Ryan Lumsden of Northwestern University (photo courtesy of NU Sports)
PRESTWICK, Scotland (August 3, 2017) -- Anglo-Scot Ryan Lumsden produced the finish all golfers dream of to reach the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship quarterfinals – winning his match with his first-ever hole in one.
Kirkhill’s Craig Ross was on the receiving end at Prestwick as Lumsden, who plays out of Royal Wimbledon and represented Scotland in the recent European Amateur Team Championship, holed out in stunning style with an ace at the second extra hole, the short 2nd, to reach the final eight.
The pair were a combined 10-under-par for their 20 holes as Lumsden set up a quarterfinal tie with Irvine’s Stuart Easton.
“It was an incredible match all day long, both playing some great golf,” said Lumsden, 20, who earlier beat Aussie-based Scot Robbie Morrison in the last-32. “We got to the 20th, I knew the number of yards having played it twice already today, and one hop and it went in the back edge.
“It was an incredible feeling and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I can’t wait until tomorrow now after two good wins today and I’m excited to try and go further.”
Meantime, Kilmacolm’s Matt Clark has a sixth sense as he chases glory in one of Scottish Golf’s leading national events.
The 35-year-old progressed to the quarter-finals on a windy yet bright day in Ayrshire, seeing off the challenges of Steven Stewart (Clydebank & District) and Neil Beattie from St Andrews.
Clark juggles his busy banking role and family life with a strong domestic golf game, one that has seen him represent Scotland in the last five Men’s Home Internationals matches.
With two places up for grabs this week to complete the Scots team bound for Moortown later this month, Clark is chasing a dream six-in-row appearances if he can maintain his form over the renowned links, the first host to The Open Championship in 1860.
Ahead of facing Elderslie’s Alasdair McDougall in the last eight, Clark said: “I’ve never been to the quarter-finals so it’s new ground tomorrow. I’m pleased with how I’m playing so hopefully I can keep it going. I don’t hit it as long as these young boys do these days, so I have to be on my game.
“Trying to play in the Home Internationals is the reason I tee up in all the events I do, to try and qualify for that team and anything bigger and better. I was disappointed not to be in the initial selection but hopefully I can do enough this week to get in again.”
Nairn’s Sandy Scott, 19, recovered from two down after three holes of his last-16 tie with Will Porter (Carnoustie) to reach the quarter-finals, having earlier come through a closely-fought match with top-ranked player Craig Howie. The Peebles player three-putted the last to ultimately end his hopes.
Scott now faces Banchory’s Sam Locke, while the bottom match sees George Burns from Williamwood take on Christopher Maclean, after the Balmore player held his nerve at the last to edge out the second-best strokeplay qualifier, Cawder’s Calum Fyfe.
Quarter-final draw: Scott (Nairn) v Locke (Banchory); Clark (Kilmacolm) v McDougall (Elderslie); Easton (Irvine) v Lumsden (Royal Wimbledon); Burns (Williamwood) v Maclean (Balmore).
ABOUT THE Scottish Amateur
The Scottish Amateur Championship began in
1922 and has witnessed many famous victors,
including legendary amateurs Ronnnie Shade
and Charlie Green as well as some of the stars
of the modern game, Colin Montgomerie and
Entry to the Championship is open to any male
golfer who was either born in Scotland, has
Scottish parentage, permanent residency in
Scotland for not less than 5 years and has not
played international golf or competed in a
closed Championship for any other country
other than Scotland. The starting field shall be
256 and, in the event of an over-entry, the
number shall be reduced in order of exact
handicap. Each match shall consist of one
round of 18 holes except the final which will be
played over 36 holes.
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