Australian Amateur: Corey Conners topples defending champion in third round
Corey Conners
Corey Conners

ROSEBURY, Australia — Defending is difficult, regardless of the size and scale of the event. But when Tae Koh of New Zealand stumbled upon No. 1 ranked amateur in the world Corey Conners in Friday's round-of-16 matchup at the Australian Men's Amateur, his task became that much more challenging.

Koh, the 2014 champion, ran into a buzz saw in Conners at The Australian Golf Club. The Ontario, Canada native won last week's Lake Macquarie Amateur to add to his already impressive resume over the last year. In 2014, Conners won the Jones Cup, was medalist at the Argentine Amateur, and was runner-up twice (U.S. Amateur and North & South Amateur).

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Koh gave him a battle, however, taking the match to the 18th hole before losing 2-up. He had a close match in Friday morning's round, as well, defeating England's Paul Howard 1-up.

Conners will draw Australian Kevin Yuan in the quarterfinals, which will begin Saturday morning just after 7:00am. Yuan was part of the most lopsided match of the third round, in which he handed Blake Collyer a 7-and-6 defeat.

Lucas Herbert, who knocked off medalist and No. 1 seed Nick Marsh of England in the opening round, lost his second round matchup to Naoyuki Kataoka of Japan, 2-and-1. Herbert needed a playoff to even secure the 64th seed in match play before coming back from 3-down to upset Marsh.

The remaining six players to advance to Saturday's quarterfinal matches are Jason Gulasekharam of New Zealand who will face fellow countryman Tyler Hodge, Cameron Davis of New South Wales and his fourth-round parter Jack Sullivan of Queensland, and New South Wales natives Justin Warren and Brayden Petersen.

For the current match play bracket and Saturday's draw, please follow the link below.

Results: Australian Men's Amateur
WinAustraliaCameron DavisAustralia1200
Runner-upNew ZealandTyler HodgeNew Zealand900
SemifinalsAustraliaKevin YuanAustralia700
SemifinalsAustraliaJustin WarrenAustralia700
QuarterfinalsAustraliaJake SullivanAustralia500

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The Australian Men's and Women's Amateur Championships are Australia's oldest Amateur Golf Championships, with both having been played since 1894. Long held as a match play event, in 2021 the format changed to 72 holes of stroke play.

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