Voke makes "Sweet Sixteen" at Western Amateur

Nick Voke has followed in the footsteps of Danny Lee by qualifying for the Sweet Sixteen of the prestigious Western Amateur in the United States.

After four rounds of stroke play the tournament reverts to match play tomorrow, where in the past those that have made the final 16 have gone on to great success on the PGA Tour. The Western Amateur's Sweet Sixteen have turned out to be an elite group in the golf world.

Over the years, Sweet Sixteen members between them have 22 major championships since the year 2000 and 11 of the last 20 US Amateur Champions.

Voke who has been rewriting the record books during a stellar year at Iowa State University fired an impressive 3 under par, despite a double bogey on the last to finish 11 under after 72 holes of stroke play in a tie for fourth place.

He will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Lee who won in 2008 and went on that same year to win the US Amateur Championship. Other illustrious winners of the tournament include Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Fellow New Zealander’s Ryan Chisnall and Denzel Ieremia also performed with merit at the event. Chisnall had the chance to join Voke, needing a par at the final hole, however a disastrous triple bogey ruined his chances.

Ieremia made the 36 hole cut but failed to make inroads during rounds three and four finishing in 51st place.

The knockout stages start on Friday with the Semi Final and Final on Saturday, should Voke make it that far.

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New Zealanders at the Western Amateur

Nick Voke           -11 66,70,69,68     T4 (Qualified for Sweet Sixteen)

Ryan Chisnall     -5 69,66,72,72       T20

Denzel Ieremia    +7 68,71,72,78     51st

Daniel Hillier        +3 73, 72              MC



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