Luke Brown’s aspirations of leaving the amateur scene on a high remain well and truly alive as he progresses through to the quarterfinals in the New Zealand Men’s Amateur.

He’s beaten fellow New Zealand representative Matt McLean 4/3 in a dominant display of ball striking to advance to the round of 16 this afternoon against up and coming star, Jayden Ford.

Brown continued his fine form from the morning round to lead Ford for most of the afternoon, eventually claiming his second victory of the tournament 2/1.

He says playing smart golf in the wind is paying dividends.

“Playing Matty this morning was probably a good match to have first up as he’s a fierce rival of mine, so I had to be on my game right from the opening tee shot.

“I felt really good out there and didn’t miss a shot for much of the day. I didn’t have to make many birdies and I didn’t make too many bogeys. I controlled the ball really nicely in the wind,” says Brown.

The Northlander is really enjoying being amongst the amateurs for one last time.

“It seems like the amateur keeps rolling on. I guess I’m just playing each shot as it comes and trying to make the most of this week. I’m just staying in the moment and really trying to enjoy myself,” says a happy Brown.

He has another blockbuster match in tomorrow morning’s quarterfinal against Hawkes Bay’s Mako Thompson, who took out defending champion Charlie Smail this morning, and defeated Kit Bittle convincingly this afternoon.

Play gets underway from 8am tomorrow morning.



    1 Clarke, Dale 96.00
    2 Curnow, Brent 48.00
    2 Millington, Douglas 48.00
    4 Cormack, Matthew 25.92
    4 Wilson, Mike 25.92

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