08 Jan 2021 | Amateur golf |

Michel, Higo Masters of Ams

by Golf Australia

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Winners Lion Higo and Lukas Michel at Victoria today.

Lukas Michel put another notch on his outstanding amateur record, while Lion Higo dominated the field in the women’s event at the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne today.

Michel, 25, won the men’s title by two shots after making birdies at the final two holes for a closing 69 in the 72-hole event at Victoria Golf Club.

Having made his name by competing in the Masters tournament last year, Michel shot four rounds of par or better to post six-under par overall.

He won by two shots from Tasmanian Ryan Thomas, who also closed with 69 today. Thomas threatened Michel at times but could only make par at the par-five 18th.

Victorian Konrad Ciupuk, the 2016 Victorian boys’ champion, was third at three under par.

Michel had to get over a shaky start where he lost a ball on the short par-four first hole. "I played really nicely. The weather was a lot better than the other rounds, a lot less wind. There was certainly some scores out there," he said. "Being the winner of the Master of the Amateurs. It's a different green jacket to what I was vying for in November last year, but it's great to be the men's champion."

The Gold Coast's Higo, 17, who recently won the Queensland Amateur championship, shot a closing 70 today to win the women’s event by a stunning six shots.

Victorian Stephanie Bunque shot the day’s low round, a 69, to finish runner-up.

Higo drove the green on the par-four 15th to emphasise her dominance, and hit the par-five 18th in two shots to set up her fifth birdie of the day for an exclamation mark. The teenager heads off to begin a college career soon.

"This tournament means so much to me with great organisers, and it's my last tournament before I got to Pepperdine University in America, so great deal," she said. "I'm so excited to come back next year and try to defend my championship."


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