Macdonald dominates Keperra with nine-shot win

Taylor Macdonald secured his first Tier 1 National title winning the 2013 Keperra Bowl with a 19-under-par today, nine shots ahead of his nearest rival, Damien Jordan.

Macdonald fired rounds of 66-65-69-69 to blast away the field after dominating the opening round with a 66 for a wire-to-wire victory.

Taylor Macdonald Taylor Macdonald holds the 2013 Keperrra Bowl trophy (Credit: Keperra Country Club)

Not a stranger to shooting low, Macdonald, who hails from Brisbane’s Nudgee Golf Club, burst onto the amateur scene in 2012 on the back of a magical 14-under-par round 57 he carded at Redcliffe Golf Club, north of Brisbane.

Breaking the magical ’60′ was achieved around the 6113 metre par 71 layout with Macdonald carding 10 birdies and 2 eagles for a bogey-free round.

Macdonald’s best result before Friday’s victory was winning the 2012 Victorian Match Play title and earlier this year he finished runner-up at the Saujana Amateur Open in the Malaysia.

With a world ranking moving inside the world’s top-40, Macdonald currently sits our third best ranked amateur behind Brady Watt (6th) and Oliver Goss (9th).

Daniel Hoeve is the only other Aussie insider the world’s top-50. With just four players inside the world’s top-50 this represents one of the lowest number of Aussies inside that mark for over half a decade.

In comparison the USA have twenty, England has ten, including the current world number 1, Matthew Fitzpatrick.

There was a period where Australia was well in front of the English in producing elite amateurs, yet a concerted program by England Golf in the last five years has produced the likes of Dan Willett, Tom Lewis and Sam Hutsby, who dominated the amateur ranks before turning professional.

With Brady Watt accepting an invitation to play the Perth International – where he missed the cut – this Keperra Bowl was an event where the next wave of Aussie amateurs could showcase their games.

Macdonald did just that from his opening 13-under for two rounds – the lowest 36-hole total in this championship – to the way he closed out on the final day with a his second consecutive 69. Macdonald never look threatened as he dominated this year’s field for a memorable victory.

This was a richly deserved win for Macdonald and it will be with interest that we follow his progress in Australia to see how far he can take his game.

Andrew Schonewille carded a final round 66, moving him to outright third at 9-under.

New Zealander Josh Munn finished in a share of 4th with NSW’s Jordan Zunic and Ashley Cosgrove.

This was a a great result for Zunic in his first major hit out after been sidelined with injury following a car accident in the US.

Zunic is another who is capable of moving back inside the world’s top-50. With impressive UK results last season, including a top-16 at the British Amateur, a top-5 at the St Andrews Links, the 2013 Tasmanian Open champion again produced the form at Keperra that makes Zunic one of our players to watch.