Morgan, Heath secure Australian Amateur crowns
Jed Morgan and England’s Charlotte Heath have claimed the Australian Amateur crowns at Royal Queensland Golf Club.
Heath, who plays out of Huddersfield Golf Club, was too strong for Indonesia’s Mela Putri recording an impressive 7&6 victory.Charlotte Heath and Jed Morgan (Credit: Golf Australia)
Heath began strongly in the 36-hole final and had the dream start to be 4 up through the opening 9 holes and widened that with birdie wins on the 10th, 12th and 13th holes. By the end of the morning 18 holes, Heath was 8-up.
A small revival by Putri was not enough to stop the Englishwomen claiming her first Australian national championship title which adds to her two wins on home soil in England.
The win also sees her gain starts at the Women’s Australian Open and the Victorian Open.
The last British winner of the Womens title was Miss V Anstey in 1955.
Women’s Australian Amateur Highlights
The advantage of playing your home course certainly paid off for Jed Morgan as he claimed the men’s championship with a 5&3 win over Norther Ireland’s Tom McKibbin.
Morgan also was able to get off to a solid start to be 2up on McKibbin after six, and simply kept the power on to be 6-up by the time the pair were standing on the 13th tee.
A few mistakes before the end of the morning sessions saw Morgan still enjoying a 4up advantage moving into the after session.
Men’s Australian Amateur Highlights
With the local crowd behind Morgan and his knowledge of the layout obvious, Morgan played steady golf as the rain softened the greens.
Knowing par golf would be enough, Morgan kept the pressure on to record his 5&3 victory and became the first Australian player to win their home national title since Matias Sanchez won at Yara Yara in 2017 with a 1-up victory over Min Woo Lee.
The Australian Amateur is Morgan’s first main title having been a finalist at the 2018 NSW Amateur and runner-up at the South Australian Amateur Classic last year.