23 Jan 2020 | Amateur golf |
Teammates face off for NSW title
By David Tease, Golf NSW
State teammates Kelsey Bennett and Grace Kim will meet in Friday's NSW Women’s Amateur final after a roller-coaster afternoon at St Michael’s Golf Club.
With the temperature nudging the 40s it was the cool calm and collected Bennett who put on a clinical display dispatching the British Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy 4 & 2 on Friday.
“I’m stoked, really stoked,” Bennett said after the round. “I figured she would be pretty good in the wind, coming from Great Britain, playing on links courses.”
A St. Michael’s member, Bennett admitted the key for both of her wins was her local knowledge.
“I know you have to stay smooth with the wind out here, rather than trying to overhit. They will balloon, and that is the worst thing you can do.”
”I knew the spots on the greens to aim for, and I planted my approach shots there.”
Bennett is looking forward to tomorrow’s final, and the prospect of facing Kim is a daunting one. Bennett knows it will take her best to win.
“I’m just going home to sleep, I won’t be leaving anything on the table at all, and I’ll be giving it my all," she said.
Kim, by contrast, ended up in a battle royale against the never-say-die Queenslander, Sarah Wilson.
After dispatching 12-year-old Ann Jang in the morning, Kim faced the more experienced Wilson in the afternoon. With the lead barely swinging more than a hole either way throughout the afternoon, the pair came to the 18th all square.
With the pair on opposite sides of the fairway, Kim, first to play rifled her approach to about 15 feet behind the flag, while Wilson missed the green short and right. Both made par, and extra holes were required.
The pair traded bogeys on the first, before heading to the second. Kim, with the honour, smashed a metal wood to within 75 metres of the green, but Sadly for Wilson, her tee shot went left and into trouble, requiring a drop for an unplayable lie.
After hitting the green, Kim calmly two-putted for par, and she was into her second NSW Amateur final in as many years.
The men’s final will be an all England affair for the second time in three years with Callum Farr and Benjamin Schmidt to meet.
Farr was the day’s giant killer, taking down the Aussie Amateur champion Jed Morgan, while Schmidt accounted for the talented Kiwi Jayden Ford.
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