Australian Men's and Women's Amateur Finals Reach Midway Point
18 holes remain in both finals at the Australian Amateur <br>(Golf Australia Photo)
18 holes remain in both finals at the Australian Amateur
(Golf Australia Photo)

VICTORIA, Australia (January 22, 2017) -- Both finals of the Australian Amateur Championship, presented by Swinging Skirts, remain in the balance at their respective halfway points.

After a scintillating opening 18 hole battle with good mate Min Woo Lee, Victorian Matias Sanchez holds a 2 up lead in the men’s 36-hole finale.

World No. 4 Hye-jin Choi leads So-mi Lee 2 up in the all-Korean women’s final.

Sanchez opened in breathtaking style, with birdies on the first three holes to race to an early 3 up lead.

But his West Australian opponent wasn’t fazed and responded with his own birdie barrage at holes nine, 10, 12 and 15 to draw square.

Remarkably, demonstrating the quality of the match, both men were 4-under-par at that point.

But bogeys on the 16th and 18th by Lee enabled the dual Royal Melbourne club champion to sneak clear at the break.

Friends So-mi Lee and Choi were all but inseparable for most of their round, almost tagging each other around the course.

It wasn’t until midway through the back nine that the heavily favored Choi took the initiative when Lee made a couple of unforced errors.

After a bit of to and fro early, Choi took a 1 up lead on the 12th and doubled that on the 15th with a quality par on Yarra Yarra’s iconic par-3.

The second rounds of both 36-hole finals will be played this afternoon at Yarra Yarra.

Results For Australian Men's Amateur Championship
WinAustraliaMatias SanchezAustralia1200
Runner-upAustraliaMin Woo LeeAustralia900
SemifinalsAustraliaKevin YuanAustralia700
SemifinalsScotlandRobert MacIntyreScotland700
QuarterfinalsWalesEvan GriffithWales500

View full results for Australian Men's Amateur Championship

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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