CHAMPIONS: 2019 NSW Amateur champions Kartik Sharma and Lisa Edgar
Queenslander Lisa Edgar and Kartik Sharma from India have claimed the NSW Amateur Championship ladies and gentlemen in a beautiful golf afternoon at the Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club.
Both players entered 18 holes in the afternoon with comfortable leads. However, their opponents, Grace Kim and Nathan Barbieri were ready to strike.
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It did not go all the way to the script.
Barbieri, who wanted to take advantage of his height at the first hole, past the green, then took a few strokes to find the pit surface. At five o'clock he suddenly had a lot more to do.
Kartik maintained the pace, and a hole was exchanged back and forth until Barbieri took his chance on the seventh. A feasible bird attempt passed by, but the intention was clear.
Kartik Sharma and Nathan Barbieri shake hands after the match
When Kartik made a mess of the eighth and when Barbieri in the ninth inning could beat with another victory, the game had some life in it.
Barbieri kept the pressure and took a few more holes at 14 and 15 to get him back. Both had malleable birdie putts on the 16th which slipped past, before the drama of the 17th unfolded.
After Kartik had played a solid five iron second shot to the center of the green shot of 30 feet, Barbieri launched a rocket from the right rough. Unfortunately, it almost flew the green away from the 18th tee.
Just coming in, Barb saw what looked like a miracle peak, only to control the fall and to leave himself 9 feet short.
NEAR MISS: Barbieri can not believe that his pawn did not fall on the 17th
Kartik picked up a few feet and then, in the cruellest turn, Barbieri's putt, who looked at all the money, turned a 180-degree turn on the lip to stay out. With the game effectively over, Kartik rolled into his putt for victory and his very first international title.
The Indian was a relieved man after the game.
"It's funny, it's what I thought on the 17th, that you should have it here," he said, pointing at his chest. "I have dedicated to what I was doing.
"From the beginning of the year I had it as one of my goals to win an international event.
"People asked me if it was feasible and I knew it was because I know what I can do.
"I thought I could win and it feels great to have won this game", he laughs.
The victory, the biggest of his career, also comes with a start in the NSW Open of 2019, which Sharma was pleasantly surprised to hear
"Oh nice," he smiled.
EMBRACE: Edgar and Kim embrace after the game
Burleigh Heads teen Lisa Edgar shook after her victory, by far the greatest of her young career.
"Yes, that feels pretty good," she laughed.
It was a completely unexpected performance for the nineteen-year-old, who said that if she had missed the cut this week, she was a little bit away from the game home.
"I played very well this morning.
"All the credit to Grace she fought back this afternoon, we really had a good match."
"I did not expect it at all.
"I do not know what to say or how to respond, it's a new experience for me," she laughs.
Edgar was in control all day long, while at one point she came to a six-hole lead on the first nine, but Kim, the competitor that she is, came back hard.
Momentum waved the back nine, and the experienced NSW State team representative clawed it back to two.
The 17th, however, was as far as it would go, and when Kim pretended to be par, Edgar only had to roll in her putt and the title was hers.
Edgar expects many congratulations when she opens her phone after the victory.
& # 39; My father and mum informed me about a minute in advance. I expect that there will be a lot more now, "she smiled.