Jade, Louis roll on in NZ

Louis Dobbelaar
Louis Dobbelaar is hoping to follow in Cam Smith's footsteps and ultimately into the pro ranks.

Two Australians have advanced to the quarter-finals of the match play phase at the New Zealand Amateur Championship in Christchurch.

After an epic clash against No.3 seed Chantelle Cassidy, Victorian-based Queenslander Jade Shellback prevailed on the 19th hole of their Round of 16 clash this afternoon at Russley Golf Club.

And rolling on in the same ominous fashion as he did last year, Brisbane's Louis Dobbelaar steamrolled into the corresponding position in the men's tournament with a dominant 3&2 win over Mako Thompson.

Cassidy, of Waikato, had been a warm favourite among the local hopes, but couldn't shake Shellback who was elated with her tense extra-hole win.

"So happy to have won on the 19th hole to make it through to the top eight," the former Cairns resident beamed on Twitter.

Dobbelaar, who pulled off a series of tense wins last year at Royal Wellington, was as many as six up in his match, but eased up on the inward nine before prevailing.

Earlier, in yesterday's stroke play phase, six Aussies advanced to the knockout phase.

West Australian state captain Georgia Shears was the other woman to progress, but she fell 2&1 to Rose Zheng in the Round of 32.

Jordan Garner, of New South Wales, nabbed the third seed after rounds of 67-72, but he was upset in match play by Jake Lee.

Victorian Tyler Wooster fell 2&1 to Kiwi Mark Hutson, while Queenslander Steven Cox was the first of good mate Dobbelaar's victims for the day, going down 3&1 after a tight early battle.

 

 
Two Australians have advanced to the quarter-finals of the match play phase at the New Zealand Amateur Championship in Christchurch.
 
After an epic clash against No.3 seed Chantelle Cassidy, Victorian-based Queenslander Jade Shellback prevailed on the 19th hole of their Round of 16 clash this afternoon at Russley Golf Club.
 
And rolling on in the same ominous fashion as he did last year, Brisbane's Louis Dobbelaar steamrolled into the corresponding position in the men's tournament with a dominant 3&2 win over Mako Thompson.
 
Cassidy, of Waikato, had been a warm favourite among the local hopes, but couldn't shake Shellback who was elated with her tense extra-hole win.
 
"So happy to have won on the 19th hole to make it through to the top eight," the former Cairns resident beamed on Twitter.
 
Dobbelaar, who pulled off a series of tense wins last year at Royal Wellington, was as many as six up in his match, but eased up on the inward nine before prevailing.
 
Earlier, in yesterday's stroke play phase, six Aussies advanced to the knockout phase.
 
West Australian state captain Georgia Shears was the other woman to progress, but she fell 2&1 to Rose Zheng in the Round of 32.
 
Jordan Garner, of New South Wales, nabbed the third seed after rounds of 67-72, but he was upset in match play by Jake Lee.
 
Victorian Tyler Wooster fell 2&1 to Kiwi Mark Hutson, while Queenslander Steven Cox was the first of good mate Dobbelaar's victims for the day, going down 3&1 after a tight early battle.
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