Stieger secures 2011 Australian Amateur

New South Welshman Matt Stieger clinched his first Srixon Australian Amateur Championship with victory over New Zealand’s Ben Campbell at Victoria Golf Club.

“I’m definitely on a high,” Stieger said. “Dad was crying when I spoke to him on the phone – he was ecstatic.”

For Stieger it marks an extraordinary few months including winning the Tasmanian Open, joining the National Squad and now winning the Amateur and but said he was determined to keep his feet on the ground.

“Golf is a funny game. One day you can go out and shoot six under, the next day six over.”

“You can never get too far ahead of yourself, you’ve got to do more practice to keeping getting better and that’s where my mindset is and it’s working for me,” the St Michael’s Golf Club member said.

The match was a thrilling affair and Stieger took the advantage with a birdie on the 17th hole.

It was Campbell’s second consecutive Srixon Australian Amateur final.

Stieger said he was going to take a brief break before getting ready for his next events.

“I’ll put the clubs down for a week after playing so much golf without a break and relax and prepare for Mandurah, Keperra and the other events I’m playing.”

In winning the championship, Stieger earns exemptions into the 2011 Australian Open and 2011 British Amateur Championship.

Stieger thanked Srixon for their support of amateur golf.