Murdaca tops Aussies at St Andrews Links Trophy

Anthony Murdaca secured a top-10 finish with a 6-under-par four round total and was the best of the Australians at the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland on Sunday.

Murdaca finished in a tie for 9th three behind Scotland’s Grant Forrest and Bradley Neil with Forrest winning the title on the first play-off hole with a 25-foot birdie putt.

Anthony Murcada Anthony Murcada (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Forrest, a former Scottish Amateur champion, is based in the US Collegiate system at San Diego University and made the play-off with a spectacular eagle on the famous 18th at St Andrews in his morning round to follow with a birdie in the afternoon.

“Winning the Scottish Amateur was big for me, but I think because of the strength of the field here this has to be the best,” said Forest.

“I’ve only been back from the US for two weeks and I thought I would take a little more time to acclimatise, but it’s great to win back at home.”

“Going down the 1st at the Old Course in a play-off is dreamland, it was surreal. I’m absolutely delighted.”

Ten Australians entered the tournament with one other making the cut, Geoff Drakeford, finishing in a tie for 15th at 3-under to add another solid performance following Drakeford’s runner- up finish last week at the Scottish Open Amateur.

Ben Eccles, Cameron Davis, and Todd Sinnott were some of the Australian notables who copped a dose of reality on the international stage and all missed the cut. No doubt they will be looking to improve with the British Amateur championship starting 16 June at Royal Portrush and Portstewart.

At present just eight Australians are in the British Amateur field, Andre Schonewille, Geoff Drakeford, Anthony Murdaca, D.J Loypur, Cameron Davis, Todd Sinnott, Ben Eccles and Dale Brandt-Richards.