Course record sees Drewitt lead at Belmont

An opening 9-under-par, 63, followed by an even-par 72 sees Brett Drewitt leading the Lake Macquarie Amateur at Belmont.

Drewitt, the 2012 NSW Amateur champion is at 9-under for the tournament, along with New Zealand’s Josh Munn, who carded opening rounds of 65-70.

Brett Drewitt Brett Drewitt (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The pair are a stroke ahead of Nathan Kimsey (67-69), with last week’s Australian Amateur champion Cameron Smith currently in a tie for 4th position with Aaron Wilkin at 3-under after Smith recorded rounds of 72-67.

This is the second occasion Drewitt has fired a 63 in a main amateur event. The last occasion the world number 37 fired the number was at the 2012 US Amateur qualifying at Victory Links Golf Club in Blaine, Minnesota.

Drewitt is also making a habit of collecting course records. In 2011 he carded a 7-under-par, 64, at Glenelg Golf Club on his way to winning his first main stroke title at the Golf SA Amateur Classic.

Drewitt has three previous major amateur wins to his credit with the 2010 Queensland Amateur, the 109th Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club, British Columbia, as well as the 2012 NSW Amateur, which were all match play events.

He dearly wants nothing more than to establish himself as a stroke exponent having proven himself as a deathly competitor in match play.

A victory this weekend would be fitting for Drewitt who has worked hard on his game in recent months in preparation towards progression to the paid ranks later in the year.

Brady Watt at 7th in the world is the top-ranked amateur competing at Belmont and opened with rounds of 71-72 to be at 1-under and in a tie for 18th along with Chris Brown.

Thirty players are within ten strokes of the leaders including Taylor MacDonald and Callan O’Reilly who are at 2-under.

Dale Brant-Richards and Anthony Murdaca – who played well last week at the Australia Amateur – are at even par with Jordan Zunic and Australian Master of the Amateur champion Viraat Badhwar.