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#AusAm: Guarding their Territories

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Harry Bolton during Round of 64 at Woodlands Golf Club

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International raiders – and Australia’s territories – flexed their muscle on day one of the men’s Australian Amateur Championship match play.

After the loss of top seed and world No.6 David Micheluzzi in the first match out, shockwaves were felt around Woodlands, putting the smell of more upsets in the air.

But other than Queenslander Yuji Sekito knocking out world No.34 Canadian Joey Savoie, most of the rest of the Round of 64 matches went to or near script.

It was encouraging to see two players from the ACT and another from the Northern Territory so prominent for the host nation.

Alice Springs ace Jake Hughes took out Korean Jang Hyun Lee just minutes before Royal Canberra duo Jordan Ayre and Harry Bolton flexed their collective muscle in impressive victories.

Ayre took down Finland’s Ilari Saulo, a promising US collegiate player, 6&5, then celebrated his clubmate Bolton’s imperious 4&2 win over South Australian Jack Buchanan.

New South Wales enjoyed the best day of the traditional powerhouse states with six players advancing to the Round of 32, including Micheluzzi’s conqueror, Harrison Crowe.

Blake Windred, the No.2 seed, set up an all-Newcastle Friday clash with Corey Lamb, while rising trio Nathan Barbieri, Jordie Garner and Justin Warren each advanced in style.

Two former #AusAm winners, Keita Nakajima and Victorian Matias Sanchez, each advanced with the reigning Japanese champ finding peak form with a string of six successive back-nine birdies to take down local hope Lukas Michel 2&1 in a high-qualty clash.

Nakajima will have two compatriots with him tomorrow, but also plenty of international support with four Englishman, three Germans, an Irishman, a Singaporean and three New Zealanders, including world No.19 Daniel Hillier, all progressing.

18 April 2019
BALGOWLAH: Mxd: Stableford: A: N McMurray (13) 42. B: P Hayes-Williams (18) 33 cb. C: T Williams (28) 35. more
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