Sunday, February 08, 2009

Aussie overpowers Kellett over closing

holes of New South Wales final

Ross Kellett (Colville Park), one up with six to play, went down by 2 and 1 to Michael Smyth, playing over his home course at The Australian Golf Club, in the 36-hole final of the New South Wales amateur match-play championship today.
Kellett, who was the sixth seed, was three up after seven holes but had been pulled back to square by the 14th and dropped to two down after 17.
The Scot, who had his 2lst birthday on January 9, fought back to square the contest at the 20th but had slipped two down again by the 26th.
It was a fluctuating contest that Kellett squared at the 29th and led at the 30th for the first time since the early stages.
But Smyth, who was the 16th seed, won the 31st to get back on level terms and then took the 32nd and 34th to regain a one-hole lead. The Australian birdied the 35th for a 2 and 1 victory.
All credit to Kellett for two weeks of solid, sometimes inspired golf. First he came through the NSW Medal in sixth position in a very good field and then he fought his way through to the final of the match-play. Certainly Ross's best sustained performance outside the UK.

FINAL (36 holes) - Smyth (Aus) bt Kellett (Sco) 2 and 1.



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