Giant-killer Blake Collyer storms into last 32 at Australian Amateur
Victorian Blake Collyer further enhanced his
reputation for cutting down higher-ranked
opponents to advance to the Australian amateur
championships second round.
Blake Collyer lives up to his rep as a giant slayer
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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
"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
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.