Lake amateur golf championship

INVERELL’S Brett Drewitt hopes to rediscover his form with the putter as he strives for a rare all-the-way win in the Lake Macquarie Amateur championship at Belmont Golf Course on Sunday.

Drewitt recorded his second straight even-par round to sit alongside Kiwi Josh Munn and England’s Nathan Kimsey at nine-under entering the final round.

The Australian amateur representative, who now plays out of Long Reef and plans to turn professional at the end of the year, opened with a sizzling nine-under 63 on Thursday to equal the course record set by US PGA Tour winner Jason Day in 2002.

But since then his touch with the flat stick has deserted him. He failed to convert a host of short birdie chances today.

From Manawatu, Munn also went even on Saturday, which followed his opening 65 and a 70 on Friday.

Kimsey, who plays out of the Woodhall Spa Club in Lincolnshire, was the only one of the trio to break par, finishing with a one-under 71 to go with his earlier 67 and 69.

Two time runner up Cameron Smith (Royal Queensland) is a shot away after scores of 72, 67, 69.

Twenty-one year old New Zealander, Vaughan McCall, who practices on a South Island country course where sheep mow the fairways, had a blistering five-under 67.

McCall, who comes from the tiny farming community of Gore, showed his record-equalling round of 63 in the Lake Macquarie tournament last year was no fluke when he had eight birdies and three bogies in Saturday’s round.

Unfortunately, McCall crashed on Friday with an 81 after an excellent three-under 69 on Thursday.

His round Saturday brought him back to one over.

McCall works on a dairy farm to finance his golf.

“My work day routine is to get up at 3 am, start work at 5 am knock off at 2 pm and then play golf,” he said.

His home course is Tapanui where the sheep keep the fairways mown and there are portable fences around the greens.

The best round today was carded by Queenslander, Viraat Badhwar, who had a brilliant six-under 66 to be at six-under 210.

Badhwar started with a bogey on the first hole but then had five birdies and an eagle on the 432 metres par five 16th hole.

Best of the Hunter Valley contingent was former Scone golfer, Nathan Waters, who had a 69 on  Saturday to follow his earlier rounds of 69 and 77  to be one under.

Toronto’s Callan O’Reilly had a disappointing two-over 74 to  be even par.

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