Wollongong’s Thomas Heaton showed his immense potential when he threatened to pull off a stunning boilover at the NSW Amateur match play event on Wednesday.
Heaton was two-up through 12 holes against Canadian Joey Savoie, who is the 34th ranked amateur in the world.
However, Savoie stormed back to win two-up in the first round match at Terrey Hills, following a morning delay when lightning storms circled the area.
Heaton, long recognised in the Illawarra as an immense junior talent and a Wollongong Golf Club champion, rose to prominence in November 2017, when he hit a hole-in-one in at the NSW Open.
Handle the heat
Kiama junior Eddie Ward held his nerve in searing Northern Territory heat to win the Paul Pearson Cup.
Ward and clubmate Wil Daibarra were joint leaders after day one after both shooting 74 as temperatures pushed past 40 degrees celcius.
In a thrilling conclusion, Ward carded a second round 76 for a total of 150, to edge out Cronulla's Brock Speechley by one shot.
Daibarra’s second round 79 saw him finish fourth on 153.
The win continues on his good form after previous wins prior to Christmas at The Ridge with a four under 68 and The Coast with a one over par 71.
BOSEVSKI FLYING HIGH
Selena Bosevski shot 83 on the final day to seal a seven stroke win in the final round of the Touchdown Helicopters series.
The win also secured the district championships boys title. Kiama’s Ethan Harvey, the district boys champion, used a little local knowledge to post 71, the best round of the day to see him take out the overall boy's title with a 36 hole score of 148.
Jack Nisbett playing in one of his last events as a junior finished runner-up on 152.
Other series winners included Boy's 15+ nett – Kiama’s Will Blomley (15 and over nett), Links Shell Cove’s Brad Willis (14 and under gross), Wollongong’s Coopar Nianios (14 and under nett), Kiama’s Taj Hinkley (stableford).