Australian Master of the Amateurs: Gough and Araki take leads into final round
05 Jan 2023
by Jim Young of

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

Englishman John Gough returned to the top of the leaderboard at the Australian Master of the Amateurs while Yuna Araki of Japan maintained her stronghold on first place on the women's side after Thursday's third round at Southern Golf Club in Melbourne.

Gough, who opened the tournament with a course-record 64, bounced back nicely from yesterday's 74 by carding a third-round 67 (-5). At 11-under 211, Gough enjoys a one-stroke lead over Gregor Tait of Scotland, who fashioned a 4-under 68 on Thursday.

Two Chinese golfers made huge moves up the leaderboard after both matched Gough's course record with rounds of 64 on Thursday.

Chi Chun Chen's 64 rocketed him into solo third at 9-under 207 while his countryman, Stanley Lin, also shot a 64 to move into a tie for 19th at 2-under 219.

Second-round leader Taichiro Ideriha is three back after an even par round of 72 left him at 8-under 208 and tied for fourth with Australian Tyler Duncan.

On the women's side, Yuna Araki is one step closer to running the table at Southern Golf Club.

Araki, who came to Melbourne in good form after tying for third at the Asia-Pacific Amateur, shot a third-round 68 (-5) to move to 10-under 209, widening her lead to five shots over Hsin Chun Liao of Chinese Taipei.

Mamika Shinchi of Japan and reigning Australian Women's Amateur champion Fiona Xu of New Zealand are the only other two golfers in red numbers at 4-under 215.

The men's cut came at 3-over while the women's dividing line was 9-over.

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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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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