England international Gian-Marco Petrozzi holed a 50ft eagle putt to win the New South Wales Amateur in Australia on the 37th hole of the final.
Petrozzi commented: “It feels absolutely great, especially the manner I did it in. To hole a putt like that and win was fabulous.”
The 20-year-old from Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire had been through highs and lows during the final against Australia’s Jed Morgan. He set off playing great golf, firing on all cylinders and was four up after the first 18 holes before extending his lead to six holes in the afternoon.
Then, his putter went cold and his opponent found top form. “We ended up all square after 35 and on the last I managed to scrape a half,” said Petrozzi.
“On the play-off hole I had 260 yards to the green and hit a three iron to about 50ft – and then managed to hole that 50-footer for an eagle to win.
“I’d been down, it’s the end of a long trip and I was mentally tired and feeling almost beaten before I was beaten. But the golfing gods helped me out and I think I did deserve it in the end – and it was great to do it in that fashion.”
Petrozzi continues a great English winning tradition in this event, following Scott Gregory in 2017 and Paul Howard in 2015. “The Australians can have the Ashes but not the NSW trophy!” he joked.
Petrozzi has been part of a four-man England Golf squad on a month long tour of Australia, alongside Jake Burnage (Saunton, Devon), David Hague (Malton and Norton, Yorkshire) and Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire). Other highlights included Hague’s second place in the Avondale Amateur and his quarter final place in the Australian Amateur.
“It’s been a fantastic trip,” said Petrozzi, who is also the Welsh open champion (above). “I will never forget this.”
Main image: Gian-Marco Petrozzi displays his trophy flanked by David Hague (left) and Matthew Jordan.