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Gregory Set for Masters debut

Scott Gregory
England's Scott Gregory will tee it up at the Masters in April

Englishman Scott Gregory is developing a liking for the Terrey Hills layout, with its wide rolling fairways and large smooth putting surfaces.

The 2016 British Amateur Champion has breezed into the quarter-finals of the NSW Amateur Championship today after a pair of 2 & 1 wins against Kiwi Luke Brown and Korean Chanmin Jung.

“I played good, solid all day. Both matches were trading birdies, not bogies, so that’s the way you like to play,” he said.

Gregory is on his first visit to Australia as part of the English men’s team. Despite being a little rusty early on the four-week trip, his form has improved every tournament.

“The first week was a bit rusty, I hadn’t been on the golf course for over a month,” he smiled.

“At the Aussie Amateur, I qualified 6th and made the top 16 of the match play, then ran inside the top 20 at Avondale last week,”

The 22-year old is looking to finish off his stay with a win in the NSW Amateur before he heads home to begin to prepare for the two biggest starts in his young golf career, the Masters and the US Open, which he received courtesy of his 2016 Amateur Championship triumph.

“I’ve got all the plans in place when I get back; it’s just getting ready to go there,

The realisation of winning the Amateur and going to play in the Masters and US Open took a while to sink in for Gregory. Within a fortnight of his triumph, he was teeing it up at Royal Troon, and according to him, there wasn’t a lot of time to think about it. The Masters, however, is a different matter.

“The Masters, I don’t know when that will sink in, it one of those things that make you smile whenever you think about it,

As for the fabled hand-written invitation to walk up Magnolia Lane, Gregory hasn’t had the opportunity to hold it just yet.

“It turned up about three days after I got here,

“I told her if there’s a letter that shows up that looks like it been hand written, can you open it on FaceTime. she opened it up and she framing it now, I hope.” he smiled.

When asked about whether his girlfriend would be his caddy in the famous Par Three Tournament, Gregory laughed, “She doesn’t play golf, so I’ll be using my coach,” he grinned. 

19 January 2019
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