Bob pipped at the post in am­a­teur cham­pi­onship

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE MAS­TER of Muir­field was at it again last week, when Oban’s very own golf­ing sen­sa­tion, Robert ‘Bob’ MacIntyre, came close to clinch­ing an­other pres­ti­gious tro­phy.

The 19-year- old, who won the Scot­tish Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship last year when it was held in Muir­field, had to set­tle for sec­ond best at the Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, which is of­ten re­ferred to as the Bri­tish Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship.

The Glen­cruit­ten golfer, along with 287 other com­peti­tors, had to bat­tle it out in qual­i­fy­ing rounds un­til the field was whit­tled down to 64.

From there the competition turned into a one ver­sus one knock­out tour­na­ment and Bob out­played five op­po­nents, be- fore be­ing pipped to the post by 21-year- old Scott Gre­gory from Corhamp­ton.

Bob said: ‘This competition is huge. If you win, you get in­vited to play in the Masters, the US Open and the Open, but for com­ing sec­ond, you just get a medal and an ‘all the best’.

‘How­ever, there’s a lot of pos­i­tives to take from it, though it’s hard when you go all the way and get so close.’

Bob is the first left-handed player in liv­ing mem­ory to make it to the fi­nal and was the third Scot­tish player in as many years to reach that stage of the competition.

Bob con­tin­ued: ‘ Go­ing in to the event I wasn’t play­ing my best golf; my goal was to make the top 64.

‘Then af­ter that it’s one ver­sus one and you just have to beat the guy who is put in front of you.

‘In the fi­nal it didn’t go my way. He got away with a lot of shots that I didn’t, but fair play to Scott.’

The 19-year- old ‘leftie’ was three holes down af­ter play­ing 15, but he fought back and closed the gap to just one hole af­ter play­ing 18. In the end the 36-hole game was won by two holes with just one to play.

How­ever, Bob will be back on the fair­ways this week com­pet­ing at a high level. He has been in­vited to play in a pro­fes­sional chal­lenge tour event in Aviemore that starts to­day (Thurs­day).

Bob MacIntyre - so near yet so far.

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