Travis Smyth has started 2020 on the right foot by finishing 13th at the Hong Kong Open.
The Shellharbour golfer carded rounds of a 66, 68, 69 and 70 for a -7, total of 273.
"I am happy with the way I hung in there over the weekend," Smyth, 25, said.
"I wasn't playing too bad, but off the tee I kept finding the rough which made it impossible to control. To go one under over the weekend and find so few fairways was pretty good in the end."
Fellow Australian Wade Ormsby took out the championship with a commanding -17 total.
Next week, Smyth tees off at the US$1million SMBC Singapore Open, an event where he finished T24 last year.
Mitchell seals title win
Colin Mitchell took out the South Coast Amateur held at Wollongong Golf Club on Sunday.
The Links Shell Cove golfer has proven almost unbeatable at the city course, winning nine of the last 10 events he has contested there. On Sunday, he beat 2019 winner Stephen Webb, of Wollongong, by one stroke.
Mitchell claimed the overall title with a -1, 69 round and Webb took out the A grade gross with 70. Anthony Rath (Goulburn) was second in A grade gross on 73 and Jason Wills (Links Shell Cove, 74) took third on a six-way count-back.
Wollongong's Nigel Taylor shot 86 to win B grade scratch from Simon Pedretti (Port Kembla, 87) and Steve Coursey (Wollongong, 92).
Boomerang's Andrew Bradshaw (nett 67) took A grade nett honours and Stephen Hill's (Golf Pass) nett 68 won the B grade nett.
Touchdown Helicopters return
The 2020 Touchdown Helicopters 36 will be held at Wollongong and The Grange golf clubs on Thursday and Friday.
Kiama Downs golfer Ethan Harvey will look to defend the boys title, but faces stiff competition from Eddie Ward, Brad Wills, Wil Daibarra and Will Blomley.
Barrack Heights' Selena Bosevski will aim to retain the girls title, with her main challengers being Sienna Clarke and Lara Thomsen.
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