Jang Bags Medalist Honors at NSW Am
Seung Bo Jang (courtesy NSW)
Korean Seung Bo Jang has emerged as the Medalist at the NSW Amateur Championship after the event was shortened to 54 holes as severe thunderstorms hit the Riverside Oaks Golf Resort today.
Golf NSW officials were faced with little option to discard play in the final round as the first of several predicted thunderstorms struck the Gangurru course just after lunch. A delay of almost two hours meant that the final round in the afternoon was highly unlikely to be completed.
About 12 groups were left to complete their third round after the lunchtime delay, with the leading group of Blake Windred, Austin Bautista and eventual winner Seung-Bo Jang still on the 12th hole.
The race for the medal was turned on its head with the discard of the final round, and it was the Korean Jang, who grabbed the medal with a birdie putt on the last hole.
Speaking through an interpreter, Jang was very happy with his win.
“I hit the ball very well today. My putting wasn’t exactly on, but it was good enough.”
“I tried to focus a little bit more when it rained. I just thought about keeping the ball in play,” Jang said.
Jang was particularly happy with his final hole birdie to seal the title.
“I felt good over the putt, I felt I was going to make it – when it did drop, I was kind of shocked. I didn’t know I had won the medal then at all.”
Jang is looking forward to going to the match play rounds .
“I’m going to be a little more aggressive when I play the match play. I love match play.”
“I’m very proud to have won the medal. I know some famous golfers have won it before me,” he smiled.
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
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
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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