Zach Murray has come within millimetres of posting the sport's 'magic' number.
The 22-year-old, who already boasts two professional tournament wins, fired a stunning round of 10-under par 60 at Commercial Golf Resort Albury on Saturday.
Fifty-nine is considered a milestone score for 18 holes, the game's equivalent of the once-famed four-minute mile in athletics.
"I had a chip for eagle on the 18th and it kept rolling down the hill," he said.
"You wouldn't have been able to fit another ball between mine and the hole, it was half a pinkie width from the hole, right in the centre."
Murray holds the official course record of 61, shot in February, 2017.
However he can't claim the record mark as he wasn't playing off the championship tees, although a number of the holes were at their maximum length.
Murray was three-under after six holes when he first thought of firing 59.
"I said (to a playing partner) I really wanted to shoot 59 around here, I steadied off for a bit and then eagled 13 to go eight under," he said.
"I lipped out at 14 for birdie, made an up and down at 15 and then birdied 16.
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"I knew I had to birdie the last three and then lipped out on 17 to try to go to the last on 10 under with one to play."
His three on the 17th meant Murray had to eagle the last hole to shoot 59 as he finished with eight birdies and that eagle.
"I wouldn't say it's the best I've played, under the pressure in New Zealand is probably the best I've played, but it's my best score," he said.
That course record at Albury was his previous best, while he's also had a number of eight-under par scores, including the first round in the New Zealand Open, which he won last month.
Murray had a scintillating 25 putts, yet he still didn't win the A grade stableford, despite posting 40 points from his plus-six handicap.
He will look to maintain that red-hot form when he returns to the pro circuit at the China Open next month.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Wodonga Golf Club member Harris Lee had 56 stableford points on the weekend.
Lee, also a talented cricketer with Wodonga and a former Murray United junior, has a handicap of 34 and was a runaway winner of the C-grade competition.
His round included six four-pointers.
Lee had the last laugh with his father, Jason, managing an honest 25 points playing alongside him.
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