Anthony Quayle making his mark on the world stage
Since arriving in the US, Queensland amateur Anthony Quayle has racked up a number of impressive finishes in several top amateur events.
His efforts in just the past few weeks include a runner-up finish at the prestigious Dogwood Invitational, a 4th place at the Players Amateur, followed up with a 5th place result at the Southern Amateur.
Anthony Quayle (Credit: Anthony Powter)
While Quayle has leapt up the world rankings to sit in 56th place he narrowly missed the all-important top-50 a few weeks back which would have earned him a spot at the US Amateur in Detroit next month.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a mining town in Gove in the top-end of the Northern Territory, Quayle, 21, and a +5 marker whose parents Ben and Margaret had to work multiple jobs just to send their son to Brisbane’s Hills College when he was 15, is right at home in the US.
“I’m more of a polished player than when I first came here last year,” says Quayle the 2015 Keperra Bowl, Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur and Tasmanian Open champion.
“I still have some improvement, but I feel I approach the game now more professionally and feel comfortable about being competitive in the US.”
Certainly Quayle’s self belief as a player has grown in leaps and bounds since moving to a selective and experienced team of service providers twelve months ago.
“I’ve worked hard with my coach Ken Burn, Noel Blundell and Sean Horan over the last year,” says Quayle.
“This off course preparation has given me the belief that I do belong out there and that I can win tournaments. Before, I was lacking such self belief, but after I made the move I’ve learned to deal with being on top of the leaderboard and being in contention on the final day.”
This week Quayle is currently competing in Seattle along with a number of other Aussies at the Pacific Coast Amateur at Seattle Golf Club. Following that he’ll tee up at the Western Amateur and is considering playing the Canadian Amateur which will round out his northern hemisphere tour for this season.
“I’m trying to get my WRGR as low as I can before heading back to Australia,” says Quayle.
Like many Australian players forging their place on the main international amateur circuit, Quayle has experienced the difficulties associated with logistics and not being able to play in the higher ranked events earlier in the season to get a better chance of breaking into the world’s top-50 before the cut-off period for automatic qualification to the US Amateur.
“It was disappointing to just miss getting inside the top-50,” says Quayle.
“My game is where I want it to be I just need to get my ranking higher. I’m hitting a lot of wedges and short irons close and converting for birdies.”
“The last three tournaments I’ve scored 20-plus birdies in each tournament. I’m now focusing on reducing my bogey percentage in each tournament. That’s the aim.”