Higginbottom poised for Keperra success

Jake Higginbottom is poised to claim his second top amateur title of the year at the 2011 Keperra Bowl. Higginbottom carded rounds of 67-67-69 to close the day at 13-under-par.

Last week, the Novacastrian secured the 2011 Queensland Amateur title with a 2&1 victory over Tim Hart at Arundel Hills on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Jake Higginbottom Jake Higginbottom (Credit: Bruce Young)

“I came into this tournament with plenty of confidence after the win at the Queensland Amateur,” said the 17-year-old Higginbottom.

“I’m looking forward to trying to get another win but we’ll see what the final round brings.”

Rory Bourke sits at 10-under-par in outright 2nd position, with Michael Smyth and Queensland Men’s Stroke champion, Daniel McGraw, at 9-under-par and in a tie for 3rd position.

Smyth has recently returned from an extended period of absence and feels refreshed from his time away from the game.

In a tie for 5th position and five strokes off the pace is a group that includes current Australian Amateur champion, Matt Stieger, who posted the day’s low round of 67 to move to 8-under-par.

Also at 8-under-par is Brett Drewitt, winner of the recent SA Golf Amateur Classic. Drewitt has proven he is a player who can fire low rounds under pressure.

Tasmanian Cory Crawford also sits alongside Drewitt and Stieger following rounds of 69-68-71.

With 10 players within seven strokes of the lead, Higginbottom will need to remain composed to secure back to back top amateur wins this season.