Gough, Farr will go head-to-head in English Amateur final
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England internationals Conor Gough and Callum Farr will play for the English Amateur title on Sunday at Hankley Common in Surrey, England.
After coming through 36 holes of stroke play and five rounds of match play, the 16-year-old from Stoke Park and the 20-year-old from Northamptonshire County are the last two men standing and will be battling it out to lift a trophy that bears the names of such illustrious players s Nick Faldo, Paul Casey, Mark James, Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett.
Reigning Boys’ Amateur champion Gough beat Curtis Knipes, 3 and 2, in their quarterfinal and then in the afternoon was in remorseless form as he defeated 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy winner Jake Burnage, 4 and 3, in semifinals.
The highlight of the match came at the 604-yard par-5 eighth where Burnage holed out for an eagle from 50 feet only to see his younger opponent follow him in from ten. Gough was 4 under when the match ended on the 15th.
Farr played both his quarterfinal and his semifinal without dropping a single shot to par.
He beat Gough’s English Boys’ team colleague Enrique Dimayuga, 4 and 3, in the morning and then withstood a dogged challenge from Rochford Hundred’s Bradley Bawden before beating him 2 and 1. Farr played the more consistent golf from tee to green but his Essex opponent, who has just graduated from the University of Memphis, holed several clutch putts to keep him in the match before he overshot the 17th green and had to admit defeat.
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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