Am­a­teur hopes dashed for MacIn­tyre

The Oban Times - - Sport -

SCOT­TISH hopes in the 2017 Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship ended last Thurs­day when Oban golfer Robert MacIn­tyre, the los­ing fi­nal­ist last year, was beaten by Swede Fredrik Niel­hen in a bril­liant fin­ish at Royal St Ge­orge’s Golf Club in Kent.

The 122nd Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship, one of the big­gest am­a­teur events in the world, saw 288 play­ers com­pet­ing in a mixed stroke­play and match­play for­mat over six days.

The left-han­der from Glen­cruit­ten, the high­est ranked player in the field, booked his place in the third round last Wed­nes­day af­ter dis­patch­ing China’s Zheng Kai Bai 3&1 in the morn­ing and de­feated Aus­tralia’s Ben Fer­gu­son 3&2 in the af­ter­noon.

MacIn­tyre, who was de­feated 2&1 by Scott Gre­gory in the 2016 fi­nal at Royal Porth­cawl, hoped to go one bet­ter this year and get his hands on the his­toric tro­phy last Satur­day evening, but the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional’s dreams were dashed when he lost on the fi­nal green to Niel­hen.

Robert MacIn­tyre.

Craig Howie, the former Scot­tish Boys’ cham­pion, was the first Scot to fall in the morn­ing at the 20th hole of a tight tus­sle with Nor­we­gian Kristof­fer Ven­tura, while An­glo- Scot, Ryan Lums­den went down by two holes against Nor­way’s Jarle Volden.

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