#AusAm: guarding their territories

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Harry Bolton during round of 64 at Woodlands Golf Club



International raiders – and the territories of Australia – threw their muscles on day one of the men's championship of the Australian Amateur Championship.

After the loss of top seed and world No. 6 David Micheluzzi in the first match game, shockwaves were felt around Woodlands, bringing the smell of more quarrels into the air.

But unlike Queenslander Yuji Sekito who eliminated world No.34 Canadian Joey Savoie, most of the rest of the Round of 64 games went to or near a script.

It was encouraging to see two players from the ACT and another from the Northern Territory so prominent for the guest nation.

Alice Springs ace Jake Hughes took the Korean Jang Hyun Lee a few minutes before the Royal Canberra duo Jordan Ayre and Harry Bolton put their collective muscles in impressive victories.

Ayre picked up Finnish Ilari Saulo, a promising American collegiate player, 6 & 5, and then celebrated the victorious 4 & 2 victory of his clubmate Bolton on South Australian Jack Buchanan.

New South Wales enjoyed the best day of traditional powerhouse states with six players en route to the Tour of 32, including the conqueror of Micheluzzi, Harrison Crowe.

Blake Windred, the No.2 seed, recorded an all-Newcastle Friday clash with Corey Lamb, while the rising trio Nathan Barbieri, Jordie Garner and Justin Warren each faced an advanced style

Two former # AusAm winners, Keita Nakajima and Victorian Matias Sanchez, each developed the reigning Japanese champion with a series of six consecutive nine birdies to clear the local hope Lukas Michel 2 & 1 in a high-qualty clash

Nakajima will have two compatriots with him tomorrow, but also a lot of international support with four Englishman, three Germans, an Irishman, a Singaporean and three New Zealanders, including world No.19 Daniel Hillier, all claiming.

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