Giant-killer Blake Collyer storms into last 32 at Australian Amateur
14 Jan 2016
by Golf Australia

see also: Yarra Yarra Golf Club, Blake Collyer Rankings

Blake Collyer lives up to his rep as a giant slayer<br><i>Golf Australia/Facebook photo</i>
Blake Collyer lives up to his rep as a giant slayer
Golf Australia/Facebook photo
Victorian Blake Collyer further enhanced his reputation for cutting down higher-ranked opponents to advance to the Australian amateur championships second round.

Collyer utilised local knowledge to beat second seed Anthony Quayle two-up in a high-class first round duel that continued right to Metropolitan's 18th green.

"It was a really good match, we both played really well. I guess, I sank some putts when I needed to,'' the victor said.

It's a repeat scenario for Collyer after he saved par from a greenside bunker at the 10th hole in the morning to survive a play-off just to make the 64-man matchplay field.

A member of Metropolitan's pennant team, he cut it fine in a similar qualifying rounds play-off in last year's national championships at The Australian before knocking out a high seed in the first round on his way to the last 16.

"I guess knowing the course really helped me. It gave me some confidence and I felt good out there,'' he said.

On his chances of advancing further this time, Collyer said: "That's the plan. I feel I've got the game to."

Collyer's sub-par upset performance was the local standout on a fine day for the NSW men with Dylan Perry ousting recently crowned Victorian amateur champ Cameron John one-up.

Harrison Endycott won 1-up against Japan's Takumi Kanaya, Corey Jones beat England's Bradley Moore 2 & 1 and Austin Bautista thrashed Welshman Jack Davidson 5 & 4.

Medallist and top seed Charles Pilon continued his good form with a 3 & 2 victory over fellow Australian Haydn Barron.

Golf Australian national squad member Brett Coletta had to work hard to shake off gallant 14- year-old fellow Victorian Karl Vilips 2 & 1.

Curtis Luck, Australia's highest ranked amateur, is out, beaten 2-up by South Korea's Je-chang Ryu. Scot Grant Forrest, runner-up in the 2015 British amateur, led the overseas challenge with a 3 &2 win against Australian Kevin Yuan.

William Heffernan is through the next round after a 3 &2 win agains Fred Lee, while fellow Victorian DJ Loypur was even more impressive with his 6 & 5 triumph against Anthony Marchesani.
ABOUT THE Australian Men's Amateur

The Australian Men's and Women's Amateur Championships are Australia's oldest Amateur Golf Championships, with both having been played since 1894.

Players contest 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 64 men qualifying for elimination match play. The initial field size is 216 men.

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Results For Australian Men's Amateur Championship
Place  Pts
WinScotlandConnor SymeScotland1000
Runner-upAustraliaTravis SmythAustralia600
SemifinalsWalesEvan GriffithWales400
SemifinalsAustraliaAustin BautistaAustralia400
MedalistAustraliaCharles PilonAustralia250

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