honours in the men's section at the Magenta Shores Golf Resort. Guan’s one over par 73 was more than good enough to take the title by five shots on an afternoon where more than a few players chances were blown away in the strengthening north-easterly which arrived a little later than expected. And as the wind got stronger, it was Guan, showing a mastery of his ball flight and spin control who fared best, all but leaving the field in his wake. "It was very tough today," he said. "It was very windy. The last nine holes it was just about getting it into the fairway. It was a good feeling to finish with a birdie." With three major wins in almost as many weeks, Guan was at a loss to describe where his golf game’s magic dust was coming from. He was, however hoping for it to continue beginning with today’s matchplay rounds. Matchplay draw

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Jeffrey Guan on his way to medallist honours on Tuesday. Photo: David Tease, Golf NSW

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