Marsh outlasts Gregory to capture English Amateur
-story courtesy of England Golf

LINCOLNSHIRE, England (August 2, 2014) — Nick Marsh is the English champion. He resisted Scott Gregory’s battling qualities to take the title 2&1 on a blustery afternoon at Saunton.

The 19 year old from Yorkshire was, for many, the favourite to lift the English Amateur Championship, supported by abacus, and he was never behind for the 35 holes played. But he was made to battle it out in front of a large and appreciative crowd before landing the biggest prize in English amateur golf.

The end came on the short 17th when, with Marsh needing just a half, Gregory conceded after his chip from left of the green hit the cup, while Marsh left his birdie putt close.

“Wow, what a match,” said Marsh (Image © Leaderboard Photography). “It was a ping-pong tussle with both of us winning holes at different times but to get this title is unbelievable.

“It means everything to me. I’ve been knocking on the door for some time. I’ve come close twice, in the Scottish and Portuguese and to get over the line at last is amazing.

“At the 17th I hit the best three-iron I’ve hit all week. When Scott hit his tee shot left of the green it opened the door for me but I still had to get the job done.

“I could have rolled in a couple more putts which might have got the job over sooner. At 12 and 14 this afternoon I didn’t get up-and-down but it came right in the end.”

Gregory, just a month younger than Marsh, began the week well down the amateur ranking. But he has put himself on the national golfing map with what he has achieved and seems set for greater things.

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Results For English Amateur Golf Championship
WinEnglandNicholas MarshEngland700
Runner-upEnglandScott GregoryEngland500
SemifinalsEnglandJack CardyEngland400
SemifinalsEnglandOscar Granstrom-LiveseyEngland400
QuarterfinalsEnglandSean BlinkhornEngland300

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ABOUT THE English Amateur

The English Amateur was played in its inaugural year of 1925 at Hoylake when local golfer T Froes Ellison captured the title. He successfully defended the following year at Walton Heath, a feat achieved by only six others: Frank Pennink, Alan Thirlwell, Michael Bonallack, Harry Ashby, Mark Foster, and Paul Casey. Sir Nick Faldo is the most famous to have won the event as the six-time major champion won the 1975 tournament at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

The tournament consists of two stroke play rounds, after which the top 64 players will advance to the match play rounds, culminating in a 36-hole final between two finalists.

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