Thursday, June 22, 2017

MacIntyre, Howie and Lumsden in last

32 at The Amateur Championship

Last year’s Amateur Championship finalist and the highest-ranked player in the field, Robert MacIntyre booked his place in the third round after coming through two matches in the baking heat at Royal St George's Golf Club, Sandwich in Kent.
The left-handed Scotland international from Oban dispatched China’s Zheng Kai Bai 3 and 1 in the morning and defeated Australia’s Ben Ferguson 3 and 2 in the afternoon to reach the last 32.
MacIntyre, who was defeated 2 and 1 by Scott Gregory in the 2016 final at Royal Porthcawl, will be looking to go one better this year and get his hands on the historic trophy on Saturday evening.
Fellow Scots Craig Howie and Ryan Lumsden are also through.
Howie (Peebles) plays Kristoffer Ventura (Norway) this morning (Thursday)
MacIntyre commented after completing his second match, ““I’m delighted. I played solid golf the first round and then the second round there was no mistake so I’m happy to get through.
“The standard has been ridiculous this year. All the amateur events I have played in have been low scoring and I thought I was missing the cut when I came in yesterday. Everything is playing towards the Walker cup so a good week here and I’ll be there.”
Lytham Trophy winner Jack Singh Brar made a flying start in his match with Ireland’s Sean Flanagan, going four up through the first six holes. The Irishman gained two holes back at the turn but Singh Brar held his nerve to see out the match and record a 2 and 1 victory.
This is the England international’s first foray into the match play stage at The Amateur Championship and he now faces Swiss golfer Perry Cohen for a place in the last 16.
“I played quite nice and had a quick start. I was 4 up through 6. That always helps!” said Singh Brar.
“I had a few loose shots around 9 and 10 and went back to three but then I just got it done.”
In a good day for the host nation, Singh Brar’s fellow countrymen Charlie Strickland, Daniel O’Loughlin, Jordan Sundborg, Harry Ellis, Tom Sloman, George Baylis, and David Langley all progressed to the third round.
Baylis (Mill Ride) plays Robert MacIntyre this morning (Thursday).
R and A Foundation Scholars Tournament Champion Stuart Grehan (Tullamore) defeated Dutch golfer Peter Melching to set up a third-round tie with Scotland international Ryan Lumsden (Royal Wimbledon).
Ireland’s Paul McBride joins him in the last 32 after his victory over Swede Oliver Gillberg.
Of the Australian contingent, Min Woo Lee, Zach Murray, Dylan Perry and Harrison Endycott are still in with a chance of becoming the first Australian to win the championship since Bryden Macpherson in 2011 at Hillside.
The third round gets underway today at Royal St George’s at 7.30am.
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