Thursday, August 27, 2020

THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ruben Lindsay leads the qualifiers at Royal Birkdale

Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) led the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the 2020 Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, with the two round strokeplay qualifying being reduced to just one round following the abandonment of play on Tuesday 25th August.

In Wednesday's strokeplay qualifying round, Lindsay had four birdies and an eagle with just two bogeys in a four under par round of  67 to lead the qualifiers for the matchplay, where he was joined by six other Scots including fellow Ayrshireman Stuart Easton (Irvine) who returned a two over par score of 73 to qualify in tied 18th place.

The other Scots who qualified for the matchplay stages were James Wilson (Balmore), Connor Wilson (Castle Park), Lewis Irvine (Kirkhill), Darren Howie (Peebles) and Andrew Davidson (Charlton)

With the cut falling at 76, five over par, ten Scots failed to qualify for the matchplay stages, including Jack Broun (Turnberry) who missed out by three shots with a seven over par score of 78.

Four first round matchplay ties to be completed on Thursday morning, and Ruben Lindsay must wait to find out his second round opponent, who he is due to play at 12.27 on Thuersday afternoon.

Stuart Easton tees off at 09.04 in his second round match against Englishman Joe Harvey (The Kendleshire).

The matchplay rounds continue over the next four days, with the 36 hole final scheduled to take place on Sunday 30th August. 

In the Woman's Amateur Championship, also being played this week at the West Lancashire Golf Club, the opening days play in the strokeplay qualifying on Tuesday was also abandoned and the strokeplay qualifying reduced to a single round on Wednesday.

The seven Scots who qualified for the matchplay stages, with the cut falling at 78, six over par, included Ayrshire's Hazel McGarvie (Royal Troon) who was the second best of the Scottish qualifiers with a one over par round of 73 in which four bogeys were offset by three birdies during the round.

The other Scots qualifiers were Clara Young (North Berwick), Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe), Jasmine Mackintosh (Murcar Links), Lorna McClymont (Milngavie), Chloe Goadby (St Regulus) and Penelope Brown (Auchterarder).

In the first round of the matchplay on Thursday morning, Hazel McGarvie tees off at 0746 against England's Thalia Kirby (Stoke Park).

The matchplay rounds continue over the next three days with the 18 hole final scheduled to be completed on the afternoon of Saturday 29th August.

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