Top amateurs battle the elements for MOTA exemptions
BATTLING rain, wind and even a bit of hail, Australia’s top amateurs toughed it out at Royal Melbourne’s West course last month, as they each attempted to snare one of the highly-prized exemptions into January’s Australian Master of the Amateurs tournament.
Playing from the back markers, the competitors saw Royal Melbourne in peak condition, as the course was nearing its final preparations for next month’s Presidents Cup. With smooth greens, carpetlike fairways and heavy rough all around, players were treated to a sneak peek of what the world’s best players will face in November.
But Mother Nature had plans of her own, subjecting the field to some extremely wild weather, which saw hail interrupt play at one point.
At the end of the day, Fourteen players earned exemption into January’s championship, with Lakelands’ Ryan Peake taking top honours with a score of 71. Other qualifiers included: Tom Bond, Grange Golf Club, 73; Nathan Holman, Woodlands Golf Club, 74; Ryan Laird, Commonwealth Golf Club, 74; Tom Power Horan, Cheltenham Golf Club, 74; John Yim, New South Wales Golf Club, 77; Ashley Blake, Shepparton Golf Club, 78; Jarrod Freeman, Concord Golf Club, 78; Aden Louez, Bonville Golf Resort, 78; DJ Loypur, Heritage Golf Club, 78; Anthony Murdaca, Grange Golf Club, 78; Kevin Smith, Waverley Golf Club, 78; Brady Watt, Royal Perth Golf Club, 78 and Jordan Zunic, Bonnie Doon Golf Club 78.
The tournament is Australia’s top ranked amateur event on the R&A World Rankings list, and it regularly draws the top amateur golfers in the world, including players like Rickie Fowler, Tom Lewis and Australia’s own Jason Day. The 2012 Australian Master of the Amateurs will be played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from January 9-13.
For full results and information: www.masteroftheamateurs.com.au
Master of the Amateurs qualifiers (not shown: Nathan Holman)