Burnage, Knipes among big names left in English Am quarters
Jake Burnage (England Golf photo)
While the top American players grind through the endurance test that is the Western Amateur in Michigan, many of the top GB&I prospects are locked in a head-to-head battle of their own at the English Amateur. After two days of stroke play, the quarterfinals are set.
Jake Burnage remains on course to claim his second major title of the season after beating William Shackleton, 5 and 4, to reach the quarters at Hankley Common.
Burnage, who won the St. Andrews Links Trophy earlier in the year, will now play Jack Floydd for a place in Saturday afternoon’s semifinal. Floydd beat Lewis Hinton by a stunning 8-and-6 margin in their fourth-round match.
Conor Gough’s bid to add to last year’s British Boys’ title also continues after he beat this year’s Lytham Trophy winner Josh McMahon, 5 and 4, in their fourth-round match. The 16-year-old will now come up against the in-form Curtis Knipes in the next round. Knipes, who played in The Open at Royal Portrush, claimed a 2-and-1 victory over experienced international Tom Sloman from.
Gough is not the only member of next week’s England Boys’ Home International team left in the draw because Walton Heath teenager, Enrique Dimayuga, defeated Daniel Bradbury, 2 and 1, in their fourth-round match and will now play Callum Farr, who ran out a 3-and-2 winner over Jason Stokes.
The last quarterfinal will feature Bradley Bawden against Joe Harvey.
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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