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Sherratt 7th at Southern Amateur

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Jordan Sherratt finished the best of the Australians at the Southern Amateur with a 9-under-par total and a tie for 7th position, seven strokes behind tournament winner, American Alex Carpenter.

Sherratt fired rounds of 72-69-70-68 to record his first top-10 result in a main US amateur in only two starts since arriving earlier in the month.

"I'm playing alright, but I just didn't start the trip that well," said Sherratt.

Sherratt had started the final round at 5-under-par and his final round of 68, that included five birdies and a single bogey, was the day's fourth lowest and will hopefully be the start of things to come for the talented South Australian.

"This week I started to feel that I was hitting it better and was able to make a few more putts which made the difference," he said after today's final round.

"I just played solid the whole week made a lot of birdies. A few bogeys here and there did damage to my chances, but I was striking the ball well and getting into position out there on the course. It's great to finished off well in a event like this and it gives you a lift moving into your next tournament, that's for sure."

Sherratt will take this week off and travel down to Santiago to visit the Scotty Cameron factory and probably collect some new equipment before heading to the Porter Cup, his next event which starts July 27 at Niagara Falls Country Club. The world number 30 leaves the Southern Amateur feeling his game is there and pleased with his efforts in securing a top-10 finish in only his second start in the US.

Carpenter steamed past several of the world's top amateurs at the Southern Amateur in today's final round with a closing 65 for a one stroke win over overnight co-leader, Patrick Cantlay.

The Abilene-Christian junior out of Little Rock finish at 16-under-par, after posting earlier rounds of 70-67-70. Blayme Barber finished in outright 3rd position at 13-under-par, while another overnight co-leader, Bud Cauley, finished in 5th position at 11-under, one behind 4th placed player, Cheng Tsung Pan at 12-under-par.

Luke Bleumink, Bryden Macpherson and Ryan McCarthy were the next best Australians behind Sherratt, finishing in a tie for 16th position at 4-under-par after Bleumink fired rounds of 70-69-76-69. Macperson's efforts at the Southern Amateur resulted in him securing another top-20 finish to add to his tied 3rd finish at the Dogwood, with the University of Georgia Freshman firing rounds of 72-68-72-72.

McCarthy had been a third round mover at the Southern following a 3-under-par 69 to be four strokes behind the leaders heading into the final round, but a disappointing closing round of 75 hurt the 2008 Tasmanian Amateur champion's chances at this tournament after McCarthy had opened with earlier rounds of 72-68.

Daniel Backmann finished in a tie for 26th position at 2-under-par with rounds of 68-74-72-72 along with Kieran Pratt.

Pratt yesterday fired a third round 71 to be three from the leaders heading into the final round after earlier rounds of 71-66, however, a closing 6-over-par 78 damaged his chances of making a move on the field.

Jason Scrivener finished the tournament at 1-under-par and in a tie for 30th with rounds of 72-73-69-73, and Kalem Richardson rounded out the Aussies who made the cut, finishing at plus-1 with rounds of 73-69-78-69 for a tied 40 finish.

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