Friday, August 01, 2014

SCOTTISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - Ayrshire hopes end in quarter finals

Ayrshire hopes of crowning a Scottish Amateur Champion in 2014 ended on Friday morning when the two remaining local players were defeated at Downfield, Dundee, in the quarter finals.

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) faced form man Chris Robb (Meldrum House) in the last eight, his opponent having yet to play the last three holes in the previous rounds.

McDonald got off to a great start when Robb bogeyed the first two holes to give the Ayrshire hopeful a two hole lead. a birdie four at the fourth hole for Robb reduced the deficit to one but McDonald restored his two hole advantage with a birdie at the par three sixth hole.

Robb again reduced the lead to one hole with a birdie four at the seventh and when McDonald bogeyed the ninth hole, the players turned for home all square.

Robb took the lead for the first time with a birdie four at the thirteenth hole and despite finishing with two birdies and two pars over the closing four holes of the match, McDonald lost three of these holes with Robb finishing eagle - par - birdie - birdie for a 3 & 1 victory.

The other Ayrshire player in the last eight, Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie), faced Barry Hume (Haggs Castle), who won the title the last time the championship was played at Downfield in 2001.

Walker went two behind after two, having opened with two bogeys, but hit back to reduce the deficit to one hole with a birdie two at the third. Further bogeys at the fifth, eighth and ninth saw the Kilmarnock (Barassie) player turn for home four behind.

The deficit increased to five holes when Walker lost the tenth to a birdie three and despite having two birdies and two pars over the next four holes, Walker could not reduce Hume's lead. A birdie four at the long fourteenth hole saw Hume close out the match with a 6 & 4 victory.

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