Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Euan McIntosh leads younger Scots into Amateur championship match-play at Balgownie

                                                                                       By COLIN FARQUHARSON

Six home-based Scots and one entered from Australia have qualified for the match-play stages of the Amateur Championship which begin over Royal Aberdeen Golf Club's Balgownie Links on Wednesday morning.
A total of 77 players with totals of  six-over-par 147 and better 36-hole aggregates from the stroke-play qualifying rounds over Balgownie and Murcar Links have won their way into the match-play draw.
Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse),  pictured, a former Scottish assistant professional champion who has gained a Scotland cap since he returned to the amateur ranks a year or two ago, is now in his late 40s but that did not stop him claiming the honour of being the leading Scot in the qualifying competition.
He shot rounds of 71 and 72 for 143 to finish joint 17th behind top seed Wilco Nienaber, an 18-year-old from Bloemfontein, South Africa, who had scores of 66 and 67 for eight-under 133, two ahead of the second seed, World No 5 Viktor Hovland (Norway), a student at Oklahoma State University.
Sam Meek, a 19-year-old Canadian, finished third in the stroke-play with a pair of 69s for 138. 
The other Scots who qualified were Rory Franssen (Inverness) 73 72 and Sandy Scott (Nairn) also 73 72 to be T26 on 145; Stuart Easton (Irvine) 73 73, former Scottish boys stroke play champion John Paterson (St Andrews New) 75 71 and Jeff Wright (Forres) 76 70 came next on the 146 mark.
Wright and Euan McIntosh play each other in the first round of the match-play.
Entered as a Scot from Royal Perth Golf Club, Australia is Robbie Morrison with scores of 74 and 73 for 147, the limit mark for beating the cut.
Scottish amateur champion Sam Locke (Stonehaven), 74 76 for 150, was one of the Scots who did not survive the stroke-play. He was in good company. World ranked No 28, teenager Rayhan Thomas from India, also missed the boat with scores of 73-77 for 150, the same total as Kilmacolm's Matthew Clark (80-70)

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