Drewitt wins SA Golf Amateur Classic
Brett Drewitt has secured his first major Australian amateur stroke play win, with a four-stroke victory at the 2011 Golf SA Amateur Classic at Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide.
Drewitt took a six-shot lead into the final round and carded an even-par 71 to close the tournament at 7-under-par with rounds of 70-64-72-71. First round leader, Daniel Bringolf, finished a further four shots back.
The final day, which was again affected by rain, had Daniel Bringolf and Rory Bourke the day’s movers with both players carding an impressive 2-under-par rounds of 69. Bringolf finished the tournament in 2nd position at 3-under-par, with Bourke finishing 3rd on 2-under-par.
A major stroke play title was something Drewitt wanted to add to his ever increasing list of achievements, which include a win at the 2010 Queensland Amateur and an international title where last season Drewitt was the only Australian to secure an international win with his 4&3 victory over American, Cory Renfrew, at the 109th Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club in British Columbia.
“It was great to finally get a stroke win under my belt,” said Drewitt.
“I was a little nervous coming down the final stretch as Daniel [Bringolf] was scoring well. What I take most away from the win is the way I was able to close the tournament out.”
This Australian summer Drewitt played into contention at both the Tasmanian Open and at the Riversdale Cup, both National Selection events. Closing bogeys at Riversdale cost Drewitt his chances of making a play-off with Matt Stieger and Nathan Holman after he looked as if to have to a win in the bag.
“I did nothing right at Riversdale,” said Drewitt.
“Today, I certainly played differently over the closing holes than what happened at Riversdale. I kept my score going when both Daniel and Brad [Moules] made mistakes on sixteen. That was the turning point for me on the sixteenth towards winning this title.”
Winning the SA Golf Classic was important for Drewitt in more ways than the victory representing his first amateur stroke title.
Drewitt’s four stroke victory was certainly moulded on Thursday’s course record 64, yet it was forged by pure grit and determination.
“I didn’t go out there today to protect a lead,” remarked Drewitt after the presentation.
“It got a little bit tight where I had a three shot lead with four to play. It’s finally good to come out on top and win the way that I was able to. I held it together during the closing stages and didn’t let a few bad shots get to me, but instead I held my nerve.”
With the Keperra Bowl less than a fortnight away, Drewitt is eying off another title, yet is keeping the win in Adelaide in perspective.
“I’ve got my sights set on Keperra,” says Drewitt.
“I just want to back it up with a good result and not get too ahead of myself. Sure I’d like to win at Keperra, but that’s another tournament and another four rounds of golf.”
In an event where 15 of Australia’s top-20 amateurs were competing at the SA Golf Classic, Drewitt has every right to hold his head high.
Drewitt came to Adelaide wanting a stroke play victory to add to his ever growing list of achievements.
He leaves a winner and with no pending plans to turn professional – at least not until after next year’s Eisenhower Trophy – you can be sure it won’t be the last occasion Drewitt will be holding the winner’s trophy.