Aaron Wise grabs lead at Australian Master of the Amateurs
Aaron Wise
Aaron Wise

MELBOURNE, Australia (January 9, 2016) -- American golfer Aaron Wise (Lake Elsinore, Calif.) got off to a flying start in today’s round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne Club.

His reward is a one shot lead going into the final round of this prestigious championship, for which the winner is awarded a green jacket and exemptions into the Players Amateur and Porter Cup tournaments in the United States.

Wise started an amazing 6-under after his first 6 holes, spurred by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole.  The 6-under start helped the University of Oregon golfer claw back some of the ground lost in yesterday’s wind swept second round. Bogeys on the 9th and 10th and a double-bogey on the 16th stopped the round from being extra special. But it’s unlikely that Wise would have argued with 68 if given the opportunity to post it before teeing off.

68 was the same score carded today by Englishman Jonathan Thomson. He too struggled with the winds yesterday, but steadied today with 34 on the front nine and 34 on the back to be just one shot off the lead.

Local amateurs Thomas Power Horan and Andrew Schonewille are the only other players in the red. They are the leading Australians and are two shots off the lead, with a three shot break from the remainder of the field.

Results: Master of the Amateurs
1CAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA120067-77-68-71=283
2EnglandJonathan ThomsonEngland90069-76-68-72=285
3AustraliaCharlie DannAustralia70069-77-72-69=287
4AustraliaCameron JohnAustralia70074-74-69-71=288
5AustraliaThomas Power HoranAustralia70073-70-71-75=289

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ABOUT THE Master of the Amateurs

The Master of the Amateurs, a 72-hole medal play Championship played in Melbourne, Australia, has rapidly become one of the elite championships in amateur golf. Like The Masters, the champion receives a Green Jacket. Contestants participate in the first round of the championship with professional golfers in a unique Am-Pro Invitational.

The Master of the Amateurs winner gets an invitation to the Porter Cup in the U.S. Likewise the winners of those two tournaments receive invitations to the next Master of the Amateurs tournament.

A qualifying round (see tournament website for date and handicap requirement) allows three non-exempt players to earn invitations into the prestigious field.

A women's division featuring 21 elite female amateurs has been added starting with the 2018 tournament.

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