Stubbs Leads Aussies in Asia-Pacific Golf


Stubbs Leads Aussies in Asia-Pacific Golf

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Jasper Stubbs made an impressive start at Royal Melbourne, showcasing his local knowledge in challenging conditions during the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The New Zealand amateur champion was among the leading Australians, standing second overall behind Kiwi golfer Kazuma Kobori. This tournament offers a coveted opportunity for the winner to compete in the 2024 Masters at Augusta National and the British Open at Royal Troon.

Harrison Crowe, a young Australian, clinched victory in the previous year’s championship, which propelled him to turn professional. Stubbs, however, had a strong performance in this year’s event, carding a three-under par 68, trailing Kobori by two strokes.

Despite facing showers and gusty winds, Stubbs had an exceptional front nine on the Composite course, with four birdies from the second to the seventh holes, offset by a single bogey at the par-three third.

Stubbs, a 22-year-old who hails from New Zealand, was pleased with his performance, considering the windy conditions. He was one of the 13 Australian players in the competition and had the added advantage of being familiar with the course.

Having been a member at nearby Kingswood, Stubbs was no stranger to Royal Melbourne. He mentioned that he had played there since a young age and even had the distinction of having his younger sister, Piper, as the women’s club champion at the course. Despite his familiarity with the course, he noted that it was the first time he had seen it in such firm and fast conditions.

Stubbs is among a talented field of 120 participants from 41 countries. He aims to follow in the footsteps of previous Australian winners, including Harrison Crowe, Curtis Luck (2016), and Antonio Murdaca, who triumphed at Royal Melbourne in 2014.


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