Friday, August 18, 2017

Connor Syme reaches quarter-finals in California

Drumoig’s Connor Syme has reached the quarter-finals of the US Amateur Championship at Riviera Country Club, California.
Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten) saw his hopes end in the last 32, defeated 3 and 1 by Dawson Armstrong.
Syme continued his progress with a 4 and 3 triumph over Ricky Castillo.
Syme, who took the scalp of world-ranked No 2 Maverick McNealy in the round of the last 64, then stormed into the last eight after a tight battle with Norwegian Kristoffer Ventura. It was all square playing the last, before the Scot – the 2016 Australian Amateur champion and a two-time European Amateur Team winner with Scotland  – produced a brilliant chip in to move into the quarter-finals.
Syme, who qualified for the Open at Royal Birkdale earlier this summer, now faces American Doug Ghim today (California time) for a place in the semi-finals. Ghim is ranked seventh in the world, with Syme 13th.
Both Scots came through 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying to reach the top-64 knockout at one of the world’s biggest amateur events, from a starting field of 312.
In 2006, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay became the first British golfer in almost a century to win the US Amateur.

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