Paul Howard of England claims New South Wales Amateur
Paul Howard
Paul Howard

PYMBLE, Australia — Paul Howard was one of a few amateur golfers from England to spend the warm summer months of January and February in Australia. Along with the highly-ranked Nick Marsh and Ben Stow, as well as a few others, the English players escaped the brutal winters of Great Britain for some spectacular golf down under.

On Tuesday at Avondale Golf Club, Howard captured the New South Wales Amateur with an extra-hole victory over Australia's David Micheluzzi at Avondale Golf Club.

Howard was playing in his fourth Australian event, having already completed the Lake Macquarie Amateur, Australian Amateur, and Master of the Amateurs, where he tied for fifth.

Howard reached the halfway point of Tuesday's 36-hole match 1-down to Micheluzzi before the Aussie made back-to-back birdies on holes 1 and 2 to go 3-up. Howard brought the match to all-square with wins on holes 12 and 13, then made a clutch birdie to bring the match square again on 17.

Recent Australian Amateur winner Cameron Davis medaled in the event, which was shortened due to rain. The typical 72-hole stroke play was truncated to only 36 before the top-32 met in match play. Davis fell in the quarterfinals to Brayden Petersen, who Micheluzzi defeated in the semis.

Click here for the full match play bracket.

On the women's side, Eun-Bin Lim defeated Eun-Jeong Seong in an all Korean final. So-young Lee, also of Korea, medaled for the second time in less than a month, but fell in the quarters to Lim. Lee also was medalist at the Australian Amateur before she was ousted in the quarters.

For the full women's match play bracket, click here.

Results For New South Wales Men's Amateur Championship
WinEnglandPaul HowardEngland700
Runner-upAustraliaDavid MicheluzziAustralia500
SemifinalsAustraliaAndrew TharleAustralia400
SemifinalsAustraliaBrayden PetersenAustralia400
QuarterfinalsAustraliaCameron DavisAustralia300

View full results for New South Wales Men's Amateur Championship

ABOUT THE New South Wales Men's Amateur

The NSW Medal is played over two courses. It is two rounds of 18-holes stroke play and then match play.

The field is evenly divided between the two venues for the first day’s play with players changing venues for their second round. The winner of the 76 holes stroke play section of the Championship is the winner of the NSW Medal.

The leading 32 players from the NSW Medal (who have nominated to play in the NSW Amateur) will be eligible to compete in the NSW Amateur Championship Match Play, with each match played over 18-holes other than the Final which is played over 36-holes. The match play is seeded with ties determined by lot.

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