Sinnott tops Master of the Amateurs qualifying

Todd Sinnott shot the lights out of Royal Melbourne’s West Course with a sizzling 8-under 64 to take medallist honours at the Australian Master of the Amateurs Qualifying.

Sinnott gains automatic entry into Australia’s highest ranked amateur event at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, starting 8 January 2013, as he strives for arguably the most prestigious crown on Australia’s amateur circuit.

Todd Sinnott Todd Sinnott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Ryan Ruffels from Victoria Golf Club fired a 67, along with Cruze Strange from Kingswood Golf Club with a score of 68 to round out the three qualifiers to gain exemption into the event.

The event has already proved to be a stepping stone in the golfing careers of Australians Jason Day and Brendan Jones and the US PGA Tour’s young gun, Rickie Fowler.

Amateurs from around the world will contest the 72-hole stroke even with numerous exemptions already being offered and accepted by the world’s best, including 14-year-old Chinese golfer Tianlang Guan, winner of the Asian Amateur, who will become the youngest competitor in US Masters history next year.

“We anticipate that we’ll have three of the world’s top-10 amateurs Americans Peter Williamson, Brandon Hagy and Patric Rodgers competing,” said Tournament Director, Peter Mann.

“We’ll have players from Europe, America, UK, China and South Africa attending. The lure of playing Royal Melbourne as well as the status of our event will ensure another fantastic tournament and a worthy winner of the title.”

Last year Nathan Holman secured at five stroke win over Daniel Nisbet to finish at 10-under. Holman will return to defend his title, while Daniel Nisbet has recently turned professional.