MEDALIST: 2018 AV Jennings Open champion Jake McLeod and amateur medal, Blake Windred.
Blake Windred has a number of aunties that probably think golf is pretty simple. Their first acquaintance with the game came while watching him on the last day of the AVJennings NSW Open, a round where he saw the best score in the field, a 7-under 65.
Windred finished 15-under-line for the four rounds at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club, good for a share in third place and claimed a low amateur honor.
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He was also low-amateur at the Queensland Open last week and earned much of his last round glory for playing for family and friends, some who had no previous exposure to the game.
"I have a few aunts who came along and they have never seen golf, probably not even on TV," he said.
"They knew I was playing, but it was that bit, so I think they would have been quite happy with what they were seeing.
"It was a nice mood for me because I almost never can play for my family and that I had a lot of it here was fantastic.
"I think Dad should have sent a group text or something to get people here, because there were a few people I had not seen for ages."
Windred garnered an impressive nine birdies on the day, his only blemish a double bogey on the par-4 fourth.
Together with his fellow amateurs David Micheluzzi and the Japanese Ren Yonezawa he said he felt that the group could produce something special from the first hole.
"It's just such a comfortable group to play with two other amateurs and we started far from the start," he said.
"But I said to David on the first & # 39; Let's just go as low as we can. Let's try to shoot 10-under because it's possible and we'll have to do it if we want to make a chance." 39; "
The pep talk must have worked because Micheluzzi birdied each of the first three holes while Windred was 2-under for the same piece although both had their problems on the fourth.
Windred, however, recovered beautifully and after driving downhill, 3-under barely set foot on the way to the clubhouse, including making birdies on each of the last two holes.
"I could have hit the ball better to be honest, but I was just determined to play well," he said.
"Especially at the finish there, I really wanted to take only those last few birdies and although I did not feel well with my swing, I just made it for each other."
Windred is not yet in the field for next week's Australian Open in The Lakes, but said he was ready for qualifying tomorrow.
"It's a bit of a lottery with only 18 holes and completely different from what we've played in the past four days," he said.
"But my game has been pretty sharp in recent weeks so hopefully that will continue and I can survive.
"I did not play in The Lakes for a while, but I liked it when we were with the Australian Amateur a few years ago, so it would be great to make a start."
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