Ruffels, Antcliff last men standing at US Amateur
Ryan Ruffels and Maverick Antcliff are the last of the Aussies left standing after making it through to the round of 32 of the US Amateur Championship being played at Olympia Fields Country Club, south of Chicago.
Ruffels, who qualified as the number 8 seed accounted for Beau Hossler, 5&4, in a display of precision golf. Blasting out of the blocks early, Ruffels hit fairways and greens to quickly move to 3-up lead through five.
Ryan Ruffels tees off at Olympia Fields Country Club in the 2015 US Amateur (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Hossler, the 2014 Western Amateur champion, in contrast was having difficulty in finding the fairways which punished his game. At the turn, Ruffels had moved to a commanding 4-up lead over the Texas University Freshman.
Ruffels was relentless and continued to apply the pressure moving to 5-up through 11 before Hossler scored a superb birdie on the 12th hole. By the 14th Ruffels had closed the door with a wonderful mid-iron to the centre of the green with Hossler sitting three after finding the rough with his tee shot.
This was a significant win for Ruffels and with each day his game continues to improve at this championship.
Ruffels’ next opponent is Todd Mitchell, 37, a veteran of eight US Amateurs, including a runner-up at the 2008 US Mid-Amateur
Antcliff, a former Queensland-based player now playing out of Augusta State, accounted for Adrian Meronk, 1-up, and will play Maverick McNealy, 19, a freshman at Stanford University.
Brett Coletta, who took medallist honours yesterday played solid golf and was a little unlucky over the closing stages of his match losing 1-down to American Kyle Mueller.
Coletta was playing in his maiden US tour and to take medallist honours with scores of 67-66 this week against a quality field and on a tough layout is a standout performance from the Victorian.