Saturday, June 23, 2018

Irishman Robin Dawson loses 3 and 2 in 36 Hole Amateur Final at Balgownie

South Africa Jovan Rebula follows in title-winning footsteps of Bobby Cole (1966)

Jovan Rebula is the first South African to win the Amateur championship since Bobby Cole beat Ronnie Shade in the 1966 final at Carnoustie.
Rebula, 20, nephew of Major title winner Ernie Els, beat Ireland's Robin Dawson from Tramore 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final which latterly was a match between two tired young men.
It showed in the scoring. There was only one birdie from the 19th to the end.
Both men were playing their sixth match-play tie in four days, having played 36 holes stroke-play before that.
Rebula was roughly four over par for the 34 holes of the final, having had to play a lot better earlier in the tournament to survive.
The South African, one up after the first 18, got to five up after 27 holes but a bogey at the 31st and a double bogey at the 33rd extended the match to the 34th where Dawson, three down, ran out of holes to continue his fightback.

FINAL FIGURES First hole halved. in par.
Second hole halved in par.
Third hole halved in birdies
Fourth hole halved in par
Fifth hole halved in birdie 3s
Sixth hole won by Rebula with birdie 4. Rebula 1 up
Seventh hole won by by Rebula with par. Rebula 2 up.
Eighth hole won by Rebula with par. Rebula 3 up
Ninth hole won by Dawson with birdie 3. Rebula 2 up.
10th hole halved in par.
11th hole halved in par
12th hole Rebula won with birdie 4. Rebula 3 up.
13th hole Rebula conceded hole. Rebula 2 up
14th hole Dawson  won with par. Rebula 1 up.
15th hole halved in par.
16th hole Rebula won with par. Rebula 2 up
17th hole Dawson won with a birdie 2. Rebula 1 up
18th hole halved in par

END OF FIRST ROUND Both players roughly one over par

19th hole. Halved in par.
20th hole. Halved in par.
21st hole: Dawson bogey. Rebula 2 up.
22nd hole; Dawson bogey. Rebula 3 up
23rd hole: Dawson conceded hole. Rebula 4 up
24th hole: Rebula conceded hole. Rebula 3 up.
25th hole: Halved in par.
26th hole: Dawson bogey. Rebula 4 up.
27th hole: Rebula birdie 3. Rebula 5 up.
28th hole: Halved in par.
29th hole: Halved in par.
30th hole: Halved in par.
31st hole: Dawson won with a bogey. Rebula 4 up.
32nd hole: Halved in bogeys.
33rd hole: Double bogey by Rebula. Rebula 3 up
34th hole. Halved in pars. Rebula wins 3 and 2.

Rebula has beaten:

Billy McKenzie (Rowlands Castle) 2 and 1.

Malcolm Mitchell (S Africa) 1 hole

Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall) 1 hole.

Tom Sloman (Taunton and Pickeridge) 2 and 1.

Mitch Waite (Filton) 6 and 4.

Dawson has beaten:

David Ravetto (France) 4 and 2.

Victor Pastor (Spain) 2 holes.

Elis Svard (Sweden) 6 and 5.

John Murphy (Ireland) 2 and 1.

Conor Purcell (Ireland) 3 and 2.



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