Elite Amateur

Dylan Perry heads Australian qualifiers at US Amateur

Dylan Perry, seen here in action in June's Amateur Championship, gets another chance. (Photo: R&A)
Four Australians have survived the 36 holes of qualifying for the US Amateur Championship at the Riviera and Bel Air Country Clubs in Los Angeles, Dylan Perry, Travis Smyth, Shae Wools-Cobb and Blake Collyer advancing to the leading 64 players who now face off in a series of match play encounters.

Hunter Valley but now Gold Coast based, Perry, who in June finished runner-up at the Amateur Championship, tied for 19th with a second round of 69 after recovering from an early double bogey at Bel Air Country Club. After narrowly missing the opportunity to take one of the world’s most prestigious amateur titles seven weeks ago, he gets another chance over the next few days.

Wollongong’s Travis Smyth has been one of Australia’s best amateurs over the past few years and despite struggling to the finish of his second round of 72 at Bel Air today he finished 35th and his chances in the world’s most significant amateur championship remains alive.

The Sunshine Coast golfer, Shae Wools-Cobb, was comfortably cruising to a place in the field of 64 before a horror back nine at Riviera Country Club today saw him slip from being inside the top ten through nine holes to a share of 35th with Smyth and others. A birdie at his final hole halted the backward momentum and improved his standing and he is safely into the match play field.

Melbourne’s Blake Collyer was the story of the day amongst the Australians as, through 16 holes of his second round at Riviera, he was languishing outside the likely cutline after a double bogey at the 15th hole had him two shots from making the match play field.

Collyer would then eagle the 17th and birdie the last to finish at 3 over for the 36 holes and tie for 49th after what could only be described as a gutsy comeback.

Of the Australians who will not graduate, West Australian and Australia’s leading amateur on the domestic rankings, Min Woo Lee was perhaps the unluckiest, a bogey at his final hole of the day at Riviera Country Club costing him a chance of a playoff for one of the final places in the match-play field.

Other Australians to miss out on a place in the match play phase were Kiran Day, James Gierson, Harrison Endycott, Matias Sanchez, Ruben Sondjaja and Karl Vilips.     

All match-play encounters will be played at the famed Riviera Country Club over the next five days culminating in a 36 hole final on Sunday.


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