Dobbelaar putting together a brilliant US summer of events. – file photo Golf Australia
Earlier this year, Queenslander, Louis Dobbelaar, won the Australian Amateur Championship and set in motion a year that would lead him to success in some of leading amateur events in the US.
The 19-year-old was also the New Zealand Amateur Champion in 2016 at the age of just 15 and the 2020 Queensland Amateur Champion so he had already well and truly established himself prior to his trip to the US this season.
A win at the recent prestigious Dogwood International in Atlanta, where he would become just the second Australian to win that event after Andrew Buckle, set him up for his outstanding win this weekend at the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst in North Carolina.
Dobbelaar, from Brisbane, defeated local golfer, Jackson Von Paris, in the final of the event with a playoff victory at the first extra hole.
“We’ve been mates for a little while, so it was good to soak that in together,” Dobbelaar, 19, said of his morning stroll with Van Paris. “We both just looked around and said how special it was. Those situations are generally pretty tense, but playing against someone like him, we were both able to see the broader side and appreciate the opportunity to be doing this.
“This place is extremely special to me and to my family,” Dobbelaar said. “It hasn’t really sunk it in yet, but there’s nothing better than winning at a place like Pinehurst…There’s history everywhere you look.”
Dobbelaar will now play this coming week’s Monroe Invitational in New York State, continuing his trans America odyssey having now played in Pennsylvania, Georgia and now North Carolina.
Dobbelaar is currently Australia’s highest world ranked male amateur in 46th place on those rankings and this week’s win will move him considerably higher.