COREY Lamb has never been as happy to see a putt drop.
The Branxton teenager drained a nine-metre monster for birdie to snatch an incredible final-hole win at the prestigious Federal Amateur Open Championship in Canberra on Sunday.
Lamb was a stroke behind playing partner Charlie Dann on the tee at the 72nd and final hole.
He nailed a drive down the middle, before hitting an eight-iron nine metres above the hole.
Dann, 26, was just short of the green for two and knocked his approach to two-metres.
“My ball was about 30-feet behind the hole and some of the members there said it was probably the hardest putt you could have,” Lamb said. “It had about six-feet of break in it. I didn’t know how it was tracking until it got to about a foot out and I thought ‘that’s good’.”
Dann had to sink his putt to force a play-off but it slid past the hole.
Lamb, playing Federal for the second time after missing the cut last year, carded rounds of 67,70,69,68 to be at 14-under.
“It was 36 holes on the final day and I played both rounds with Charlie,” the year 12 St Joespeh’s, Lochinvar, student said. “I was behind him most of the day. I was just plodding along, a few putts didn’t drop on the back nine, and finally the one that mattered dropped.
“You need to stay in play around that course and I thought I did that very well. My course management has improved. I’m thinking my way around the course a lot more.”
The Federal is a World Amateur Golf Ranking event and its previous winners include US PGA Tour stars Jason Day and Marc Leishman.
“It’s definitely my biggest win to date,” Lamb said.
“It is a world amateur ranking event which is good. To get into some of the bigger [world amateur] events you need to be in the top 1000. Hopefully that will help move inside that mark.
“I played Federal last year and missed the cut by one so it was good to make amends.”
Dann followed his second place in Canberra by shooting a five-under 66 at Ryde-Parramatta in a qualifier on Monday to secure a place in the Australian Open. The 26-year-old will turn pro before it starts on Thursday.
Next for Lamb is the Jack Newton Junior Golf Bonville Champions Trophy from December 4-7.
“It would be nice to finish the year off well up there,” Lamb said. “The Australian Schoolboys Championships were at Bonville earlier this year and I know the course well.”
Lamb, a member of the NSW junior team, finished seventh at the NSW Country Championships and has had several top-10 finishes in NSW Open qualifiers and enjoys the pressure of playing against adults.
“Next year is my last in juniors and I’m getting used to playing against the men,” Lamb said.
* Chris Turnbull will enter the Newcastle District A-Grade Championships full of confidence after winning the Newcastle Cup on Sunday.
Turnbull carded a three-over 75 to win by a shot from promising Toronto junior Jacob Dundas. Dundas spent last Thursday and Friday caddying for Aaron Townsend at the NSW Open.
Matt Mahony won the handicap section of the Newcastle Cup with a nett 68, two clear of Queenslander Mark Dalmazzo.
* Mick Wade will have home-ground advantage when he attempts to defend his District crown at Charlestown on Sunday. Wade fired a three-under 67 at Merewether last year to win the title at his 22nd attempt.
Luke Ferrier (Merewether) was second at two-under, a stroke clear of Mark Rota (Pacific Dunes). Those two, along with runaway order of merit leader Dave Alexander, his Toronto clubmate Justin Ely, Waratah’s Greg McMillan and young guns Josh Robards (Newcastle) and Harry Cleare (Nelson Bay) pose the biggest threat to Wade going back to back.
* Newcastle District progressed to the next round of the state-wide junior Encourage Shield after beating Toukley 3.5-2.5. The Newcastle junior pennants team didn’t fare as well, going down 6-0 to the Central Coast club.
* Pennants captain Matt Lister will be chasing back-to-back Merewether Cup victories on Saturday.