Zunic best of the Aussies at St Andrews

Jordan Zunic secured an impressive top-10 finish at the prestigious St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland finishing at 6-under-par with rounds of 71-68-73-69.

Zunic, a semi-finalist at this year’s Australian Amateur, was the best of the Australian contingent finishing in a tie for sixth position, with Cameron Smith the next best in a tie for 26th position at 2-over-par.

Jordan Zunic Jordan Zunic secured a top-10 finish at the St Andrews Links Trophy to be the best of the Australians (Photo: Anthony Powter)

Daan Huizing from the Netherlands claimed the prized trophy after taking a commanding lead into the 36-hole final at 14-under-par with rounds of 65-64.

Closing rounds of 68-67 resulted in Huizing finishing at 23-under-par and a fourteen shot winning margin over England’s Alan Dunbar.

Huizing was runner-up in this event last year to England’s Tom Lewis and this year’s win at St Andrews builds upon the world’s number eight eleven shot victory at the Lytham Trophy earlier this month.

Three other Australians made the plus-2 cut mark with Rory Bourke having another impressive international tournament following his runner-up finish last week at the Scottish Amateur Stroke championship with the Victorian firing rounds of 71-73-70-78 to finish in 34th position at 5-over-par.

Matt Stieger finished a stroke behind Bourke at 6-over-par after rounds of 71-73-77-72.

Daniel Nisbet recorded scores of 75-70-77-73 to finish at 8-over-par and in fortieth position to round out the Australian contingent to make the final round .

A total of seventeen Australians entered the 144 man field that included players from twenty-two countries.

Geoff Drakeford and Jake Higginbottom missed the cut by a stroke finishing at 3-over-par, with Drakeford firing rounds of 75-71 and Higginbottom carding rounds of 72-74.

Daniel Bringolf also finished at 3-over-par with rounds of 75-71.

Brett Drewitt fired rounds of 78-69 to finish at 4-over-par, with Todd Sinnott after Sinnott carded rounds of 74-73. Callan O’Reilly finished along with Nathan Holman at 5-over-par with rounds of 76-72.

Ben Campbell was the best of the New Zealanders playing the final day finishing with Stieger at 6-over-par with rounds of 72-71-75-75.