Max Jordan points to his 63 on the scoreboard
(England Golf/Leaderboard Photography)
SCARBOROUGH, UK (July 26, 2016) -- Spectacular low scoring marked the second day of the English Amateur Championship as Will Enefer shot eight-under 64 to lead the match play qualifiers - and Max Jordan dramatically scrambled in with a record-equalling 63.
Both were playing at Scarborough South Cliff and Enefer (Wrekin) completed the 36 hole qualifying in eight-under par, having been level at Ganton yesterday.
He was four shots clear of Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak) and Tom Dolan (Heswall), who was one of only four players to beat par at Ganton today.
Today’s 64, which included nine birdies, was Enefer’s lowest-ever score and he said: “I didn’t do anything really special, but I hit a lot of good second shots and obviously holed a lot of putts. I birdied all the par fives and drove it up close on a few of the par fours and then just chipped and putted.
“It’s nice to see your name at the top of the leaderboard, but basically it all starts tomorrow.”
He leads the 77 players who made the cut (leading 64 and ties) on six-over par and qualify for the knockout.
Today’s weather was much kinder to the competitors with less wind at both courses. But Scarborough again provided the easier scoring conditions with over 30 players beating par.
Singh Brar (Remedy Oak) was among them, adding five-under 67 to his one-over 72 at Ganton. “Most of my work was done yesterday,” he said. “It was probably the equivalent of four-under and today I just had to keep it steady. I had some good birdies and this was a good result.”
Dolan, was in a low-scoring group at Ganton, returning two-under 69 for a four-under total. He made the most of his good driving to keep the ball in play and, having won the Cheshire match play championship is looking forward to the knockout.
Max Jordan, meanwhile, claimed his place in the match play draw in dramatic style. He swept round South Cliff in record-equalling nine-under par, thanks to eight birdies, an eagle and just one, three-putt, bogey. It was 20 shots better than his opening round at Ganton and transformed his golfing fortunes, for his three-over total took him safely into the knock out.
When Jordan, (Langley Park) stood on the first tee today his attitude was simple: “I was just going to hit driver everywhere, play some really attacking golf and get as many birdies as I could. I got off to a good start and pushed on from there.”
His only regret? “I missed a 6ft putt for 10-under on the 18th!”
He wasn’t alone in taking advantage of the scoring opportunities at South Cliff. Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County) shot 81 yesterday but his 66 pulled him back to four-over. Matty Lamb (Hexham) added 66 to his opening 79 to qualify on two-over. Cameron Shaw (Chevin) had 10 birdies in his 66 to finish the 36 holes on one-over.
Among the other players who showed their mettle today was Lytham Trophy winner Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park) who added 67 at Scarborough and qualified on three-over.
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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