Game plan worked to a tee

Gosnells Golf Club member Jarryd Felton in action at the Mandurah Amateur championship.
Gosnells Golf Club member Jarryd Felton in action at the Mandurah Amateur championship.

It is his fifth national rankings title in just over a year.

Felton was almost out of contention after his opening round 73, seven strokes from the lead.

A second-round 64 brought Felton right back into the mix and the Gosnells Golf Club member finished strongly at 9-under par, ahead of Australia number one Todd Sinnott (7-under) in second and former Australian number one Andrew Schonewillie (6-under) in third.

Felton trailed by two strokes at the start of the day’s play, but holed many crucial putts throughout both rounds, particularly on the par-5 11th hole.

In the morning round, Felton sunk a seven-metre putt for an eagle to get within two shots of Schonewillie and holed another putt off the green in the afternoon for par, while Schonewillie missed an great birdie opportunity.

Instead of facing a likely three-shot gap with seven holes to play, Felton kept the deficit to a single stroke and a birdie putt from off the green on 15 secured him a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish.

‘I knew I was playing well so I just kept to my game plan and it’s paid off. I holed some good putts down the stretch and was able to finish it off,’ Felton said. ‘It was a good day on the greens, and a good week apart from the first round, where I really struggled, but it was good to bounce back.’

It was a mixed week for Felton, who lost a close friend from Gosnells Golf Club during the week.

‘Her husband is my sponsor and when I first joined Gosnells they were the first people I met,’ he said. ‘I’ve known both of them for 12 years and they’ve really helped me with my golf, so it was good to get the win today.’