Higginbottom wins Qld Amateur

Jake Higginbottom credits his new coach, Gary Barter, from The Australian Golf Club for his 2&1 victory over Tim Hart at the 2011 Queensland Amateur Championship.

In a final which could have fallen into either player's hands, Higginbottom rained on Hart's parade denying him of his chance to go one better than last year where Hart narrowly lost in the final to Brett Drewitt.

Hart was the first to make a strike early to hold a 1-hole lead by the morning's first eighteen. The afternoon's round belonged to Higginbottom as he was able turn the championship around after winning the 22nd & 23rd holes.

Higginbottom then birdied the 26th and 27th holes to hold a three hole advantage heading into the final 9 holes.

Although Hart won a number of the final holes (30th & 33rd) it was Higginbottom's consistency that got him over the line to secure his second state title after winning the 2010 New South Wales Amateur at Royal Sydney over England's Tommy Fleetwood.

"I've done an awful lot with Gary Barter at The Australian Golf Club in preparation for these events and with moving forward," says Higginbottom, 17.

"It's also nice to get that "W" each season and it sets me up for this week's Keperra Bowl."

Originally from the Newcastle region, Higginbottom plays out of The Australian Golf Club in Sydney under an Australian Golf Club Foundation Scholarship.

As a 15-year-old Higginbottom qualified for the NSW Open and in 2006 he won his age group in all 25 Jack Newton Junior tournaments he played.

"This is probably my third year out with playing golf seriously," says Higginbottom, who's currently ranked 55th in the world.

"I want to make more Australian teams moving forward. I played in the Trans-Tasman as well as the Ashes Series back in March and enjoyed every bit of it. My goals as to try and get into more national teams in the future as well as get my world ranking higher."

He again showed yesterday at Arundel Hills over the more experienced Tim Hart with winning the Queensland Amateur to add to the ever increasing number of main amateur titles, that despite his junior years Higginbottom is ready to make a statement that he's a force to be reckoned with in main Australian Amateur Golf.

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