Travis Smyth during the round of 64 matches at Yarra Yarra
(Golf Australia Photo)
VICTORIA, Australia (January 19, 2017) -- Travis Smyth
is the first to admit he’s dodged a lot of bullets at this
week’s Australian Amateur Championship, presented by
And the likeable New South Welshman swerved out
of the way again today to take down highly rated New
Zealander Ryan Chisnall in a playoff to end an epic first-
round match play clash at Yarra Yarra.
Not so lucky was Queenslander Charlie Dann,
arguably the highest-profile casualty on a perfect day
for golf in the Round of 64.
Dann never really settled and was eventually
bundled out 3&2 by Japan’s Gaku Tsukamoto, the last
man into the match play from Wednesday night’s
Other key results include a clean sweep by the
visiting England Golf squad with Jack Singh Brar, Alfie
Plant and world No. 6 Scott Gregory each advancing to
Friday's Round of 32.
Scotland’s Robert McIntyre was impressive in
taking down Canberra’s Jordan Ayre, while Italian Luca
Cianchetti reinforced the European claims with an
impressive 2 up win over a gallant Jeremy Fuchs.
And after Evan Griffiths was conceded his match
with a huge lead (6 up through 11), he was later joined
by compatriot David Boote, who won a thriller over
another Welshman Owen Edwards on the 19th hole.
Australia’s World No. 20 Harrison Endycott never
until the final hole, but timed his run perfectly to beat
Queenslander Peter Lyon who took bogey up the last.
But it was his good mate and fellow Sydneysider
Smyth who was the big winner.
Last year’s beaten finalist, who thought his goose
was cooked after each of his stroke rounds of 77 and 72
left him at 7-over, was overjoyed when his stroke-play
total even gave him a chance to reach the match
play phase on Wednesday night.
And when he scrambled a par from the wilds during
the playoff to advance, he jogged like a rat with a gold
tooth to the first tee this morning against the No. 3
Chisnall and looked headed for victory when he went 3
up through 11 in a match befitting a final.
But the World No. 81 hit back hard and looked an
unlikely winner when Smyth found trouble off the 18th
tee and was forced to bunt back into play with the
But from the right side with the pin tucked right,
Smyth hit a neat approach and calmly rolled in a 4m par
putt to force the match into overtime.
From there, Smyth knocked his approach on the
19th hole (the first at Yarra Yarra) to within 3m and
stroked in his birdie to keep his unlikely dream alive.
“I had to make up and down from the short side on
the 18th … but somehow it felt like it was meant to be,”
the world No. 50 said with trademark grin afterwards.
“It was a rollercoaster ride. Both of us played pretty
solid and were holing everything, so I’m stoked to win
up the 19th.
“I didn’t think I was going to be here at all, so to
play the way I did today … top 32 here I am.”
Another Australian representative to survive a scare
was Perth’s Min Woo Lee, who made a remarkable up
and down on the 18th from 160m to edge Victorian
Aiden Didone 1 up.
“That was tough. I had to win three of the last four
holes to beat him … I’m just relieved because he played
really well,” Lee said graciously.
Medallist Kevin Yuan did what he had to in a 3&1
win over fellow New South Welshman Andrew Richards,
while Canberra’s Josh Armstrong performed a minor
miracle in downing Sydney’s Josh Clarke 1 up with an
up and down from the rough on the 18th when he
looked in deep strife.
The Round of 32 begins Friday morning
and will be followed by the Round of 16 in the
ABOUT THE Australian Men's Amateur
The Australian Men's and Women's
Championships are Australia's oldest
Golf Championships, with both having
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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