‘Win­ning ti­tle for a sec­ond time would bet­ter the first’

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FORE! -

DAVID LAW to­day ad­mit­ted that win­ning the Scot­tish Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship for a sec­ond time would bet­ter the first.

Paul Lawrie pro­tege Law was to­day tak­ing on Dun­bar’s Daniel Kay in the 36-hole fi­nal at West­ern Gailes in Ayr­shire hop­ing to add to the na­tional ti­tle he won at Royal Troon two years ago.

The 20-year-old, aim­ing to be­come the first player to win mul­ti­ple ti­tles since Char­lie Green al­most 30 years ago, said: “To win to­day would be un­be­liev­able.

“It would mean so much more to me than the first.

“At 18, I was so young that the suc­cess at Troon came easy to me af­ter win­ning the Scot­tish Boys’ Cham­pi­onship at Royal Aberdeen ear­lier that year.

“But now I re­alise how pre­cious these mo­ments are and that they don’t come along to of­ten.”

No5 seed Law spent 15 min­utes go­ing over a cou­ple of drills on the driv­ing range af­ter ad­mit­ting he was not at this best dur­ing his two-hole quar­ter-fi­nal vic­tory over Neil Hen­der­son, of Glen.

How­ever, that prac­tice paid off as Law marched to a 4&3 vic­tory over James Ross, of Royal Burgess, in the semi-fi­nals.

Law birdied two of his open­ing four holes to race into an early three-hole ad­van­tage be­fore Ross hit back with wins at the next two holes.

Aber­do­nian Law in­creased his lead to four holes af­ter birdies at the eighth, ninth and 11th and he took a stran­gle­hold on the match with a win­ning par four at the 12th to go five up.

Ross ral­lied to win the 14th with a birdie four af­ter a su­perb ap­proach, but Law clinched his fi­nal berth with a par three at the 15th.

Ross had ear­lier ended the chal­lenge of El­lon McDon­ald’s Adam Dun­ton af­ter a 3&2 suc­cess in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Hopes of a North-east fi­nal were dashed af­ter Ban­chory’s James Byrne lost to Dun­bar’s Kay at the 19th hole in the other semi­fi­nal.

No2 seed Byrne was one up af­ter 17 holes but bo­geyed the last and Kay booked his place in the fi­nal with a birdie three at the first ex­tra hole.

Last year’s Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship sil­ver medal­list Byrne said: “It was a tough match and all credit to Daniel, he played great.”

To­day’s fi­nal was tee­ing off at 8.30am with the af­ter­noon round start­ing at 1pm.

IN THE SWING: David Law will face Daniel Kay in the Scot­tish Am­a­teur fi­nal to­day.

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