Coletta, Quayle top Aussies at Western Amateur

Victorian and 2015 US Amateur medallist Brett Coletta and Queensland’s Anthony Quayle narrowly missed making the sweet 16 at the Western Amateur Championship in Chicago after both players closed with rounds of 71 to finish outside the cut mark by three strokes.

The format for this year’s championship saw 156 invited players playing 36 holes of stroke followed by a cut of the low 44 scores and ties which has four Aussies making the cut who played 36 holes of stroke to determine the 16 players advancing to the match play section and tournament proper.

Anthony Quayle Anthony Quayle (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Two other Aussies made the top-44, Cameron John and Harrison Endycott.

American Dylan Meyer captured the 114th Western Amateur with a 3&1 victory over England’s Sam Horsfield, who dominated the tournament until the title match.

Horsfield had earlier taken medallist honours by nine strokes and survived his first three matches after that. The Englishman was looking to become the first medallist since Chris Williams in 2012 at Exmoor Country Club to win the overall tournament title.

Meyer in contrast needed to survive a sudden death playoff on Thursday to make the Sweet 16 match play qualifiers. Meyer opened match play with a 1-up win over Michael DeMorat, of Florida.

He then defeated Doug Ghim, of Illinois, 5&4, in the quarterfinals before accounting for Will Gordon, of North Carolina, 4&2, in Saturday’s semifinals.

In the championship final, Horsfield had taken a 2-up lead through five holes but Meyer won holes 6 and 7 to square the match and didn’t lose another hole, with his first birdie at the 601-yard par-5 10th setting the stage for the championship title.

Meyer joins a distinguished list of Western Amateur champions, including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Andy North, Curtis Strange and Ben Crenshaw. Meyer’s previous top finish in a national tournament was second in the 2013 Western Junior.