City of Sydney Amateur attracting top field
Organisers are confident the City of Sydney Amateur, which gets underway October 4th at Moore Park Golf Club in inner-Sydney, will again attract a strong field to compete in the 72 hole scratch play tournament.
The event has been gaining momentum in recent years, attracting the cream of Australian amateur talent. In 2008 the Australian Eisenhower Cup team used the City of Sydney as one of its pre-tournament warm up events.
Jack Higginbottom won the 2012 City of Sydney Amateur (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The staging of the tournament is a credit to the organisers and sponsors in an environment where numerous main amateur events struggle or have disappeared off the map in recent years.
Significantly, the event has also been designated as a Vardon event for entry into NSW State selection squads.
The announcement of the R&A tournament sanction will ensure a stellar field as players strive for the ranking points so as to boost their world amateur ranking.
The tournament enjoys a rich history with golfing greats such as Bruce Devlin, Graham Marsh, Jack Newton David Graham, Frank Phillips, Ted Ball, Bob Stanton & Bill Dunk all former participants.
Legendary amateurs Harry Berwick, Tony Gresham and Alan Waterson made regular appearances at the tournament.
Last year Jake Higginbottom defeated Dimi Papadatos in a play-off to secure his last amateur title before turning professional.
The pair finished the three-round world ranked amateur event at 5-under-par after Higginbottom stormed home with a final round of 66, birdieing the last hole to forced the playoff.
The leading 50 scratch scores this year will be seeded for the 36-hole final round to be played on Sunday 6 October.
The Moore Park Golf Club itself has a proud record with regards to elite golfers and during the last six years has featured in six consecutive NSWGA major pennant finals, winning three and during the same period has had no less than 15 representations in NSW State squads and three representations at National level.