Sunday, January 06, 2019

Millar and Strauss blitz Australian field

By Olivia McMillan
Matt Millar has teed off 2019 by winning Australia's Blitz Golf at Curlewis Golf Club after an exciting day of golf. Matt Millar and Montana StraussGolf’s answer to T20 cricket, Blitz Golf sees 40 players start the day, separated into two groups of 20 and playing just 9 holes in the first blitz.
The top-12 players from each group then advanced to a six hole blitz before the field was reduced again.
Just the top six players from each group advanced to the three hole blitz before the final blitz, consisting of Millar, Curlewis crowd favourite Deyen Lawson, Vic Open champion Simon Hawkes and WA Open champion Zach Murray, played the 18th hole sudden death until just one remained.
It took just one trip down the par-4 18th for Millar to emerge victorious in his second time playing the Blitz Golf format.
“I am thrilled to come and take out the Curlewis Blitz,” said Millar.
“I played well this morning and had 3-under in the first round to advance then played quite well in the other two rounds.
“I love the Blitz Golf concept. We don’t want to go away from traditional golf all together but it’s great to change it up with a different style. You can play well, you can play poorly or you can play average and you might stay in there the whole day or you may be knocked out early.”
Millar believes his prior experience with the format contributed to his win today in the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series event.
“I enjoyed the Glenelg Blitz last year and I have certainly enjoyed playing it again today,” added Millar.
“Playing Glenelg last year helped, particular with scoring. To start with you might think, with 20 guys in one bracket, you need to shoot 2 or 3-under, but now we have seen that it doesn’t quite work that way.
“Knowing you don’t have to press, particularly when it was tough this afternoon, I think that experience helped and was a great asset.”
The Curlewis Blitz champion will now head to South Australia for the Blitz Golf event being played at Glenelg Golf Club and Millar is aiming for the double.
“Winning again on Sunday would be great. I certainly enjoyed playing Glenelg last time; I thought it was a fantastic course so I am looking forward to that challenge.
“I am playing well; I’ve had some time off which was fantastic because I was pretty well cooked at the end of the year. I’ve come back and not a lot has seemed to have changed, there were a couple of rusty ones but I only just picked up the clubs a couple of days ago.”
The Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series players were joined at Curlewis Golf Club by ALPG Tour players with rookie pro Montana Strauss claiming victory in just her third pro start.
“I am pretty excited and happy with the win,” said Strauss.
“This was really different; it’s not something you usually see in golf tournaments. I liked that we had different playing partners each round.
“I really enjoyed the day.”
In addition to Matt Millar, golf fans heading out to Glenelg Golf Club can expect to see Ian Baker-Finch, Hannah Green, Matt Griffin, Jason Norris, Max McCardle, Jarryd Felton and Michael Sim in action.



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