Patel 20th at Australian Amateur Masters
Jan. 14, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Bhavik Patel continues to set a high bar. After his final round at the Australian Master of the Amateurs golf tournament, he finished tied for 20th place in the world's most prestigious amateur event.
Patel showed improvement each round after opening with a 76. He followed that with consecutive rounds of 72 and finished with his best round of 2-under par 70. He finished with a total of 290, 14 shots back of the winner.
A two-time All-WAC players, Patel has a U.S. Amateur semifinal finish on his resume. Last season he posted one of the lowest scoring averages in Bulldog history. Only current PGA Tour star Nick Watney has posted lower season scoring averages than Patel.
Now in its 14th successful year, the Australian Master of the Amateurs 72-hole Championship is considered by many of the Worlds' leading professional and amateur golfers to be the finest Amateur Golf Championship in the world the benchmark by which all other amateur events are now being judged.
Amateurs from around the world will go stroke for stroke against each other in the 2011 Australian Master of the Amateurs 72-hole stroke amateur golf championship, to be held at the Internationally recognized Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Melbourne's legendary sandbelt.
Patel is one of four Americans in the tournament field that includes players from 13 different countries. Texas A&M's Jordan Russell (71-70-75-73--289) was the only U.S. player higher on the leader board. Patel entered the tournament ranked No. 49 among amateurs in the world rankings and likely will go up after this performance.
England's Tarquin MacManus (74-67-70-65--276) won the event.
Patel and the Bulldogs open the spring season at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Arizona on January 31 at the Tucson National Club.
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