02 Aug 2021 | Amateur golf |
Bennett, Morgan win NT Amateur crowns
by Golf Australia
Kelsey Bennett and Lincoln Morgan have taken out the Northern Territory Amateur titles at Alice Springs. Travel restrictions forced withdrawals from the field in the week leading up to the event, with the Queenslanders narrowly avoiding the snap lockdown that came into effect during the third round of the event. Hot and windy conditions added an extra layer of challenge for the players, with winds gusting up to 40 kilometers an hour for the first three days on the exposed Alice Springs layout. “The course conditions were so tough,” said Bennett. “It was both a physical and mental challenge for me out there. “I felt a bit jaded after the first three days, so was happy to get the job done today.” The 21-year-old from St Michael’s in Sydney was thrilled to secure the title after finishing runner-up to Queenslander Cassie Porter in both 2019 and 2018. Kate Buckland from Alice Springs finished in second position behind Bennett. Queenslander Lincoln Morgan led from start to finish to join his brother Jed on the men’s Colin Fuller trophy. “Alice Springs is a great course and presented well,” said 18-year-old Morgan. “The wind gusts made it tough out there, but I was happy to start off strong with a 69 on the first round and then go into the last round with a small buffer up my sleeve”. The Royal Queensland member held off a late charge from hometown favourite Jake Hughes, coming in hot on Sunday with a five-under par round of 67 which included an eagle on the 10th. Michael Keating and Kate Buckland used their local knowledge to their advantage with convincing wins in the net titles. The NT Amateur is scheduled to head back north to Darwin Golf Club at the end of May next year.
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