Drewitt Wins SA Golf Amateur

Brett Drewitt secured his first major stroke play win, with victory at the 2011 Golf SA Amateur Classic at Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide. Moving into the final round Drewitt commanded a six-shot lead and carded an even-par, 71, for a four round total of 7-under-par after scores of 70-64-72-71. The result handed Drewitt a four shot victory over Daniel Bringolf. Bringolf and Rory Bourke were the final round movers both scoring an impressive 2-under-par rounds of 69 to be one of just four players breaking par for the round at Glenelg. Bringolf finished the tournament at 3-under-par, with Burke finishing 3rd a further shot back on 2-under-par. With overseas commitments pending in the UK and US as early as next month the timing of Drewitt's win was perfect, not to mentioned well due. "It was great to finally get a stroke win under my belt," remarked Drewitt, who has two previous wins to his credit at the 2010 Queensland Amateur and at the 109th Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club, British Columbia, which were both match play events. "I was a little nervous coming down the final stretch as Daniel [Bringolf] was scoring well. I've been close this summer at the Tasmanian Open and at Riversdale, so it was important to seal this win." Drewitt's final round display of golf was well disciplined and strategic. Starting with a commanding six stroke lead he knew the field would have catch him, yet Drewitt wanted to make sure that he secured the win by closing out strongly. "What I take most away from the win is the way I was able to close the tournament out," said Drewitt. "Today, I certainly played differently over the closing holes than what happened at Riversdale. I kept my score going when both Daniel and Brad [Moules] made mistakes on sixteen. That was the turning point for me on the sixteenth towards winning this title."
Admitting after the presentation that he'd felt nervous over the closing stages of the final round when Bringolf came within three strokes with four holes to play, Drewitt was able to retain his composure and focus on the task at hand despite the surrounding distractions and pressures with snatching that maiden amateur stroke title. "It got a little bit tight where I had a three shot lead with four to play and I was feeling nervous," admitted Drewitt. "It's finally good to come out on top and win the way that I was able to. I held it together during the closing stages and didn't let a few bad shots get to me, but instead I held my nerve." The victory in Adelaide sees Drewitt back inside the world's top-50 to be ranked 40th after spending the past few months just outside the top-50. "I really want to get my ranking down before heading to the US," says Drewitt. "I'm looking forward to Keperra in a few weeks and just want to have a solid finish there. I don't want to get too carried away with this win, but sure I'd love to win again at Keperra." Drewitt's victory at the Golf South Australia Classic was timely and well deserved for one of our most promising amateurs. Irrespective of the six stroke lead Drewitt took into the final, which came from his second round course record 64 on Friday, over the weekend and during the final round he held it together when the pressure was on. That's a sign of a class player and Drewitt will move on stronger from the experience as the experiences at the Tasmanian Open and Riversdale are long erased from his memory.

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