New South Welshman Matt Stieger reached his first Srixon Australian Amateur final where he will face New Zealand’s Ben Campbell who made the final for the second consecutive year.
Campbell, who lost in the 2010 final to Western Australia’s Matt Jager, beat compatriot Ryan Fox after 21 holes in Tuesday afternoon’s semi final.
Stieger, who defeated Tim Hart (QLD) in the quarter final, endured a tough semi final match against Victorian Bryden Macpherson before turning the match by sinking a 75 foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to go 1up.
“I’m pumped and really looking forward to tomorrow – this is the biggest thing by far that I’ve played in” Stieger said.
Getting into the final marks an impressive run of form for Stieger which included winning the recent The Tote Tasmanian Open and being elevated to the National Squad.
“It was pretty much after the National Camp down in Melbourne that it flicked a fuse in my brain,” Stieger said.
“The camp woke me up and made me realise if you want to make it in this game, you’ve got turn things around and go out there and compete properly,” Stieger added.
Stieger will play Campbell over 36 holes on Wednesday.
Men’s FinalMatthew Stieger (NSW) v Ben Campbell (NZ)
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Srixon Australian Women’s Amateur Championship
WOMEN'S AMATEUR MATCH PLAY DRAW AND RESULTS
Western Australia’s Minjee Lee became one of the youngest players to make the Srixon Australian Amateur Championship final where she will face Tasmanian Ashlee Dewhurst.
Fourteen-year old Lee completed her advance to the finals with an outstanding 6&5 win over World Number 1 amateur Cecilia Cho at Victoria Golf Club.
Lee defeated Korean Su-Hyun Oh in the morning quarter finals before setting out on her toughest task to date against Cho in the afternoon.
“I had some nerves at the start and did struggle over the first few holes,” Lee said.
“But after that I got going, played pretty solid, made the pars I needed to and took the birdie opportunities.”
“I haven’t played Ashlee before in match play but we’ve played together in stroke play so I’m looking forward to it,” she added.
Dewhurst claimed the other major win of the day, defeating new Srixon Australian Women’s Stroke Play champion Lydia Ko in the morning quarter final 2&1.
The Tasmanian then defeated National Squad member Jessica Speechley 2&1 in the semi final to make her way into the final.
Lee will play Dewhurst over 36 holes on Wednesday.
Women’s FinalMinjee Lee (WA) v Ashlee Dewhurst (TAS)