The Avondale Amateur

2020 Avondale Amateur

Tournament Date: Tuesday 28th-31st January 2020
Entry Information: TBA

 

2019 Avondale Amateur

Blake Windred from The Australian Golf Club has defended his Avondale Medal title by 1 stroke, coming from 3 strokes behind heading into the final round. Windred’s closing 3 under par 68 edged fellow NSW State Team Member Jordan Garner (Castle Hill) for the title, following 2 dropped shots from Garner at the death.

(L-R) Avondale Bowl Champion KK Park, The Hon. John Howard and Avondale Medal Champion, Blake Windred. (Credit Golf NSW)

Following numerous lead changes throughout the day, it was Windred who held his nerve on the best on the back nine. Overnight leader Lewis Hoath (T14), as well as local favourite Jye Pickin (T6) and fast finishing Jediah Morgan (2nd) (Royal Queensland) all held the lead at various points in the final round.

Windred, in the next to last group, was able to post -9 in the Clubhouse and it was good enough for victory. “Last year I hit it awful and scrapped it around to get the win, but this year, it was better.” “I could’ve holed more putts this week, which is usually my strength, but I’m so happy with the way I hung in there.” “I’m pretty speechless at the moment, really,” Windred said after the round.

Lukas Michel from Metropolitan came home strong with a bogey free 67 to finish in a tie for 4th, alongside Jack Thompson (The Grange) after a 68, finishing 3 shots back on -6. Jye Pickin who held the lead after 18 and 36 holes, finished with 3 disappointing bogeys for a 74 after turning in 35.

Rounding out the Avondale Members, there were credible finishes from Chris Fan (T30), Bryce Pickin (T38) and Will Bayliss (T44) who had the low round of the week (65) on Wednesday.

Windred and Fan move onto the Victorian Open at Thirteenth Beach next week, a co-sanctioned European Tour event.

Blake Windred drives off the 7th during the final round

In the Women’s Avondale Bowl, 16 year old Korean Kumkang Park, known as “KK”, dominated the field with a commanding 8 shot victory. The overnight leader was never headed after holing out for Eagle on the 1st hole and finished with a 2 under par 70, the low round of the day on a long and sodden Avondale course.

“I am so happy because it is my first win in a major tournament,” said KK.

Victorian Amateur Champion, Korean Min A Yoon finished second (72) and edged New Zealander Carmen Lim and Hye Park (Royal Pines – T3).

The Avondale Course provided a stern challenge for all with only 2 sub 70 rounds posted for the tournament. The Avondale contingent comprised Members Grace Kim (11th), June Song (T14th) and Club Champion Kara Williams (T21).

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KK Park plays her approach to the 17th during the final round. (Credit Eric Partell)

Round 3 Wrap

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Queenslander Lewis Hoath leads the Men’s field following 3 rounds of the 2019 Avondale Amateur. A 67 from the Emerald Lakes Member in sweltering conditions tied the low round of the day, and was good enough for a 2 shot lead at 10 under par despite a late slip. Heading the chasing pack are Sydneysiders Jordan Garner (Castle Hill) following a 69 and overnight leader Jye Pickin, who struggled on the front nine but held it together well to post 74.

Nineteen year old Hoath, flew out of the blocks with an opening birdie, followed by an eagle on the monstrous 572m Par 5 third after a lengthy putt dropped. Playing in the group in front of overnight leader Pickin, Hoath reeled in the lead and never let up until the death. He held a commanding 4 shot lead with two holes to play, however two late bogeys tightened up the leader board heading into the final round.

“Just take it one shot at a time really, that’s all I tried to do, and it seemed to work out pretty good.” said Hoarth.

Defending Champion Blake Windred remains well in the hunt, 3 back after a 70, together with NSWGC Member Zinyo Garcia after his third consecutive 69. Blake Collyer rounds out the second to last three ball on -5, just 4 strokes back.

Lewis Hoath watches his tee shot on the 8th during round 3 of the Avondale Medal

Kumkang Park plays her 4th shot to the 18th during the 3rd round of the Avondale Bowl.

In the Women’s field, a seesawing battle between 16 year old South Korean Kumkang Park, known as “KK” and Royal Pines’ Hye Park left the former with a one stroke advantage on -2 through 54 holes. Despite a closing double bogey, KK managed the heat well to finish with 72 and will again go head to head with Hye Park in the final round, after the NSW Junior Champion finished with a 74.

With only 2 sub 70 rounds thus far, the 5861m Ladies course layout is proving very challenging. “Just play smart, you have to play smart golf here,” remarked KK.

Another Korean, Min A Yoon rounds out the top 3 after a solid 71, whilst the NSW Amateur Champion from last week, Lisa Edgar, tied the low round of the day with a 70 to sit just 5 behind.

Avondale favourite Grace Kim struggled to a 75 and sits in a tie for 7th.

Some welcome respite from the heat IS forecasted for the last round. Friday’s last pairing commences at 11.48am with presentations expected before 5pm.

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Round 2 Wrap

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Avondale’s Jye Pickin leads the Men’s field for the second straight day in the Avondale Amateur following two rounds of 5 under par 66. He leads Andrea Lautee (Kingston Heath) by 3 shots after a consistent round of 69 from the Victorian in good scoring conditions,

Recently crowned the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation’s Male Golfer of the year, Pickin (below, right) was again able to put his home course knowledge to great effect with 7 birdies alongside 2 dropped shots. A birdie-birdie start on 10 and 11 was bookended with two closing birdies on 8 and 9. A 10 foot par putt on the short par 5 7th was the key to his round, maintaining his momentum towards the Clubhouse.

“There’s a certain expectation on your shoulders to play well” said Pickin, in reference to the experience of playing a major event on one’s home course. “It’s sort of a weird feeling to see all of these guys I’ve been playing with over the past month at your Home Club”, said Pickin before declaring “there’s a little bit of advantage”.

Defending Champion Blake Windred is lurking 5 strokes back (67), alongside fellow NSW State Team Member Jordan Garner (66) and Emerald Lakes’ Lewis Hoath (66). The round of the day belonged to Avondale Member William Bayliss, who almost aced the 2nd hole on his way to a 65.

In the Women’s field, overnight co-leader Hye Park (Royal Pines) continues to impress after a  2 under par 70 which featured an Eagle on the Par 5 14th. The South Korean born Park leads by 1 over 16 year old South Korean Kumkang Park who shot 69.

New Zealander Caryn Khoo is 2 shots further back, after the low round of the day with a 68. Local hope Grace Kim is joined by 4 others in the chasing pack, 5 behind Park at +2.

The field was cut at +5 for the Men and +9 for the Women’s field, with the gnarly rough around the bushland course proving troublesome at times.

The field will commence the third round at 7.00am Thursday, with the final group beginning at 11.48am. Spectators are of course most welcome.

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Round 1 Wrap

Avondale Member Jye Pickin leads the Men’s Field in the Avondale Amateur after Tuesday’s first round.

Pickin was out first group, and took advantage of perfect scoring conditions to post a 5 under par round of 66. The reigning NSW Junior Champion and Avondale Club Champion used his local knowledge to reel off 7 birdies, with his only bogeys coming at the long 3rd and tough 458m Par 4 16th.

In a three way tie 1 stroke off the pace are two Melbournians who were also out early, Andre Lautee from Kingston Heath and Aiden Didone from Metropolitan. Thomas Heaton from The Australian matched them with 67 in the more difficult afternoon conditions, with gusty winds prevailing over the Northern Sydney layout.

Jye Pickin (right) with caddie Todd Mildren

In the Women’s event, scoring was more difficult with three players carding a 1 under par 71. Sixteen year old prodigy Hye Park from Royal Pines leads the way alongside South Korean Seunghui Bong. Emily Toy from England rounds out the trio on one under par, with her round featuring 6 birdies amid a smattering of dropped shots.

The Australian charge is lead by local Grace Kim, who followed her recent runner-up finish in the NSW Amateur with an opening 73. Kim sits alongside Australian Master of the Amateurs Stephanie Kyriacou from St Michael’s. Eighteen year old South Korean Kumkang Park rounds out the top 6 also on 71.

Those who played in the Thursday afternoon breeze will be looking to take advantage of benign conditions early Friday.

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2018 Final round wrap

Blake Windred from The Australian Golf Club has outlasted the field on Australia Day to claim the 2018 Avondale Amateur. With seven players holding at least a share of the lead over the course of the back nine, it was anyone’s tournament for most of the afternoon.

In the end it was Windred who navigated some treacherous pin placements and the pressure of the back nine, shooting a final round of 70 which included 6 birdies for a one shot victory (-6) over a fast finishing David Hague. The Englishman and 74th ranked Amateur in the world, caught fire on the back nine with 4 consecutive birdies from 12-15, and posted the clubhouse lead after a brilliant birdie at the last hole. He was denied by Windred following his classy up and down from the back bunker on 18 sealing his 1 stroke victory.

Jack Thompson from The Grange shared fourth with Indonesian Naraajie Ramadhanputra on -4, with overnight leader Grant Booth a further stroke back on -3.

In the Ladies event, Japan’s Suzuka Yamaguchi won the Avondale Amateur by a commanding 6 strokes after a solid closing round of even par 72. Yamaguchi fought off an early stumble and challenges from Avondale’s Grace Kim and Doey Choi from Concord Golf Club. Yamaguchi and Kim were tied for the lead after a 2 shot swing on the first hole, however after bogeys to Kim on the 3rd and 6th holes Yamaguchi was never headed. Kim finished with a 76 and outright second place, with Choi matching Yamaguchi’s 72 finishing third.

Yamaguchi, fresh off her stunning victory in The Australian Amateur Championship found the Avondale Greens “incredibly difficult to read” however summed it up perfectly in the presentation – “I love Avondale”.

Golf NSW Coverage http://www.golfnsw.org/newsdisplay/windred-wins-one-for-the-ages/99472

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Final Scores: 
Men: https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/#/competition/1264179/leaderboard/1360742
Women: https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/#/competition/1264179/leaderboard/1360743

Round 3 Wrap

Grant Booth from The Australian Golf Club leads the Avondale Amateur after 54 holes, finishing on 7 under par following a third round of even par 71. It was an up and down round for the University of Nevada star, offsetting 5 birdies with 5 dropped shots.Two late birdies, including one on the brutal Par 4 16th enabled Booth to keep his overnight lead as playing partner Indonesian Naraajie Ramadhanputra stumbled on the 18th with a triple-bogey 7. Ramadhanputra held the lead standing on the 18th tee, but now sits tied 2nd on -5 with Blake Windred (The Australian, 68). One shot further back is Jediah Morgan from Royal Queensland following a 68. The round’s early pace was set by Jack McLeod from Bonnie Doon, with a sizzling bogey free 7 under 64 vaulted him into contention just 4 strokes back. 

In the Ladies field, Japan’s Suzuka Yamaguchi clings to a 2 shot lead after a seesawing battle with local favorite Grace Kim. Both players found the going tough with some tricky pin placements early on the back side, but came home strong sinking birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. Yamaguchi, fresh off her stunning victory in The Australian Amateur Championship would love to add another title to her resume before flying back to Japan, but will need to overcome Kim and another local Amy Chu from The Australian in the last round.

Round 4 promises to be hotly contested, with the quickening Avondale greens providing a real challenge for some of the World’s best Amateur golfers.The final groups commence their rounds from 10.45am tomorrow, and are expected to finish at around 4.15pm with the Presentation to commence shortly thereafter.

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Golf NSW Article http://www.golfnsw.org/newsdisplay/boothyamaguchi-in-the-box-seat-at-avondale/99466

Leaderboard & Live Scoring: https://www.golfbox.dk/livescoring/tour/…

 

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2017 Avondale Amateur Wrap

Congratulations to our champions! Josh Armstrong won the Avondale Medal by 1 shot from Jack Singh Brar and Ga Young Lee won the Avondale Bowl by 13 shots from Somi Lee with a record 28 under par including a course record 61 (-11).

Thanks to all the members who volunteered and a special thank you to all the players who came and made it such a great event!

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Since 1961 we have staged our Avondale Medal and over this time, thanks largely to the enthusiastic support and hard work of many members, our event has been regarded as one of the finer events in Sydney. Throughout this time we have also attracted many leading amateurs from both here and from overseas. However, due to the timing and ranking of our event we sometimes struggled to attract the best available amateur talent.

I’m very pleased to announce that we have been invited by Golf NSW to run a Nominated National Ranking Event, The Avondale Amateur from 23 to 27 January, commencing in 2017. Our event will run immediately following the Australian Amateur and immediately prior to the NSW Amateur, guaranteeing that we will attract the  best available amateur golfers from Australia and overseas.

Further, The Avondale Amateur will feature both men and women. The Avondale Medal, for men played over 72 holes of stroke play and The Avondale Bowl for women. The Avondale Bowl was established in 1951 with the aim of attracting low markers to play the course and enable spectators to watch them.

Next year being the 65th Anniversary of the Avondale Bowl, the Avondale Amateur not only provides us the opportunity to revisit the original plan for the tournament – attracting outside talent – it gives spectators the opportunity to see elite players competing on our course in top class event conditions. This event will also be played over 72 holes stroke, in conjunction with the men’s event.

Being given this opportunity by Golf NSW is testimony to the quality of both our golf course layout and it’s continually improved condition, a fact that many members also comment on. This opportunity will also reinforce our reputation as “The North Shores Finest Golf Club” and enhance our standing in the increasingly competitive golf market.

There is now much to do to ensure we deliver a first class event and we have already formed a Championship Committee, Chaired by Ian Skinner, with the support of Golf Operations Manager Tegan Purcell and the Match Committee. It is our intention to communicate regularly with members as details become known and request support/advice from our broader member community as required. 

I hope you will join with me in embracing this exciting opportunity to elevate Avondale’s standing in the Australian golfing community.

For your interest please click here to read the Joint Press Release just launched by Golf NSW announcing our event.

Stephen Cameron
President

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2016 Avondale Medal Champion: Harrison Endycott (Avondale) – photo below

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Please click here for the 2016 Avondale Medal Full Results.

2016 Avondale Bowl Champion: Celina Yuan (The Australian) –  photo below

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Please click here for the 2016 Avondale Bowl Full Results

Avondale Golf Course

Trees and surrounding bushland play a big part here and accuracy is essential. The layout starts innocently enough but gradually builds up into a toughness that makes even the finest golfer think clearly and positively. Play anywhere close to your handicap at this beautiful course and you’ll drive away from the clubhouse a very happy player. TP

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