SCARBOROUGH, UK (Jul 29, 2016) -- Yorkshire’s Dan Brown and Derbyshire’s George Bloor will meet tomorrow in what will be the friendly final of the men’s English Amateur Championship at Ganton Golf Club.
The two players are good friends and have been rooming together all week, while at the championship. “There was six of us to start with in the apartment but only me and George made the cut,” said Brown.
“Neither of us have been in the final before and obviously we both want to win, but it’s nice to know that one of us will come out on top.”
Brown (Masham) had his nerves thoroughly tested in his semi-final against Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park). The Yorkshireman got off to a flying start and was 7 up after nine holes – but had to go to the 18th to close out the match 2 up.
Bloor, (Cavendish) was also quick off the mark against Jamie Mist (Hayling) and was five up after 11. He went on to win 3/2 to take his place in the final.
The 20-year-old has a string of solid results behind him this season and has been targeting a good performance in this championship, aiming to better last year when he reached the quarter finals.
He achieved that today, first beating Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak) 4/2 and then carrying his good form into this afternoon semi-final. “I got off to a dream start,” said Bloor, who had an eagle two on the par four 3rd as he moved towards a lead of 5up after 11.
He lost the next two holes as Mist applied pressure with a winning par, birdie combination, but Bloor responded by driving the par four 14th to set up his own birdie and get back to 4up. Mist came back again, winning the 15th and was in the driving seat on 16 when Bloor’s approach found a greenside bunker.
But Bloor delivered when it counted: “I played probably the best bunker shot of my life, in the circumstances, to get up and down from 4ft and win the match.”
Meanwhile, Brown was locked into a match which provided plenty of tense excitement for the mainly Yorkshire spectators but, as he commented: “It was a little more stressful than I would have liked.”
He was on fantastic form over the opening holes, refusing to give Gaunt a look in as he rattled off five birdies over the front nine, reaching the turn at 7 up. But the tide turned with Gaunt’s birdie two on 10 and the Staffordshire player steadily reduced the deficit with a string of pars, as Brown visited the rough and found too many bunkers.
Brown stopped the run with a half on the 16th which kept him at two up. But Gaunt’s challenge was not over and he holed a 20-footer for birdie on the 17th to get back to one down. He tried for another birdie on 18 but ended up three-putting and conceding the hole and the match to Brown.
Afterwards Brown commented: “I was really relaxed and I kept myself calm, but obviously it got a little bit tense. But now I’m putting it behind me and looking forward to the final.”
Earlier in the day he defeated Tom Gandy (Rowany) 7/5 in their quarter final.
The other quarter final results were: Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park) beat Tom Robson (Weymouth) 5/4; Jamie Mist (Hayling) beat Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) 2/1.
Tomorrow’s 36-hole final starts at 8.30am.