Elite Amateur

Four Australians remain alive at British Amateur

The talented West Australian Min Woo Lee through to Round Three (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australian hopes of a third British Amateur Championship title remain alive after four of 19 entrants survived the second round of match play at Royal St George's Golf Club in England.

Western Australian, Min Woo Lee, NSW's Harrison Endycott and Dylan Perry and Victorian, Zach Murray, all won their matches in what was essentially their first round today after an opening round had been played on Wednesday morning to reduce the field of qualifiers from 77 to 64 following the 36 holes of stroke play completed on Tuesday.

Two Australians were involved in that earlier elimination round but only Blake Windred was able to advance to the ‘Round of 64’.

David Micheluzzi bowed out of the event with an agonising 1 down defeat to Ireland’s Paul McBride who lost in the semi-finals of the event last year.

In the Round of 64, however, the number one ranked Australian on the domestic rankings, Lee, overcame Ireland’s Conor O’Rourke in his match in the afternoon, defeating the former St Andrews Links Trophy champion 3&2.

Australia’s leading player on the World Amateur Ranking, Endycott, defeated Lars Keunen of the Netherlands at the final hole of their encounter.

Murray took on Andres Gallegos of Argentina and won 2&1 while Dylan Perry beat Germany’s Michael Hirmer by a comfortable 4&3.

For Travis Smyth, Ben Ferguson and Blake Windred however, the news was not so good, after they each lost their matches and were eliminated from the championship.

In tomorrow’s third round match-ups, Lee will take on England’s Charlie Strickland, Endycott will face Norway’s Jarle Kaldestad Volden, Perry is up against Frederic Lacroix of France and Murray will tackle England’s Daniel O'Loughlin.





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