Connor is the Wizard of Oz after title victory

Connor Syme. Picture by Golf Austrialia.
Connor Syme. Picture by Golf Austrialia.

Connor Syme proved to be the ‘Wizard of Oz’ after becoming the third Scot in the last 13 years to be crowned Australian Men’s Amateur champion.

The 20-year-old, who plays out of Drumoig Golf Centre, lifted his biggest title in the game after a hard-fought 3&2 success against Aussie Travis Smyth in the 36-hole final in Melbourne.

He was one of three Scots who reached the last-16 at Metropolitan GC and took early charge of the contest after three birdies in the opening six holes and battled hard to emulate the feats of countrymen Jack Doherty (2003) and Eric Ramsay (2005) .

The Scot, a European Amateur Team winner in 2015 and a semi-finalist at The Amateur Championship in 2014, found the sunny and breezy conditions to his liking in Australia as he emerged victorious from a starting field of 234 leading amateur players.

The prestigious Australian Amateur title has a history dating back to 1894 and has also been won in the past by the Aussie professional trio of Scott Arnold, Matthew Goggin and Brett Rumford.

Thanks to his victory the local golfer has also secured a spot in the Emirates Australian Open in November.

“It’s not quite sunk in yet for sure, it’s absolutely amazing,” said Syme, a former two-time Scottish Schools champion.

“It’s been a long week and I’m absolutely delighted.

“I’m following in good footsteps among the past champions.”

Syme is coached by father and pro, Stuart.