Tuesday, August 10, 2021

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Quarter finals at Prestwick Golf Club

The quarter finals of the 2021 Ayrshire Boys' Matchplay Championship were played in fine, but increasingly windy conditions, on the evening of Tuesday the 10th of August over the links of Prestwick Golf Club. 

First match on the course was between Cameron McGarvie (Prestwick St Nicholas) and John Jack (West Kilbride). The match was close throughout but by the fourteenth hole Cameron had established a two hole advantage. By the time the match reached the eighteenth tee, John had reduced the deficit to a single hole. At the last John was left of the green from the tee and Cameron was bunkered, short right. Both players found the green in two, but leaving very long birdie putts. John putted first and his effort drifted narrowly past the left of the hole, coming to rest four feet away. Cameron's effort, with a left to right swing, also missed the left of the hole and ran five feet past. Despite the pressure, Cameron bravely holed his putt for par, and the match, with a one hole victory.

Second out was the tie between the new Ayrshire Boys Champion, and leading qualifier, Harvey Broadfoot (Troon Welbeck) and Jack Ramsay (Kilmarnock Barassie). Harvey was on top during most of the match and a second shot from him to five feet at the fourteenth set up a winning birdie three to go dormie four in the match. Jack pulled one back at the fifteenth but only delayed the ultimate outcome, Harvey winning the sixteenth for a 4 & 2 victory.

The third tie on the course was the match between Jack Allan (Ballochmyle) and Noah O'Brien (Royal Troon), who had been first reserve and was a late replacement for the injured David Blyth (Ballochmyle). Despite Noah's best efforts it was Jack who dominated the tie, running out the eventual winner by 8 & 6

The final tie to play off on Tuesday evening saw Leo Wright (Kilmarnock Barassie) up against West of Scotland Boys' Matchplay runner up Max Barclay (Ayr Belleisle). Like Cameron McGarvie, Max forged a two hole lead after fourteen, having two putted for a winning par after Leo failed to get up and down from the front left greenside bunker. Having doubled his advantage going into the final loop of four holes, max maintained the pressure which saw him win the fifteenth and sixteenth for a 4 & 2 victory.

The line up for the semi finals, scheduled to take place back at Prestwick Golf Club on the evening of Wednesday the 11th of August, is:-

JACK ALLAN (Ballochmyle)

MAX BARCLAY (Ayr Belleisle) 
CAMERON McGARVIE (Prestwick St Nicholas)

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