Drewitt Wins 109th PNGA Men's Amateur

Brett Drewitt of Invernell, Australia, won the 109th PNGA Men's Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. Drewitt defeated Cory Renfrew of Victoria, B.C. in the 36-hole final 4 and 3. Maybe Drewitt's most impressive stat all week was that in all six of his matches, he never trailed an opponent once.

In the morning 18 holes, Drewitt, a 19-year-old who recently was offered an opportunity to play at Texas Tech University, made six straight pars to gain an early 1-up lead through 6 holes. He broke the match wide open with a birdie on the seventh, a par on the eighth, and back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th to go 5-up through 10 holes. Renfrew made a par to win one back on the tough par-3 11th, then birdied the 12th and 13th to get the match back to 2-up in favor of Drewitt. The morning 18-holes would end with Drewitt making par on the 18th for a 3-up lead heading into the break.

The two would trade pars on the first three holes in the afternoon before Drewitt won another hole on the par-3 fourth to increase his lead to 4-up. Renfrew charged back with a concession victory on the sixth and a birdie 3 on eighth to get the match back to 2-up in Drewitt's favor heading into the final 9-holes of the match.

Renfrew made a miraculous save on the 10th to halve the hole but dropped 4-down after Drewitt sank a birdie putt on the long par-3 11th and made a winning par on the 12th. Renfrew's determination kept him in the match after a gutsy par on the 13th won the hole keeping him within striking distance. Drewitt, however, was too much to handle down the stretch as the Aussie closed out the match with steady pars on the 14th and 15th never giving Renfrew an opportunity.

Drewitt, an accomplished player in the Australian junior circuit, adds the prestigious PNGA Men's Amateur victory to an already flourishing breakthrough year in amateur golf. Drewitt's first major amateur victory came in May at the Queensland Amateur Championship. Last week Drewitt competed at the Sahalee Players Championship, the first leg of the Western Swing, and will look to continue his winning ways later this month at the Pacific Coast Amateur at Eugene Country Club in Oregon.

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