Bringolf lives up to his name
Daniel Bringolf hits out of a bunker on the 18th on his way to winning the Federal Amatuer Golf Open. Photo: Melissa Adams
Daniel Bringolf has finished his amateur golf career in style, winning his last tournament before he turns pro at the end of the year.
The Sydneysider won the Federal Amateur Open Championships, finishing 10-under par on Sunday.
It was his first victory in 18 months and his last before embarking on the start of a professional career.
His last win was in the Malaysian Amateur Open, at the A'Famosa resort near Kuala Lumpur, which he rates as his best victory so far.
''That's probably my biggest achievement, it was my first time overseas and my first big win - definitely this [win at Federal] would be up there,'' Bringolf said.
''Actually, I'm thinking about turning pro at the end of the year.
''I'm going to go to Aussie tour school and also Asian tour school, and also thinking of going to Japan tour school mid next year.
''This is going to be my last amateur event, so it's good to win my last one.''
If his name is anything to go by, he's meant to make it.
The 22-year-old recorded a one-over 73 in the fourth-and-final round on Sunday to finish three shots ahead of Royal Perth's Brady Watt, with Victorian James McMillan third one shot further back. Japan junior champion Kenta Konishi finished five-under in fourth.
Bringolf thanked his short game for getting him through a tricky final round as he struggled off the tee.
With a win guaranteed barring a disaster, those struggles were highlighted by his drive on the 18th - fading right into the rough behind a tree with no clear approach to the green.
But he recovered well. He hit his shot low, keeping it under a branch and drawing it between two trees to finish in the greenside bunker.
It was scrambling golf at its best and was good enough for a bogey and the championship.
''I chipped and putted well today, which helped a lot, because I wasn't hitting that well off the tee so it sort of saved my arse there,'' Bringolf said.
''I enjoyed the course, it's a fun course to play so I'm happy with the result.''
A highlight of the final day was a hole-in-one by Concord Golf Club's Jarrod Freeman on the par-three 16th. Ironically, Freeman was initially disappointed with his shot.
''I wasn't very happy with it … it just landed in the middle of the gap in between and kicked down and I had my head down and everyone started yelling out that it was in the hole,'' he said.
It was the seventh hole-in-one he has carded.