Two course records set on first day of Australia Master of the Amateurs
03 Jan 2023
by Jim Young of

see also: View results for Master of the Amateurs, Southern Golf Club, John Gough Rankings

John Gough
John Gough

It didn't take long for some of the best amateurs in the world to leave their mark on Southern Golf Club in Melbourne, which is hosting the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship for the first time.

England’s John Gough and Japan's Yuna Araki opened with rounds of 64 (-8) and 67 (-6) to set new men's and women's course records at Southern Golf Club and grab early leads at Australia's most prestigious amateur event.

Gough, who played collegiately at Charlotte, made four birdies in his last five holes to finish three shots clear of Japan’s Taichiro Ideriha, Australia’s Jeffrey Guan and Scotland’s Gregor Tait who are all tied on 5-under.

Four golfers, including American Nick Gabrelcik, are four back after carding rounds of 68 on Tuesday.

Gough, whose impressive resume includes wins at the Palmetto Amateur and English Amateur in 2021 and the Spanish International and Lytham Trophy last year, had nine birdies against just one bogey for his 8-under par round at the Southern Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the first time.

Defending champion Harrison Crowe is off the pace after carding a 2-under 70 in his opening round, as is two-time Northeast Amateur champion Dylan Menante.

Araki, who recently tied for third at the Women's Asia-Pacific Amateur held in November, birdied her last two holes for a round of 67 and a two-shot lead over countrywoman Mizuki Hashimoto and Caitlin Peirce of Australia.

The Australian Master of the Amateurs Championships is a 72-hole stroke championship with a cut after 54-holes.

Results: Master of the Amateurs
1EnglandJohn GoughEngland120064-74-67-68=273
2ScotlandGregor TaitScotland90067-71-68-71=277
3Chinese TaipeiChi-Chun ChenChinese Taipei70071-72-64-71=278
4FLNick GabrelcikTrinity, FL70068-74-67-72=281
T5IrelandRobert MoranIreland70071-69-72-70=282

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ABOUT THE Master of the Amateurs

The Master of the Amateurs, a 72-hole medal play Championship, 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.

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