Bob pipped at the post in amateur championship
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.