Callum Bruce (Scottish Golf photo)
PERTH, Scotland (Aug. 1, 2018) –Callum Bruce finished as the top qualifier at the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday after carding a second-round 66 on Blairgowrie’s Rosemount Course to finish with an impressive total of 7-under par.
Sandy Scott returned the lowest round of the day on the Lansdowne Course, a 5-under 67, to go into Thursday’s match-play stages as the No. 2 seed after finishing at 6 under.
Jamie Stewart produced a blemish-free 65 in the second round to finish qualifying with a share of the third spot. Euan McIntosh and Michael Brodie are also at 5 under with Stewart.
“I played well over the two days, the main difference between today and yesterday was that I finished my round stronger, with three birdies instead of bogeys,” top seed Bruce said. “The Rosemount is going to be a great course for the match-play stages. A lot of holes could be tied with birdies, however if you hit if off-line you could be staring at a bogey. It’s going to be an exciting few days of golf.”
Overnight leader Eric McIntosh, who tied the Rosemount Course record in Round 1 with 8-under 66, carded a 4-over 76 Wednesday but is safely through to the match-play stages after finishing in a share of sixth place.
“Yesterday I took advantage of the par 5s, played solid and holed some good putts,” McIntosh said. “Today was a bit more of a struggle. I hit the ball well but wasn’t so good on the greens.
“When you come into the week the first goal is to get into the match-play draw, so that is done and in match play anything can happen. All you can do is take one match at a time, enjoy it and see what happens.”
McIntosh laughed at his differing fortunes over the first two days.
“For sure, after my two rounds, it is definitely good news for me that the match-play stages are on the Rosemount Course,” he said.
The match-play cut fell at 2 over, with Scott Macpherson and Dan Lawrence agonizingly missing out on reaching the 64-man match-play stage on a count-back.
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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