‘Winning title for a second time would better the first’
DAVID LAW today admitted that winning the Scottish Amateur Championship for a second time would better the first.
Paul Lawrie protege Law was today taking on Dunbar’s Daniel Kay in the 36-hole final at Western Gailes in Ayrshire hoping to add to the national title he won at Royal Troon two years ago.
The 20-year-old, aiming to become the first player to win multiple titles since Charlie Green almost 30 years ago, said: “To win today would be unbelievable.
“It would mean so much more to me than the first.
“At 18, I was so young that the success at Troon came easy to me after winning the Scottish Boys’ Championship at Royal Aberdeen earlier that year.
“But now I realise how precious these moments are and that they don’t come along to often.”
No5 seed Law spent 15 minutes going over a couple of drills on the driving range after admitting he was not at this best during his two-hole quarter-final victory over Neil Henderson, of Glen.
However, that practice paid off as Law marched to a 4&3 victory over James Ross, of Royal Burgess, in the semi-finals.
Law birdied two of his opening four holes to race into an early three-hole advantage before Ross hit back with wins at the next two holes.
Aberdonian Law increased his lead to four holes after birdies at the eighth, ninth and 11th and he took a stranglehold on the match with a winning par four at the 12th to go five up.
Ross rallied to win the 14th with a birdie four after a superb approach, but Law clinched his final berth with a par three at the 15th.
Ross had earlier ended the challenge of Ellon McDonald’s Adam Dunton after a 3&2 success in the quarter-finals.
Hopes of a North-east final were dashed after Banchory’s James Byrne lost to Dunbar’s Kay at the 19th hole in the other semifinal.
No2 seed Byrne was one up after 17 holes but bogeyed the last and Kay booked his place in the final with a birdie three at the first extra hole.
Last year’s Amateur Championship silver medallist Byrne said: “It was a tough match and all credit to Daniel, he played great.”
Today’s final was teeing off at 8.30am with the afternoon round starting at 1pm.
IN THE SWING: David Law will face Daniel Kay in the Scottish Amateur final today.