British Amateur: South Africa’s Broomhead is qualifying medalist
It was the same mark as England’s Barclay Brown, but Broomhead secured first place among the 288 international players thanks to countdown cards using the last six holes on both courses.
Broomhead, who has posted two top-30 finishes on the amateur circuit in Great Britain and Ireland in recent weeks, chipped in for an eagle at 17 to highlight his day as he led the top 64 and tied in with the match stages from tomorrow.
The South African commented: “This is my first time performing in The Amateur. It’s absolutely lovely. Walked in yesterday with no expectations and just went to play some golf and see what I could do.
“We’ve been here for four or five weeks, so we kind of got used to the conditions. I’m very happy with the way I’ve been playing the last two days and I can’t wait to continue.” in match play. »
Brown, the Stanford University student who finished the college season with two straight second-place finishes, kept up his form by signing for an under-65 seven at St Annes Old Links today.
He said: “Monday was a chore. I didn’t play very well, but I had a lot of ups and downs. It was a bit easier to come here today and luckily I played well.
“These are obviously great venues and great courses. Lytham are amazing and I’m looking forward to match play.”
Another Walker Cup player Mark Power also shone with a 65 at St Annes Old Links, finishing six under to secure third place in qualifying. After losing in the semi-finals of The Amateur in 2020, the Irishman is determined to succeed this year and seal a place at the 150th Open at St Andrews next month.
The Irishman said: “For us guys on this side of the pond, this is the one we all want. It’s a matter of not putting too much pressure on myself. I know I’ve been in this situation before where I could race and I felt pretty confident for this week.
“When you see people like Joe Long and Laird Shepherd going through the last two years, you watch those guys on TV playing in the Masters and the Open, that’s where we all want to be.”
Welshman Archie Davies was another to find his form at St Annes Old Links, signing for a 68 and five under par. He was joined on this mark by his compatriot Luke Harries, Nathan Legendre of France and Sweden’s Hugo Townsend.
Davies commented: “I got really hot in the middle of the round, from nine to 13. I contributed from the long, thick short straight nine that sparked a birdie charge. It was good to have some momentum because it wasn’t really great until that.”
This year’s Lytham Trophy winner John Gough is also safely in match play after finishing at three under.
Last year’s runner-up in Nairn, Monty Scowsill also fought bravely for a qualifying spot. After being seven over the 14th tee at Royal Lytham & St Annes on Monday, he responded by posting an even score for his 36 holes. After giving up an eight-hole lead after 17 holes to lose at 38 to Laird Shepherd 12 months ago, the Englishman is set for another offer.
He said: “Match play is definitely one of my strengths so to make this cut and I know I can beat anyone on my day. I’m going to take that mindset into the one I play tomorrow.
“Thinking of the bigger picture, it would be fantastic to be able to get some redemption from last year.” American pair Christian Banke, helped by another 65 at St Annes Old Links, and Sam Murphy also advanced.
HOW TO WATCH
The R&A will broadcast the quarter-finals and semi-finals live on Friday June 17 and the 36-hole final on Saturday June 18. This can be viewed on the R&A’s website randa.org as well as on its YouTube channel.
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ABOUT British amateur
This championship, along with the US Amateur Golf Championship, is considered the most important in amateur golf.
The first stage of the Championship involves 288 players who each play two rounds of 18 holes, one to play on each of the two courses. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and the ties for 64th place will face each other in the match play phase of the championship. Each match will consist of an 18-hole round except the Final which will be played over 36 holes.
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