Australia is buzzing about the trio of fearless amateurs, which includes Curtis Luck, Brett Coletta or Harrison Endycott ready to take the course at the Australian Open. The hype around Australia’s amateur ranks has built rapidly this year, with world No.2 amateur Luck winning the US amateur, the Asia-Pacific amateur and WA Open; Coletta winning the Queensland Open and Endycott winning four large amateur competitions.
Australia, with Luck, Endycott and recently-turned-pro Cameron Davis in the team, also won the Eisenhower Trophy for world amateur teams competition.
These amateurs have beaten professionals and have earned the praise of the best golfers from around the world. They are set to repeat history on the course of the Australian Open and one of them might be the first amateur to win the Australian Open since Aaron Baddeley in 1999. Baddeley was only a teenager when he beat Greg Norman on the same course and he believes the new lot amateurs and rookies are set to repeat history. Baddeley was the first amateur to win the Aussie Open since 1939.
“It’s just really playing the golf that they know they can play. That’s really all it comes down to,” said Aaron Baddeley. And how true it is. He himself talks about playing only the golf that he knows back in the day, and that is what allowed him to make history.
When asked if Baddeley’s victory seventeen years ago at Royal Sydney gave them hope they can do the same at Rose Bay, Luck said: “It is something that favors the amateurs a little bit: we all seem to be a little fearless, you could say. We can go not-so defensive at times, and this course from what I have played, may suit that.”
While the young amateurs are keen to introduce themselves to the wider world this week, Baddeley is hoping a return to happy hunting grounds at Royal Sydney can continue his revival.