Sunday, November 22, 2009


Ross Kellett reaches 36-hole of Argentina championship

Motherwell's Ross Kellett will play Roman Wattel from France in today's 36-hole final of the 114th Argentina men's amateur championship at Buenos Aires Golf Club.
The Colville Park player, who came through the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying test earlier in the week as the No 4 seed, beat Germany's Philipp Westermann, the No 32 qualifier by one hole in the 18-hole semi-final on Saturday afternoon, local time. Kellett led throughout and was two under par at the finish.
In the other semi-final, Wattel, the No 38 qualifier, had to go to the 20th to beat the home hope, Armando Zarlenga (Argentina), the No 58 qualifier.
Kellett was runner-up in this year's European individual amateur championship and helped Scotland to win this year's European amateur team championship at Conwy in North Wales. Ross is one of only two Scots in the top 100 of the R&A World Amateur Rankings (James Byrne is the leading Scot and Kellett is No 65, having been No 56 the previous week.
Wattel went up from No 130 to No 104 in last week's R&A WAGR.
There are four Scots in Argentina with SGU national coach Ian Rae and the 36-hole final will be as much of a team effort as they can make it. Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck & East Tennessee State University) will caddied for Kellett in the morning round. Scottish men's and boys' title-holder David Law (Hazlehead), who lost a classic first-round tie to Stewart, will take over as caddie for the afternoon round.
Kellett celebrates his 22nd birthday on January 9.
Semi-final results (18 holes)
Ross Kellett (Scotland) (No 4 seed) bt Philipp Westermann (Germany) (32nd qualifier) 1 hole.
Romain Wattel (France) (38th qualifier) bt Armando Zarlenga (Argentina) (58th qualifier) at 20th.



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