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Smyth grabs Medal as heat takes toll

Travis Smyth
Travis Smyth on his way to winning the 2017 Men's NSW Strokeplay Medal

Travis Smyth didn’t let the intense heat or his unfamiliarity with Killara Golf Club affect his golf today; he backed up his first round 8-under effort with an impressive six under par 72 in this morning’s second round of the NSW Amateur Championship.

The 21-year-old from Shellharbour set a 36-hole total score of 14-under par which is also his personal best two-round score. Unfortunately for Smyth, he won’t be taking part in the matchplay rounds due to a prior wedding commitment.

“I’m a bit disappointed about not going onto the Matchplay, we all practice and play to try and win, and this is the biggest title in the State, but a close friend of mine is getting married on Thursday, and I committed to that,

“I wish it were four rounds so I could beat my record,” Smyth said.

Smyth was clearly at ease around the North Shore layout today, making five birdies and an eagle, in an impressive display of shotmaking. HIs only blemish, a bogey on the par four 14th.

“Everything went well today, just like yesterday,” he smiled.

“Michael Quinn invited me here earlier this week, I haven’t played here for a while, I wasn’t too comfortable, but after a practice round with him, I knew exactly what to do,

“The greens are a bit slow around here, I was hitting my putts pretty hard, and even then they would only roll a foot or so past,” Smyth said.

Henry Spring
Whakatane Golf Club's Henry Spring

New Zealand’s Henry Spring carded the round of the day at Killara, a 7-under par 65 that included two eagles in his front nine. It is also the Whakatane Golf Club representatives lowest ever round.

“I holed out for eagle from 128m on the sixth, then eagled nine, they really got my round going,”

“This is my personal best. My next best was 5-under at the Riversdale Cup. It’s pretty nice to get a PB,” he smiled.

The 18-year old Kiwi will head into the matchplay round as top seed, and after contending at the Avondale Amateur will be ready to go deep in the matchplay rounds. He also has a couple of junior titles under his belt.

“I won the New Zealand u/19 boys, and I’ve also won the NSW Boys title and the Queensland boys title,” he smiled.

Rounding out the top five are the English pair of Marco Penge and Scott Gregory, alongside Newcastle 19-year-old Blake Windred.

A late change in the weather has dealt a blow to some players who were faced to process to the matchplay rounds. The top 32 and ties will progress to the matchplay rounds which begin tomorrow. A playoff at one-over par was required between seven golfers for the remaining two places in the matchplay field.

Rebecca Kay
Rebecca Kay finished as runner-up in the 2017 Women's NSW Strokeplay

In the Women's NSW Strokeplay Championship, Korea's Hye Jin Choi defended her 2016 title after firing a four-under par 70 for a 10-under par total of 136.

Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Rebecca Kay finished in a tie for second place after carding 3-under par round of 71. She finished alongside firs round Leader, Korea's Haeran Ryu, who could only post a one-over par 75 in the tough conditons. 
 

The top 16 Women qualifyfor the Matchplay rounds which begin tomorrow at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club.

 

MATCH PLAY DRAW IS AVAILABLE HERE

CCA
24 May 2018
BALGOWLAH: Men: Stableford White: A: R McLean (9) 43. B: P Grainger (20) 37. C: N Mansfield (30) 41. more
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