Thursday, November 19, 2009

Michael Stewart (above) and David Law (right)

Michael Stewart versus David Law in first round

of Argentina championship as all four Scots qualify

Scots David Law and Michael Stewart will play each other in the first round of the match-play stages of the 114th Argentina men's open amateur championship for the Kenneth R Gordon Davis Cup at Buenos Aires Golf Club.
Stewart, the 2008 Scottish boys' match-play champion from the Troon Welbeck club and a

second-year student at East Tennessee State University, was the 11th of the 64 qualifiers after two rounds of stroke-play.
Stewart had rounds of 69 and 74 for 143 while Aberdeen Hazlehead member David Law, winner of both the Scottish amateur men's and Scottish boys' match-play titles this year, was the 54th qualifier. Law had rounds of 75 and 76 for 151.
Under the automatic draw No 11 plays No 54.
Colville Park's Ross Kellett was the highest Scottish qualifier in joint third place with a pair of 69s for an impressive six-under-par total of 138, two shots behind Benedict Staben (Germany) and Julian Lerda (Argentina), the top two seeds.
Kellett will play the 61st qualifier, Valentino Dall'arche (Argentina) Guilliaume Cambis.
James Byrne (Banchory), a student at Arizona State University, completes the four Scots in the match-play line-up. He qualified in 20th place with scores of 70 and 74 for 144, the same level par total as England's Eddie Pepperell (Drayton Park).
Byrne plays Argentina's Martin Celsi who qualified in 48th place.

Pepperell, the 19th qualifier, plays Mariano Malmierca (Argentina), who qualified in 46th position with rounds of 78 and 72.
Scottish open amateur stroke-play champion Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall) was the 40th qualifier with scores of 72 and 76 for 148. He plays Peter Spearman Burn (New Zealand), the 25th qualifier with rounds of 73 and 72 for 145.
All ties are over 18 holes up to the final which will be over 36 holes.


Buenos Aires Golf Club, Argentina

Par 144 (2x72)

136 Benedict Staben (Germany) 67 69, Julian Lerda (Argentina) 65 71.

138 Ignacio Elvira (Spain) 69 69, Ross Kellett (Scotland) 69 69 (4th seed).

Selected qualifiers

143 Michael Stewart (Scotland) 69 74 (11th seed)

144 Eddie Pepperell (England) 72 72 (17th seed), James Byrne (Scotland) 70 74 (20th seed).
148 Tommy Fleetwood (England) 72 76 (40th seed).
151 David Law (Scotland) 75 76 (54th seed).
+64th qualifier had a total of 153.



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