Lo­cal young­sters fare well in English Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

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.

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