MELBOURNE, Australia (Jan. 10, 2013) -- Australia’s top amateur golfer Brady Watt takes a four shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship which is being played at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The 22 year old from Perth, who now has a world ranking of 16, extended his overnight break on the field with a 4-under round in today’s very favourable conditions. He’ll tee off in the morning with Victorian Geoff Drakeford and the leading international in this elite field of 54, Frenchman, Teremoana Beaucousin. The 18 year old also finished 4-under for the day.
Australia’s leading junior Viraat Badhwar, who is just 17, is six shots off the lead. Like many in this field, his best golf has come in the warmer conditions and with tomorrow’s temperature expected to climb into the high 30’s, he cannot be written off. Neither can the next group that includes Canadian Garrett Rank, Ewan Scott from Scotland, Englishman Garrick Porteous, and three Melbourne golfers Ryan Ruffels, Todd Sinnott and this tournament’s defending champion, Nathan Holman.
But there is one player already celebrating. Paul Little wouldn’t underestimate the advantage of local knowledge after his hole-in-one on the 161 metre par three 5th… Paul is the current club champion at Royal Melbourne!
Brady Watt would seem to have one arm already in the green jacket, but the talent in this high quality field of local and international amateurs could well turn tomorrow’s final round into a real shootout. Play starts at 8.30am and spectators can walk the fairways with one of the best fields of amateur golfers ever assembled in this country; among them, 14 year old Guan Tianlang from China who later this year becomes the youngest golfer to play in the US Masters.
As was the case for the first three rounds of this championship, there is NO admission to Royal Melbourne Golf Club tomorrow.