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Teasdale's defence starts well

Josh Greer
Josh Greer at the 2019 WA Amateur

A near capacity field of 161 players took to the greens at the WA State Amateur Championships today at Wanneroo Golf Club. Entrants were mostly Western Australian locals with several international competitors descending on Wanneroo from as far as Singapore and Indonesia.

The course was presented well and recent renovations ensured that the venue was well and truly capable of hosting this prestigious event.

Weather conditions were perfect but an early start meant there were some wayward shots on the first hole due to the direction of the sun.

2018 title holder Abbie Teasdale of Royal Fremantle Golf Club finished her days play on an enviable three-under-par 70. The current joint leader Abbie told us,

“I'm working on not thinking about the outcome but planning every shot, one at a time," Teasdale said post round.

Joint leader Katherine Norris from Mandurah Country Club was also happy with her round.

“I had a tricky start on the 10th and ended up in the rough. I punched it out of the trees into a green side pot then ended up with a par," said Norris.

Joondalup Resort and Country Club member Josh Greer had an outstanding round of three-under-par 69.

A keen golfer since the age of 5, the 17-year-old managed to make three birdies. When asked how he would continue with the tournament Josh said he would "play the course in a very similar way and hope for an even better result.”

International competitor Naraajie Ramadhanputra from Indonesia made an eagle on the second hole. He ended the round with a total of 74 in 21st place.

Perhaps the most spectacular shot of the day was a hole-in-one made on the 15th by Jason Larkin from Hartfield Golf Club.

A cut is made after 36 holes played on Wednesday and Thursday with the top 32 men and 16 women progress through to the match play section of the tournament.

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