Drewitt commands SA Amateur Classic lead
Brett Drewitt is yet to win a leading amateur stroke title but that may change at the South Australian Amateur Classic being played a Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide.
After opening with a round of 70, a course record second round 64 followed and has set the stage for Drewitt to dominate this National Trial event and secure his first top amateur stroke title.
In tough third round conditions Drewitt managed a 1-over-par, 72, on a day where just six players in the thirty-seven field broke par.
Drewitt commands a six stroke lead over Daniel Bringolf and Brad Moules moving into the final round.
The day’s lowest scores were shared by Tom Bond and Brody Ninyette with 2-under par rounds of 69.
Last week Drewitt finished with a tied 8th at Mandurah on a course that was poorly presented as he and the majority of the field struggled to post decent scores due to bumpy greens.
Drewitt knew his game was on song moving to Adelaide, yet never envisaged pulling out a course record to set up what will hopefully be his maiden main amateur stroke victory.
“It helps having a round like that, you have to capitalise on those rounds and go onto get the job done,” says Drewitt.
“Today was a lot harder. I drove the ball well and overall I’m pleased with where I’m placed. Tomorrow, I’ll just focus on my own game and go out aggressively and try and widen the margin, as opposed to protecting it.”
A review of Drewitt’s amateur achievements shows a win at the 2010 Queensland Amateur and last season Drewitt was the only Australian to secure an international with his 4&3 victory over American, Cory Renfrew, at the 109th Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.
Both victories were in match play.
“I’m after a stroke play win to add to the collection,” says Drewitt.
“I’ve been close this season at the Tasmanian Open and at Riversdale, so hopefully here in Adelaide I can pull the win off. Should that eventuate, it will close out something I’ve yet to achieved.”
As a junior Drewitt certainly experienced success on the podium and since then has transitioned well into the top amateur ranks.
In 2009 he won the Jack Newton International and collected numerous junior tournament titles in the New England-North West region of New South Wales where he’s originally from.
A move to Sydney to be based at Long Reef Golf Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches was strategic on Drewitt’s part as it enabled him more opportunity to compete in top events and in the process gain valuable experience.
This season Drewitt has secured a top-16 at the NSW Amateur, a top-10 finish at the Lake Macquaire Amateur and a top-15 at the Master of the Amateurs.
“I’m planning to tour the UK and US this season so winning locally before then is important in that respect,” says the world number 51.
“I learn’t a lot after Riversdale and will probably approach tomorrow’s final round differently. A lot depends on the weather, yet I’m planning to go out there and shoot a number in the 60′s and that hopefully should be enough.”
The Glenelg layout rewards solid and strategic play. Errant tee shots are punished and while the greens are generous, they require delicate precision putting depending on the pin placement.
This Golf SA Amateur Classic is there for the taking and in the process Drewitt can put to bed the issue of not having a top amateur stroke title to his credit.