Federal Amateur Open
2016 Federal Amateur open
Austin Bautista from Sydney’s Bonnie Doon GC has won the Federal Amateur Open for the second consecutive year, the second time a player has won consecutive titles (Matt Jager – 2008-2009). While Bautista won with a convincing 9 shot victory in 2015, he didn’t have it so easy in the 2016 event. Leading the eventual second place getter Charlie Dann by 2 shots with 4 holes to play, Bautista’s wayward tee shot on the 15th eventually lead to a double bogey bringing the scores back to square.
It came down to the final hole with Bautista parring the difficult 18th while Dann went in for bogey, handing Bautista a 1 stroke victory over the 4 rounds. Bautista said it was the advice of his caddie, 2015 Federal Club Champion Harry Brazil on the 15th that saved what was a double bogey from being a whole lot more. Bautista said, ‘Harry’s advice calmed a tense moment and got me back in the space I needed to be’.
In the other first, 16 year old Amelia Garvey from New Zealand took out the inaugural Federal Women’s Amateur Championship. Garvey said, ‘my 1st and 2nd rounds were not as strong as I would have liked, but I was able to put together a good stretch of holes through round 3’. Garvey went into the final round with a 4 stroke lead which was enough for her to take the victory over Grace Kim from the Avondale GC in Sydney. Queanbeyan’s Chloe Thornton fell out of contention with a third round, 10 over 83. Garvey flies back to her home town of Canterbury on Monday and straight into end of year exams.
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Click here for Round 3 draw.
Click here for Round 4 draw.
Click here for the final leaderboard for the Federal Amateur Open.
Click here for the final leaderboard for the Federal Women’s Amateur.
Click here for the final leaderboard for the male junior competition.
Click here for the leaderboard for the female junior competition.
Federal Amateur Open – Honour Board
Except where indicated, all images thanks to Federal Member Tony Miller.