Jarryd Felton wins Mandurah Amateur
Jarryd Felton has followed up his win at the City of Perth Championship with the Mandurah Amateur Open title.
The tournament was reduced to three rounds due to extensive weather delays with strong winds and storms lashing the Mandurah Country Club layout.
Jarryd Felton (Credit: WA Golf)
Felton produced rounds of 71-71-73 for a two stroke victory over Aaron Wilkin and Nathan Waters. Michael Dennis and Jack Williams shared 4th position.
Brady Watt, one of the pre-tournament favourites, finished in a tie for 23rd position, with Cameron Davis, Callan O’Reilly, Ryan Ruffels and Kiran Day rounding out the top-10.
Victory for Felton was important in a number of ways against a field that included eight of Australia’s top-20 ranked players.
For a start is sees the Western Australian’s world ranking jumping over 150 places from 412th before the City of Perth event, to 231th following the win at Mandurah.
Secondly, the back-to-back wins have catapulted Felton into the amateur spotlight following a successful stint in the junior ranks that included runner-up finishes at the 2011 & 2012 Western Australian Boys and a top-3 finish at the Victorian Junior Masters.
Felton was in total control of the Mandurah Amateur when play was called off during the final round. The new champion was informed of his new title on the 5th tee.
“Yeah it felt strange,” said Felton, who also won the 2013 Gosnells Open.
“I hit my tee shot on the par 5 on the fifth hole and I was told we’re pulling play. I thought I would have to come back in a few hours to finish off but then I was told that I was the champion.”
“I was playing really well and hitting the greens and making two putt pars, so I was happy with how I was going to that point.”
With his victory, Felton joins previous champions such as 2006 US Open Winner Geoff Ogilvy, Brett Rumford, and Jarrod Moseley and will be looking to capitalise on his run of form at Mount Lawley Golf Club where he will take on some of the nation’s best professionals at the WA Open Championship in October.
The next top amateur event on the Australian circuit will be the City of Sydney starting October 4 at Moore Park Golf Club in Sydney, followed by the Keperra Bowl at Keperra Country Club, starting October 15.