WINNERS: James Grierson and Josh Greer shake hands after the 2 & 1 victory of Grierson.
Tuesday's qualifying mark came as a relief for NSW State team captain James Grierson. Ironically, it was the first time in several attempts that he had made the match play rounds at the NSW Amateur.
"It was a long day but I'm happy, it's always nice to get rid of the first few matches.
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"This tournament was a monkey on my back, it's nice to take it out," Grierson beamed after sending the famous Western Australian, Josh Greer 2 & 1.
Earlier, Grierson had his & # 39; first & # 39; victory in the NSW-amateur against the rising Newcastle-junior Jacob Dundas 5 & 3. Greer, however, was a much harder opponent.
"Josh played well, he broke through a lot of putts and I had to make a lot of good photos." "I am happy to have won."
Grierson is pretty happy with his golf this week, what mental work and confidence in his long game starts to bear fruit.
"I have worked hard and it is nice to have confidence, the work that I have done mentally helps, so it feels good."
As for tomorrow. Grierson looks forward to going deeper in the knockout rounds.
"I love to play matches and I look forward to who I play afterwards," he added.
Barbieri, Grierson, Higgins flying the flag
WINNERS: Nathan Barbieri and Callan Barrow shake hands after Barbieri won on the 17th hole
Nathan Barbieri, the Australian Amateur runner-up, Lucas Higgins of Murwillumbah and James Grierson of Bonnie Doon are the only male NSW representatives remaining after the first day of the NSW Amateur competition rounds at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club.
Barbieri continued his recent star form, good for the English Matty Lamb in the morning session 1-up before claiming the scalp from another Englishman, Callan Barrow, 2 & 1 late in the afternoon.
With Fox TV personality and former NRL star Braith Anasta on his bag for the duration of the day, Barbieri played with a level of calm and looks ready to go a step better than last week.
Whose caddy ?: Nathan Barbieri and Braith Anasta walk the 11th hole
"A very long day, I did not want to play the full 18 this afternoon, but he pushed me there, so I'm glad I won.
"I'm so tired, but I have to go on, keep recovering, I'll stop the liquids."
Barbieri stated that the relationship with Anasta was forged by his father, Ernie, who worked with the former NRL star at Fox.
"Dad worked with him at Fox Sports.
"He's just a great guy, he helps me a lot, which is good.
"He can also hit a ball, he has some golf knowledge.
"We had a great conversation all day and we just had to turn it on when the photo was taken, and when it's not just about anything," Barbieri said.
Barbieri will fight in the semi-finals of King Queenslander Jed Morgan, a task that he knows will be difficult. He understands what he has to do and does not think that the game plan needs too many adjustments.
"Keep doing the same, play smart from the tee and give myself as many opportunities as I can," he laughs.
THUMBS UP: Stephanie Kyriacou was too strong for Carmen Lim from New Zealand
Emily Toy from England went brave to Queensland & Sarah Lee in the first round of the Women's NSW Amateur at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club.
Lee, 17, spoke through an interpreter and described her victory as a great result.
"I was mentally strong today and I played well", she smiles.
"Emily was good, it was a difficult game to win."
Lee is now confronted with the formidable Grace Kim, who made short work of the young kiwi Fiona Xu 6 & 4.
"It will be very heavy," laughed Lee.
In other results, the Australian Master of the Amateur Champion Stephanie Kyriacou made short work of Carmen Lim, winning 6 & 5, while the English Cara Gainer kept the English colors with a 4 & 3 victory over Doey Choi.
Kyriacou was happy with her victory.
"I get it really good, and I have a lot of birdie looks, I've already rolled a few in it and it got me off to a good start.
"I was four to four," Kyriacou said.
The quarter final action for ladies starts tomorrow at 7.40 am.
Upsets set the stage for action in the afternoon
SET: James Grierson is shooting a shot down to the tenth in his match against Newcastle & # 39; s Jacob Dundas
Local favorites Josh Armstrong and Jordie Garner are bundled from the 2019 Amateur after the closing of the morning game.
Armstrong was never in his party against Kartik Sharma from India, and went 4 & 3 behind in one of the more surprising results.
Garner, who would go a few steps better than last week's loss to his mate Blake Windred, had no answer for the Canadian Josh Whalen.
Thomas Heaton of Wollongong seemed to cause the biggest upset of the day, with a two-up lead over medal winner Joey Savoie after nine holes, but he could not keep the lead on his much more experienced opponent.
Other results gave James Conran a late backlash against Connor McKinney before they lost their last place, while the Jordan Ayre of Royal Canberra after 21 holes went down at the Emerald Ramadhanputra in Indonesia
Competitions continue this afternoon.
Early games throw a number of surprises
EARLY: Connor Mc Kinney is early in his match against James Conran
The game is resumed at the NSW Amateur after a lightning delay of one hour and with some games that produce surprising results. Connor McKinney has a three-hole lead on the orange product James Conran, while the Jordan Ayre in Canberra has one point ahead of the Indonesian Emarald Ramadhanputra.
The ladies' competitions start at 11.03 am.
#NSWAm Matchplay begins
The NSW Amateur Matchplay is under way in Terrey Hills
The NSW amateur has reached the competition rounds.
Unable to be separated after six holes last night, Thomas Heaton managed to overcome Tom Sloman after another three holes to grab the final spot in the men's field.
Stay informed for more throughout the day.