Amateur star Davis back in the winner’s circle
They were regarded as the whiz kids of Australian golf – ripping and tearing their way through the amateur ranks, winning everything they set their sights on.
Now 17-year-old hotshot Ryan Ruffels is cutting his teeth on the US Tour. And where was his “partner in crime” in so many of our amateur wins?
Cameron Davis (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Well 20-year-old Cameron Davis has been cooling his heels on the sidelines while recovering from a serious wrist injury which included surgery.
Davis bobbed up at his old home course at Roseville in Sydney’s north last Saturday for their monthly medal…at the same time as Ruffels was doing battle with Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and co. at Pebble Beach in the US.
And while Ruffels wowed the likes of Jason Day with his opening round of 67, no less impressive was Davis’ effort to win the Roseville monthly medal off his club handicap of plus 3.
Davis shot 59 off the stick to capture their monthly medal with a nett 62 on a course that was set up as tough as local super Mark O’Sullivan could make it.
Davis’ front nine was fairly pedestrian with three birdies and two bogeys.
But when he came to the longer and tougher back nine Davis ignited with four birdies and an eagle at the 18th to finish with a score of seven-under 59…and his umpteenth monthly medal.
“It feels great to be back,” said Davis. “I’ve been looking forward to a return for a while now.”
“I’ve had plenty of time to think about things and this was the perfect way to get back into it.”
Davis severely injured his wrist while playing the Mona Vale medal in October last year.
The injury meant he missed out on starts in the all of the big events of the Australian summer and destroyed any chance he had of defending his Australian Amateur crown.
Still the likeable young man has been hard at work getting his game back into shape after a five-month layoff.
His surgeon, Dr Greg Hoy gave him the go ahead to begin practicing over a month ago, confident that the operation was a success and he had recovered well.
“I spent a month just hitting six-irons at first,” said Davis.
“I hit my first driver about three weeks ago, and I’ve been practicing every day since.”
With his wrist mended, Davis is looking forward to a big 2016.
He plans to play more golf this year than ever. Next up is the prestigious Riversdale Cup followed by the Interstate Series. After that it’s likely he’ll head overseas.
So Ruffels and co had better watch their backs – Davis is back!