Davis victorious over Hodge at Australian Amateur
Cameron Davis dug deep at the Australian Amateur Championship to defeat New Zealander, Tyler Hodge, on the 37th hole at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.
A three hole winning stretch during the last four holes in the morning session would make all the difference for Davis as he clawed his way back into contention after Hodge had gained a 4-up advantage after the 14th hole in the morning session.Cameron Davis holds the 2015 Australian Amateur trophy (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“I was so pleased to get back into the match with some great iron shots and putts in the morning,” said Davis.
“Tyler kept on sinking putts and getting up-and-down out of the most difficult of places and he was wearing me down. But to be all square after the 18th really was an important point for me in winning this championship.”
Davis to his credit played within himself, never letting the pressure get to him.
Hodge was a tenacious and gritty competitor today. The Kiwi and former Australian and New Zealand Junior champion could easily have had his name on the Australian Amateur trophy, yet Davis had the last say.
Davis refused to give in and proved his worth in a championship match which kept all wondering the outcome right to the end of the 37th hole.
“This is such an important victory to me,” said Davis, a member of the Golf Australia Elite Squad and the NSW Golf High Performance squad under the watchful eyes of Khan Pullen and Dean Kinney.
“It proves all the hard work has paid off. Winning this title is such an honour.”
Davis cemented the victory with an exquisite chip shot on the 37th hole, executed brilliantly under enormous pressure after Hodge found the wood work with the trees on the left hand side of the first hole, at The Australian Golf Club.
Three holes earlier Davis could finished the final off, yet slipped a birdie putt past on arguably one of the toughest holes at The Australian, the 387 metre par 4 16th, to give Hodge some life before the Kiwi won the 35th hole after Davis three putted the green and they headed down the 36th all square.
“It was a real mental battle out there for both of us,” said Davis.
“I held it together but it was a hard fought victory. I came in hitting my irons well and was able to get it close at the end.”
The Australian Amateur title adds to Davis’ win at the Victorian Amateur, which sees the world number 120th as hot as this Aussie summer tour.
This was a worthy victory for Davis.
Belief, dedication, and hard work has seen him win one of the prized trophies of amateur golf in this country.
Davis’ name will be etched alongside Greg Chalmers, Brett Rumford, Brendan Jones and back in time such greats as Harry Berwick, Doug Bachli, Jim Ferrier and Ivo Whiten.