However, a mix of bogeys and birdies over the last nine of the southern course combined with a charge from Jed Morgan was enough to put some tension on the pitch.
The upset for club member Watt never really seemed to come after he came back tied for the day and nine under for the tournament at the 16.e hole. Morgan, Queensland’s new pro, dropping a par-3 17 shote to allow the coronation of the first champion of Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Clayton.
Having learned of the existence of his five-shot tampon on Morgan as he pulled up 72sd hole, Watt added some final theatrics with a par-4 birdie to cheers from family and friends, fellow pros and casual observers.
“I’ve waited a long time to be a winner, a four round event, my first as a pro, extremely satisfying,” said the Melbourne-based West Australian who finished under 10 under for the tournament. Australia Golf Magazine immediately after signing their card.
Grace Kim won the award for professional female bottom. PHOTO: Paul Shire.
“The icing on the cake was to put the putt on the last one. It’s interesting, I didn’t know all day until the last step that I had a five-stroke lead, and my fiancé told me. It’s a weird feeling to stand over the putt and think “You might as well do it”. This arrival in the stands, everyone wants this feeling, it’s the best feeling.
Watt’s reflection on his expectation to break through in a four-round event was understandably an instant reaction.
The 31-year-old was at one point ranked as the world’s No.1 amateur, touted as a potential future star. And despite a recent home victory in Perth over 36 holes, he hadn’t really done his best in a big event, until this week.
“This is probably the most important thing. Can you do this in a four round event like this? And I can. It’s just amazing. – Brady Watt.
Watt appeared to be the leader after the first round at Kingston Heath on Monday before Blake Collyer passed him with a late shot. Since that time however, he looks in total control, both of his golf ball and of his emotions, a smile permanently tattooed on his face.
The smile was not unique to Watt, with every person, player and other enjoying their time on some of the best golf courses on the planet in a unique format. But it was clear that the “Sunday pines on four consecutive days” challenge as Ogilvy put it, firm and fast conditions and the emphasis on strategy suited him perfectly.
“This is my biggest event as a winner. And it’s great to do that on your home class in front of your family and friends, ”Watt said. “I played really solid, I love this type of course.”
16-year-old Jeneath Wong won the female amateur bottom award at the inaugural Sandbelt Invitational. PHOTO: Paul Shire.
While Watt seemed to have his game tuned to perfection as he paced the aisles in a variety of bucket hats throughout the week, Morgan, who finished three under alone in second place, clearly wasn’t not at its best. But the 2020 Australian amateur champion, who finished one ahead of John Lyras, fought admirably and will take a long step back from the week. Not the least of a large check as he begins his life in the game for the paid ranks.
“I probably shouldn’t have been invited to participate in this, and luckily I know Geoff and the other organizers quite well and they contacted me, and I’m very grateful,” Morgan told this post.
“I tried not to think about it, but obviously it plays a major role in what we do, the money we make. I missed two cups in a row and as we approach this week the confidence was not very high, so that definitely increases it.
Jye Pickin was the bottom male amateur after four rounds, with the New South Welshman finishing in ninth place. PHOTO: Paul Shire.
And the 21-year-old will be heading home for Christmas with more than a few extra dollars in that bank account.
“I just discovered myself a bit more there, that was the cool thing. Where I finished it mattered to me, but neither was it because I hadn’t really played in six months. I searched a lot and despite what happened the last few days it was so much fun.
The event was more than just a group of professional men getting together for a “Christmas kick and laugh,” as Watt suggested he initially thought it might look like this.
Women’s football pros and amateurs as young as 13 have made up the field, and three others have been recognized for their efforts through ‘The Heath’, Royal Melbourne, Yarra Yarra and ‘PK’.
Grace Kim won a tournament in the tournament, winning the low pro female title.
“Playing with some of the pros, like Zach Murray and Lucas Herbert, I’ve had a spectacular week. Watching your good shots compete with their good shots is just another tool in your bag to tell you ‘D’ okay, I’m pretty good at it ‘. ” – Jye Pickin.
The Sydneysider tied for the event to pass a quick-finishing Su Oh, who finished in a share of 12e at four o’clock.
Kim is another who recently left the amateur game after a decorated run, and seems a formidable prospect, having handled her game beautifully throughout the four days.
“I just wanted to play tied. I didn’t want to get too greedy, but that didn’t mean I didn’t want to back down, ”Kim said. “I think it’s definitely a revelation to know where my game is at the moment. I look forward to all the events of the summer. I guess bring it.
The amateur prizes went to Jye Pickin (+1) and little Jeneath Wong (+12), who played with Ogilvy on the final day and finished with an even round for an eight-stroke advantage over her closest competitor. .
“It was awesome. Great week,” said Pickin. “It’s tough golf, but you just have to hang in there and make a few putts, which I did today.
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“Playing with some of the pros, like Zach Murray and Lucas Herbert, I’ve had a spectacular week. Watching your good shots compete with their good shots is just another tool in your bag to tell you ‘D’ Okay, I’m pretty good at it ”.
Wong added: “It’s really exciting, I played last week at PK and Kingston Heath, I had a little practice round before the week. It went pretty well.
All four will leave the event and the spectacular Peninsula Kingswood extremely happy. But Clayton, Ogilvy and co. who have created something extremely special that has proven that big names and big tents are not the recipe for tournament success. Quality lessons and a unique learning opportunity for young players, a winning combination that could attract the other as soon as possible.
And Watt will share their collective positivity on what happened this week as he moves forward and seeks to continue the process of fulfilling his promise of years ago.
“Confidence, you prove yourself that you can do it,” he said. “This is probably the most important thing. Can you do this in a four round event like this? And I can. It’s just amazing.
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