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Amateur Brett Coletta nearly rallies, finishes second at NSW Open
Brett Coletta <br>(Golf Australia Photo)
Brett Coletta
(Golf Australia Photo)
SYDNEY, Australia (November 13, 2016) -- With the winds gusting and a brush fire burning in the distance amateur Brett Coletta made a valiant effort on the final day of the New South Wales Open but ultimately finished three-strokes behind winner, professional Adam Blyth. The Australian had been biding to become the first amateur to win the Queensland Open and the NSW Open in the same year since Greg Norman accomplished the feat in 1983 and 1986.

Coletta fired his second consecutive 5-under 67 on the weekend at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course to post 20-under and tie for second with pro Jarryd Felton.

Starting the day seven off the lead Coletta birdied three of the first four holes to move to 18-under. At that moment Coletta must have thought another round like his opening 10-under 62 that left him leading the tournament after one day was possible.

However over the next five holes Coletta cooled with a stretch of pars and he turned in 3-under 33. On the backside Coletta birdied the 10th but any hope of a final nine charge was dashed with a 14th hole bogey. Coletta, who is one of eight amateurs playing in the Australian Open next week, was able to bounce back with a birdie on the ensuing hole before closing his week with a birdie.

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