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17-year old Gold Coast golfer, Elvis Smylie, continued his rapid rise in Australian amateur golf this season with victory in one of the more significant events on the Australian men’s amateur schedule, the Keperra Bowl.

Smylie won the Australian Junior Championship on the Gold Coast earlier this year before making the match play stage of the US Junior Championship in Ohio and today took out the event at the Keperra Country Golf Club in Brisbane’s northern suburbs by two shots over his fellow Queenslander, Dylan Gardner.

NSW golfers, Nathan Barbieri and Josh Armstrong, tied for 3rd another shot behind Armstrong.

Smylie had to work hard for the victory as Gardner closed fast with rounds of 67 and 65 to finish off the 72 hole event and, with an opening nine of 31 today, the margin was just one but Smylie was up to the task with a final nine of 33 of his own to hold on.

Smylie’s earlier win in the Australian Boy’s Championship earned him a start at the Australian Open so it has been a meteoric rise for the Southport and Nudgee Golf Club member.