WODONGA golfer Zach Murray is hungrier than ever for success after making the quarter- finals of the Australian Amateur Golf Championships at The Grange in Adelaide.
Murray bowed out of the tournament when he lost to Todd Sinnott 1-down on Saturday morning after his 10-foot putt lipped out on the final hole.
“I’ve had a good week,” Murray said yesterday.
“It is the biggest tournament in Australia and one of the biggest amateur tournaments in the world, so to finish top eight is a pretty good result.
“I wanted to make the top 16 and I achieved that and more.”
Murray qualified in 16th place for the matchplay after shooting 71 in the two stroke rounds and survived gruelling encounters against Ryan Ruffels and Josh Munn in searing heat on Friday to advance to the quarter-finals.
He admitted it was tough backing up.
“It was really hard work and I slept well on Saturday night,” he said.
“But the first thing I thought of when I woke up was how much I wanted to be in the final and it just makes me more eager to go and practice and do well.”
Murray returned to the Border last night and will now turn his attention to practising for next month’s Victorian PGA and Victorian Open tournaments.
“I’ll go home and do a bit of schoolwork and get ready for my first pro tournament,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
New Zealand’s Tae Koh comfortably defeated Western Australia’s Curtis Luck in yesterday’s amateur championship final.
The win saw Koh become the first New Zealander to win the title since Michael Campbell saluted in 1992.