FORMIDABLE: Grace Kim on her way to the final of the NSW amateur for women in Terrey Hills
Grace Kim has entered the Women's NSW Amateur Finals, while Lisa Edgar for Queensland is the first final she has been waiting for.
Kim had a fight with the Kiwi Vivian Lu all afternoon.
After he had the game seemingly early under control, Lu unlocked a series of four straight birds to go from three to one in the middle of the round.
It took all the courage of the Australian delegate to turn back control, which she did with an admitted birdie and a few clutches in the last nine hours. Kim sealed the deal with a victory on the 17th to win the match 2 & 1.
"So far I come, I'm pretty happy with myself", Kim said after the game.
Kim is looking to become the first NSW-golfer to win the title, because a 14-year-old Doey Choi had the upper hand in 2014. She is aware of the significance of the championship and will not do it lightly.
"It is a personal goal to win my home state amateur.
"I appreciate it, it's up there," she grinned.
Kim's opponent tomorrow, Queenslander Lisa Edgar, was thrilled to make the final after a tough fight with Korean Min A Yoon
"It does not really feel real yet, but I'm sure it will sink," she smiled.
Edgar was brought to the 18th this afternoon by the great hitter Yoon, eventually he won with two holes.
She is well aware of the immense reputation of her opponent in the final and will take the game one step at a time.
"I know she (KIm) is a great player.
"I have not played with her before, so I will have to see how it goes tomorrow.
"I'll just get it in the middle and hopefully make some putts," she smiled.
Brilliant Barbs up to and including the second final in six days
Winner: Nathan Barbieri is congratulated by Josh Whalen after an epic battle
Nathan Barbieri will make his second start in a big tournament final six days after qualifying for the final of the NSW Amateur on Terrey Hills Golf and the country club this afternoon.
And he did it the hard way.
After a seesaw fight with the Canadian Josh Whalen, where the lead changed several times, Barbieri seemed to be home when he nailed a 25-footed eagle that was put on the 16th to sneak forward
TREE: a big eagle nathan Nathan Barbieri for Josh Whalen
The 18th hole, however, was his archenemy for the second time today and after making a mess of his approach from the fairway, the best Barbs to rescue was a bogey for the Canadian two-piece par.
CLUTCH: Nathan Barbieri stares his shot down to the 19th
The 19th turned out to be much less controversial this time, and then after Whalen barely managed to keep his second shot from the water on the left, Barbieri quietly crossed a long iron to about 30 feet.
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A two-putt from Barbieri was all that was needed to claim the game and thus the place in the final.
"To be honest, I've played far too many holes today," Barbieri grinned, exhausted.
"I had pretty good both rounds, but I let it slip.
"Somehow I did the job again", said a very relieved Barbieri.
The Tyro of the Monash Country Club has played an incredible 15 rounds of golf over the past ten days, with four games going to extra holes to determine the result.
"It's a joke how tired I am," he grinned. "But I'm in a different final, so what does it matter?"
The NSW Amateur is a title that will be special for the 21-year-old if he wins. He is surrounded by his family, has a good friend in his bag as a caddy in Braith Anasta, and his NSW teammates are very supportive.
"Home events are always great.
"I am proud of how I have gone so far, and it would be great to get the W", he laughed.
In-Form Indian set to make his mark.
IF IT WORKS: Kartik Sharma visualizes another shot on the way to a final berth at the NSW Amateur.
Impressive Indian Kartik Sharma is quietly busy with his company at the NSW Amateur and tomorrow he will see if he can achieve the greatest victory in his young career.
The 18-year-old Indian national representative is in his first championship final and it is already the best execution of his career
"I thought I played pretty well, today," smiled Kartik. "The second half of the day only tried to stay mentally."
"I had a great time and I treated myself well."
Kartik expected it would be difficult just to go to the final and a challenge he was not afraid of.
"To be the best, you have to beat the best they say.
"Competition does not scare me.
So I'll be back tomorrow and just play my game. ", He laughed.
On the to-do list for the 36-holes final of tomorrow for Kartik, however, is to wash his shorts.
"The first thing I have to do tonight is to wash my shorts because I do not have any more," he laughs.
Oh Jed! What a drama
CRUEL: Jed Morgan has lost in sudden death after hitting his opponents ball.
The cruelest cruel battles were played to Jed Morgan this afternoon after the sympathetic Queenslander accidentally hit the ball of his opponent Nathan Barbieri at the 19th hole of their quarter-final battle at the NSW Amateur Championship.
In a sad end to what was an exciting match, after Barbieri missed a feasible five-footer on the 18th to win the game, the pair went to the 19th.
While nerves were reeling, both players pulled their tee-shots hard and walked into the trees. A search followed, and Morgan was soon able to identify the first ball that was found as his.
Almost three minutes later a second ball was found, identified as Barbieri & # 39; s.
Morgan, with very few options, chose to hit his ball back to the shipping lane, while Barbieri subsequently broke his approach much further
BLUE: referee Simon Kirlew delivers the verdict to Morgan and Barbieri on the 19th hole.
When Morgan came to his ball and looked closer, the sense of something got seriously wrong. Calling for an official official, thinking he might be back in the trees with a fine, Morgan was given the stunning blow – automatic hole loss and thus loss of the match.
"Partly it was devastating, but at the same time, actually," Morgan complained.
"I did not really know, I thought I might have to play again, but in matchplay that's how it goes.
PROBLEM: Looking at Morgan's ball at the 19th hole up close
"Barb and I are good friends, I do not take it too much, I'll take it," Morgan complained after the game.
Golf NSW board member and Golf Australia National referee Frank Gal said the rule was clear.
"Rule 6.3c (1) The penalty for playing a wrong ball is the general penalty – hole loss in game play in this case.If the player and the opponent play each other's ball while playing a hole, the first person gets a shot. makes on a wrong ball the general penalty – loss of hole. "
"In this case, they knew who had played the wrong ball first, so at that moment he lost the gap," Gal said.
Grace Marches to the semi-finals.
El TORO: Grace Kim and caddy Jordie Garner are ready for the semifinals of the afternoon
Grace marches on to the women's competition.
Grace Kim is approaching and dominated her match against her Queensland opponent, Sarah Lee.
Kim was in sublime touch and never really bothered with Lee, jumped to a big early lead and kissed the line with a 4 & 2 victory.
St Michael's Stephanie Kyriacou could not beat the first nine and retaliate three times against her opponent, Lisa Edgar. They fought back gamely and were bound by the 15th, but unfortunately her run ended when she lost the 18th to the brave Queenslander.
Min A Yoon, who led the women's percussion after day one, dominated Jessica Pickwick 5 & 3, and the English Cara Gainer had no answers for Vivian Lu who lost 4 & 2.
Men's field downsized to last four.
COOL CUSTOMER: the English Benjamin Jones held his guts to defeat #NSWAm Medalist Joey Savoie
Medalist Joey Savoie is bundled by Benjamin Jones in England and impressive Indian Kartik Sharma was too strong for Lucas Higgins of Murwillumbah in the morning action at the NSW Amateur.
Savoie seemed ready to continue to the semi-finals. A disastrous final hole, however, put an end to his chances. A wild tee shot on the 10th and then a few attempts to get clear, more or less the match handed over to the Englishman Jones.
Higgins had a fierce start against the Indian Sharma and got a lead of two points. A lost ball at eight was the beginning of the revival, and Higgins had no answers for him on the back nine, 3 & 1 drops.
The other representative of Canada, Josh Whalen, was far too strong for James Grierson, who had no answer to the consistency of his opponent.
PLAY ON WAY OF DAY TWO of the #NSWAm
The game started this morning under cloudy skies in Terrey Hills and Golf and Country Club.
NSW trio Nathan Barbieri, James Grierson and Lucas Higgins of Murwillumbah are on track in the men's competitions, while Grace Kim and Stephanie Kyriacou play in the women's games.
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