Thursday, January 08, 2015

Nick Marsh T15, Paul Howard T23  after three 

rounds of Aussie Amateur Masters
England's match-play national champion Nick Marsh, who won the Scottish youths title last year, had a third-round 72 to be sharing 15th place on 215 going into the final day of the Australian Master of the Amateurs tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Marsh, pictured right with the Scottish youths championship trophy,  is nine shots behind Aussie leader Zach Murray (67 for 205).
English stroke-play title-holder Paul Howard is T23 on 215 after a 73.
The third Englishman in the field, Ben Stow, is T58 on 222 after his best round so far, a 72.
Following article courtesy of Jim Conway, Victoria Golf website
On a day of amazing golf at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, a course record that’s stood for 59 years has been equalled and a 17 year old Wodonga schoolboy has skipped away to a two-shot lead going into Friday's final round of this truly world class tournament, the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship.
Nineteen-year-old Sydney player Cameron Douglas  said everything just felt right about his round today …  and why wouldn’t  it? 
He’d just fired off eight birdies and an eagle; a bogey on the 4th his only blemish, on his way to a round of 63 which equals a record that’s stood since 1956.
The man who set that record for the West Course, former Royal Melbourne Golf Club member Tom Crow said he was delighted for Cameron and passed on his warmest congratulations. The founder of the Cobra company, Mr Crow who is now 83, said “putting the Royal Melbourne greens you need to be “damn” good, so Cameron must be some sort of golfer”.   
Cameron goes into tomorrow’s final round of the Championship with a share of sixth place, seven shots behind the leader.
That spot is held by Wodonga teenager Zach Murray whose round of 67 gives him a two-shot break on the rest of the field. The 17 year old  said he’d improved from the first two rounds because he’d been “smarter off the tees”… and he’s feeling good about tomorrow!
Zach will be teeing off with his really good mate Frazer Droop from Yarrawonga who had a round of 68. The best performed international so far is 21 year old American Bryson DeChambeau whose round of 66 leaves him five shots off the lead.
Perhaps the hard luck story of the day came from Queenslander Jake McLeod who had a double bogey on the last but still had a final round of 66 …what might have been!
After a drama packed day, everything is set for a final round for top quality golf to decide the winner of the Green Jacket.             

Play starts at 8am and admission to the four days is free … and for all tournament news and scores go to and click on tournament update at the top of the page or visit Australian Master of the Amateurs Facebook page.

205 Zach Murray 69 69 67
207 Frazer Droop 71 68 68
208 Jake McLeod 71 71 76, Ben Eccles 66 74 68

214 Nick Howard (England) 69 73 72 (T15)
215 Paul Howard (England) 73 69 73 (T23)
222 Ben Stow (England) 75 75 72 (T58)





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