Zach knocks over top-liner in his semi

ZACH Murray has continued on his giant-killing ways to make the final of the Victorian Open Amateur match play.

The Wodonga teenager is believed to be the prestigious tournament’s youngest finalist after knocking over several highly ranked amateurs and Australian squad members this week.

Murray won eight of the first 12 holes at Kingston Heath yesterday to easily beat former state player Matt Hinkley.

When play finished in his semi-final in the afternoon at the 15th hole, he was four holes up on national team member Anthony Murdaca.

On Monday afternoon at Commonwealth, Murray won at the last against Australian-ranked Tom Power Horan.

He had earlier defeated No. 1 junior and high Open finisher Ryan Ruffels.

The Catholic College Wodonga student qualified for the matchplay by finishing inside the top 32 at the four-round Victorian Open that finished on Sunday.

Murray nursed tired legs yesterday afternoon and was looking forward to “watching the Aussies win the cricket”.

“My legs are sore, I’ve played something like 170 holes of golf since last Thursday,” he said.

“I’ll relax now knowing I have 36 holes to play tomorrow, look to take my mind off golf for a while.”

Murray said he was confident of doing well in the match play after an indifferent performance in the stroke championship.

“I had four or five bad holes and never really recovered but still scraped into the match play,” he said.

“But I was always confident — I’m pretty happy to have beaten Ruffels and then this afternoon Murdaca.

“I have just been going out there making four or five birdies and not too many bogies.

“Matchplay is different to stroke play — you can shoot the lights out one day and then be just off the next and not be in the contest.”

Murray will take on Australian No.13 Todd Sinnott over 36 holes at Kingston Heath today.

“I’ve never played with him but he has the same coach, so I’ve seen him around,” he said.

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