Wittenberg overcomes heat to win City Of Sydney

Matt Wittenberg fired a third round 65 to win the City of Sydney International with a 2-under-par total after earlier rounds of 71-72.

In difficult conditions, Wittenberg, from the Avondale Golf Club located on Sydney’s upper North Shore, played stellar golf to record the day’s low round and a four stroke victory over Toby Williams from The Australian and Nick Watts from Concord.

Matt Wittenberg with the 2015 City Of Sydney trophy Matt Wittenberg with the 2015 City Of Sydney trophy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I just kept focussed out there as the conditions got harder and hotter and it worked,” said Wittenberg, whose next event is next week’s Keperra Bowl in Queensland.

“A win like this sets up well for the coming Australian Ranking events. It’s the confidence booster that I was after. My best round is a 62, so to card a 65 out there today given how difficult the course was playing is great.”

Wittenberg was the only player in the field to break par for the tournament as the Moore Park layout proved a stern test of golf with hot westerly winds seeing players negotiating cross-winds on a number of tricky holes.

“It was certainly tough out there,” said Wittenberg, who’s off a +3 handicap.

“That’s reflected in the scoring. The scores were not as low as they have been in the past.”

Dale Williamson from Killara finished in 4th position with a 2-over-par total, a stroke behind Watts and Williams. Dale Brandt-Richards and Dylan Perry were at 4-over and in a tie for 5th position.

The tournament enjoys a rich history with golfing greats such as Bruce Devlin, Graham Marsh, Jack Newton, David Graham, Frank Phillips, Ted Ball, Bob Stanton & Bill Dunk all former participants.

Legendary amateurs Harry Berwick, Tony Gresham and Alan Waterson also made regular appearances at the tournament. Last year Harrison Endycott withstood a spirited challenge from Travis Smyth to win on the second playoff hole to claim the title.

In the Women’s City of Sydney International, Chizuru Ueda from The Lakes Golf Club secured a comfortable five stroke win over June Song, Lucie Quilliam and Celina Yuan after rounds of 71-76.