It’s the battle of ‘the Doon,' David Versus Goliath
with golf clubs. A big guy in Moses versus a small
guy in Bautista, and on the line: the 2016 Golf
NSW Amateur Championship.
Austin Bautista is a fighter in every sense. Small,
determined, and not short on emotion, while Troy
Moses is a giant amongst his peers, tall, powerful,
yet quiet and measured.
Bautista got the most out of his game today with
a couple of impressive wins, dispensing with
Killara’s Dale Williamson 2 and 1 before taking on
the Korean Young-woong Kim with the most
impressive match play record in the tournament
thus far. He walked away with the semi final
against his Korean opponent 3 and 2.
“I played olid this afternoon. I made the shots
your supposed to make at the time and it worked
out really well.”
Despite his Korean opponent’s big 5 and 3 win in
the morning quarter final, Bautista was never
headed in the afternoon.
“I wanted to make birdies early on, get up and
stay up. It’s hard playing international players like
him. You’ve never met him, you’ve never heard of
him and you don’t know what their game is like.”
I didn’t want to go out there and hit the middle of
the green and make pars, I went full throttle
straight away,” says Bautista.
Troy Moses made the most of his morning in a
quality quarter-final battle against Jay Mackenzie
of Ballina before winning 2 and 1. His afternoon
Semi-final however was a classic battle all the
way against Queenslander Steven Cox, with the
big Bonnie Doon member taking the match on the
Cox looked like he had the match after a dramatic
chip in on the 17th hole, however a missed putt
for par on the last meant the match went into
extra holes, and Moses was too good, sealing the
win with a 1 metre par putt on the 19th hole.
“It was a little bit lucky, but you’ve got to take it
when you get the chance,” smiled Moses after the
“He made a good chip-in on 17 which hurt a little
bit but that’s golf. A par was good enough on 18
which it usually is because it’s a brutal hole,”
Both players are ready for the club rivalry and the
challenge of tomorrow’s championship final.
Despite being Major Pennant team mates, club
allegiance will be put to one side.
“Troy’s a team mate from Bonnie Doon and
there’s a lot of good players from there. It will
probably mean whoever wins this match will get
the No. 1 spot for the Major Pennant team as
well,” said Bautista.
“I’m pretty pumped for him ( Bautista) and the
club that we're both in the final together. But
tomorrow, no prisoners, no friends, let's have a
good time and see what happens. I cant wait,”
For Bautista, tomorrow will be his first
championship final. In Moses' case however, it will
be his fourth.
“I made the Semi-Final of the Aussie Amateur,
and I won the Federal Amateur, but this is my first
Final ever,” said Bautista.
“I’ve made the Final of the Victorian Amateur, the
South Australian Amateur and the NSW Amateur.
I was beaten by Ben Eccles at Royal Sydney in
2013,” said Moses. “Fourth time lucky this time I
The 2016 Golf NSW Amateur Championship Final
will begin at 7.30am on the Bungool Course at
Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.
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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