Local youngsters fare well in English Amateur Championship
Local youngsters Tom Forster and Robin Tiger Williams both made it through to the knockout stages of the big English Amateur Championship at The Berkshire last week.
In fact Oundle’s teenage talent Forster did very well indeed, going on to make the last 16.
After scores of 71 and 70 in strokeplay qualifying, Forster defeated Bailey Gill (Lindrick) 3&1 in round two, before getting the better of Mark Hyde (Southport & Ainsdale) on the 19th hole.
The youngster’s fourth round match also went to ex- tra holes, but hopes of a quarter-final spot were dashed by Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge), who triumphed on the second play-off hole.
Peterborough Milton’s rising star Williams, aged just 15, played some superb golf in the first qualifying round, firing a 68 which included an eagle three at the 13th.
His second round wasn’t quite so good though. After a disappointing seven at the par four 12th he finished on 75 but his birdie putt on the 18th just saw him make the cut with a level par total.
He beat Cameron Long from Burton-on-Trent 2&1 in the first knockout round before losing to David Corben from Hindhead Golf Club 4&2 at the last 32 stage.
■ Simon Purkiss and Stephen Smail earned a convincing pairs win for Peterborough Milton as they beat Farthingstone 3-2 in the semi-final of the big Northants club knockout competition for the Hollingsworth Trophy at Northants County GC.
The other two significant results came in the opening two ties as Dominic Ralfs and Martin Humphries took the first game on the 18th, before Scott O’Connor and Bob Duthie won the last hole to seal Milton’s victory.
Northampton beat Kingsthorpe 3-2 to secure their place in the final on Sunday, August 27 at Overstone Park.
Robin Tiger Williams.