Rain halts English Amateur during first round
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LEEDS, England — Rain stopped play during the opening round of the English Amateur Championship at Alwoodley Golf Club and Pannal Golf Club, leaving more than 100 players yet to have completed their first round of stroke play qualifying.
The event, set for 36 holes of stroke play before moving on to match play, will be cut in half to 18, with 32 players advancing to the brackets after 112 players finish their rounds on Tuesday in Leeds.
Of the 177 players to have finished before play was halted on Monday, 20-year-old Josh Hilleard leads a seven-under par 65.
“We were very, very lucky, it was just starting to rain as we finished,” Hilleard told England Golf.
Alfie Plant and Jake Storey are in at 66, with Rob Burlison right behind them at 67. In total, 35 players are at even-par or better.
The majority of low scores came from Pannal, as only three players posted under-par rounds at Alwoodley. James Willis' three-under 68 was the lowest score of the day at Alwoodley, which will host the match play portion of the event.
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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