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WRAP: Grierson rolling on in a watershed week

Jamies Grierson
WINNER: James Grierson and Josh Greer shake hands after Grierson's 2&1 win.

Tuesday's qualifying mark came as a relief for NSW State team captain James Grierson. Ironically, it was the first time in several attempts that he had made it to the matchplay rounds at the NSW Amateur.

“It’s been a long day but I’m happy. It’s always nice to get the first couple of matches out of the way.



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“This tournament has been a monkey on my back. It’s nice to take it off,” Grierson beamed after dispatching the well regarded West Australian, Josh Greer 2&1.

Earlier, Grierson had his ‘first’ win in the NSW amateur against up-and-coming Newcastle junior Jacob Dundas 5&3. Greer, however, was a far tougher opponent.

“Josh played good. He holed a lot of putts, and I had to hit a lot of good shots. I’m glad to have pulled off the win.”

Grierson is pretty happy with his golf this week, some mental work and confidence in his long game is beginning to pay dividends.

“I've been working hard, and it's nice to have some confidence. The work I have done mentally is helping, so it feels nice."

As for tomorrow. Grierson is looking forward to going even deeper into the knockout rounds.

“I love playing match play and am looking forward to whoever I have play next,” he added.


 Barbieri, Grierson, Higgins flying the flag

Nathan Barbieri
WINNER: Nathan Barbieri and Callan Barrow shake hands after Barbieri won on the 17th hole

Australian Amateur runner-up Nathan Barbieri, Lucas Higgins of Murwillumbah and Bonnie Doon’s James Grierson are the sole male NSW representatives left standing after the first day of the NSW Amateur match play rounds at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club.

Barbieri continued his recent stellar form, accounting for England’s Matty Lamb in the morning session 1-up before claiming the scalp of another Englishman, Callan Barrow, 2&1 late this afternoon.

With Fox TV personality and former NRL star Braith Anasta on his bag for the duration of the day, Barbieri played with a level of composure and looks ready to go one step better than last week.

Barbieri and Anasta
WHOSE YOUR CADDY?: Nathan Barbieri and Braith Anasta walking up the 11th hole

“A very long day, I didn’t want to go the full 18 this afternoon, but he pushed me there, so I’m happy I got the win.

“I am so tired, but I have to keep going, keep recovering, I will keep the fluids up.”

Barbieri explained the relationship with Anasta was forged through his father, Ernie, who worked with the former NRL star at Fox.

“Dad used to work with him at Fox Sports.

“He's just a great bloke; he’s helping me out a lot which is good.

“He can hit a ball too; he has some golf knowledge.

“We had a great chat all day, and we just had to switch on when the shot is on, and when it's not just talking about whatever,” Barbieri said.

Barbieri will face gun Queenslander Jed Morgan in tomorrow’s semi-final, a task he knows will be a tough one. He understands what he has to do and doesn’t think the game plan will need too much adjusting.

“Keep doing the same thing, play smart off the tee and give myself as many chances as I can,” he smiled.

Stephanie Kyriacou
THUMBS UP: Stephanie Kyriacou was too strong for New Zealand's Carmen Lim

England’s Emily Toy has gone down gallantly to Queensland’s Sarah Lee in the first round of the Women's NSW Amateur at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club.

Lee, 17, speaking through an interpreter described her win as a great result.

“I was mentally strong today, and I played well,” she smiled.

“Emily was good. It was a difficult match to win."

Lee will now face the formidable Grace Kim, who made short work of the young kiwi Fiona Xu 6&4.

“It will be very tough,” Lee smiled.

In other results, Australian Master of the Amateurs Champion Stephanie Kyriacou made short work of Carmen Lim, winning 6&5, while England’s Cara Gainer kept the English colours flying with a 4&3 win over Doey Choi.

Kyriacou was happy with her win.

“I am hitting it really good, and I have myself heaps of birdie looks. I rolled a few in early and it got me off to a good start.

“I was four up through four,” Kyriacou said.

The Women’s quarter-final action will begin tomorrow at 7.40am.


Upsets set the stage for afternoon action

James Grierson
SET:James Grierson stares a shot down on the tenth during his match against Newcastle's Jacob Dundas

Local favourites Josh Armstrong and Jordie Garner have been bundled out of the 2019 Amateur after the conclusion of the morning matchplay.

Armstrong was never in his match against India’s Kartik Sharma, going down 4&3 in one of the more surprising results.

Garner, who was set to go a few steps better than last week’s loss to his mate Blake Windred, had no answer for Canada’s Josh Whalen.

Wollongong's Thomas Heaton looked like causing the biggest upset of the day, with a two-up lead over medallist Joey Savoie after nine holes, but he was unable to maintain the edge over his much more experienced opponent.

Other results saw James Conran stage a late fightback against Connor McKinney before going down on the last, while Royal Canberra's Jordan Ayre went down after 21 holes to Indonesia's Emerald Ramadhanputra.

Matches continue this afternoon.

Early Matches throw some surprises

Connor McKinney
EARLY: Connor Mc Kinney is well up early in his match against James Conran

Play has resumed at the NSW Amateur after a one hour lightning delay and with some matches producing surprising results. Connor McKinney has a three hole lead over Orange product James Conran, while Canberra's Jordan Ayre holds a one hole lead over Indonesia's Emarald Ramadhanputra.

The women's matches get under way at 11.03 am.


#NSWAm Matchplay begins

2019 NSW Amateur
The NSW Amateur Matchplay is underway at Terrey Hills

The NSW Amateur has reached the match play rounds. 

Unable to be seperated after six holes last night, Thomas Heaton managed to overcome Tom Sloman after another three holes to grab the final spot in the men's field.

Stay tuned for more throughout the day. 

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