Top Aussies line up for battle at Federal Amateur

The Federal Amateur championship gets underway this Friday in Canberra with a number of the nation’s top amateurs doing battle for this prized amateur crown.

The tournament was first staged in 1951, achieving Vardon status in the 1970’s and approved as a National Selection Trial event shortly thereafter. This year’s field includes 116 males and 40 females with a cut of leading 45 male players and ties and the leading 15 females plus ties playing 36 holes on Sunday.

Blake Windred Blake Windred (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Blake Windred should challenge for the title and has recorded some fine local results during 2017, including a tied 4th at the Mandurah Open, medallist at the South Australian Amateur and a top-30 finish at the Queensland Open on the Australasian Tour.

Other challengers include Josh Armstrong, whose local knowledge will serve the Junior Presidents Cup player well, and Western Australian Kiran Day.

Keep an eye also for some young emerging talent including Sydney’s Harrison Crowe, who has been recording some stellar junior results lately and enters the event ranked inside Australia’s top-6 in junior rankings. Crowe is a solid prospect for the Federal Junior title.

The Ladies championship has attracted the likes of Grace Kim and Karis Davidson, who are sure to do battle for the title. Steph Kyriacou is another who should feature well and with national ranking points up for grabs all will be striving to secure the win.

Previous winners at the Federal Amateur include Nick Flanagan (2003) Gavin Flint (2004), Rick Kulacz (2006), Daniel Beckmann (2007), Matt Jager (2008-9). Tim Hart won in 2011 and Daniel Bringolf was victorious in 2012. Taylor MacDonald won in 2014 with James Gibellini victorious in 2013.

Last year Austin Bautista from Sydney’s Bonnie Doon GC won for the second consecutive year, after Bautista parred the difficult 18th while Charlie Dann went in for bogey.