British Amateur: Aussies Look to Match Pro Success
There will be a strong international challenge to the home countries players on the second day of match play in the Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes as the surviving 32 include entrants from the USA, Norway, Germany, Australia, France and Spain.
Australia has four players through to the third round after Rohan Blizard beat Niall Turner (Muskerry) 3 and 2 and was joined in the last 32 by fellow countrymen Rick Kulacz, Andrew Dodt and Tim Stewart.
Walker Cup player Lloyd Saltman headed for the practice ground to work on his driving after a tight match against Canadian Jason Wellings which the Scot won by 3 and 2 despite hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds to the right of the 15th.
"The driver's been letting me down a little bit," he admitted. He won the first hole and went three ahead after birdies at the eighth and ninth. He got away with a poor drive at the 10th where Wellings hit an even worse tee shot and eventually conceded the hole.
Tomorrow Saltman plays Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka, a 5 and 4 winner over Michael Bush (Rochester & Cobham Park). "I've played him before in Morocco," said Saltman, "and I know I will have to play well to beat him."
England elite squad member Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland), only recently replaced at the top of The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking after many weeks as number one, beat Paul Waring (Bromborough) by 2 and 1. "It was a bit scrappy," said Moul. "My short game saved me. I pitched and putted very well."
Simon Ward (County Louth), losing finalist in last year's Irish Amateur Close Championship, beat Jack Senior (Heysham) by 3 and 1 and Gordon Yates (Hilton Park), an R&A bursary student at thre University of Stirling who played in the recent Palmer Cup against the USA, was a 3 and 2 winner over Benjamin Sigl of Germany.
Rhys Enoch (Truro), a member of the GB&I team in the Jacques Leglise Trophy match against Europe last year, had a comfortable 5 and 4 victory over Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin).
ABOUT THE British Amateur
The first stage of the Championship involves
288 players each of whom plays two rounds of
18 holes, one to be played on each of the two
courses. The 64 lowest scores over the 36
holes and ties for 64th place will compete in
the match play stage of the Championship.
Each match will consist of one round of 18
holes except the Final which will be over 36
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