Amateur Team Canada

Conners advances to Australian Amateur quarters

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Corey Conners (Butch Dill/ Getty Images)

ROSEBERY, New South Wales, Australia — Team Canada’s Corey Conners has continued his red-hot play as of late, advancing to the quarterfinal match Friday at the Australian Amateur.

Conners, 23, took down defending champion Tae Koh of New Zealand, coming back from an early deficit to grind out a 2-up victory on the 18th.

The Listowel, Ont., native is set to square-off against Australia’s Kevin Yuan in tomorrow’s match. The winner will play in the semi-final round, commencing later that afternoon.

Conners, the No. 11 ranked amateur in the world, is coming off an impressive victory last week at the Lake Macquarie Championship—just a two-hour drive from this week’s action at The Australian Golf Club.

On the women’s side, Team Canada’s Jaclyn Lee fell in the round of 16 by losing in a playoff amidst some drama against Australian native Liz Elmassian.

With a 1-up advantage and a short putt for par on the final hole, Elmassian mistakenly conceded Lee’s third shot from the bunker—giving her a birdie three.

Lee, a Calgary native, had no choice but to play on. In the end, Lee ran into trouble on the par-3 11th, conceding the match to Elmassian. The 17-year-old was the lone remaining member of Team Canada’s Development Squad left in the field.

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