Top ama­teurs bat­tle the el­e­ments for MOTA ex­emp­tions

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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.mas­terofthea­ma­

Mas­ter of the Ama­teurs qualifiers (not shown: Nathan Hol­man)

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