Amateur Championship report

Zane Scotland takes a couple of big scalps on his way to the quarter finals in a mixed week in Liverpool and Wallasey

By John Ekblom on Fri, 9 Jun 2000 - 05:06

Monday was the first qualifying round in the Amateur Championship played at Royal Liverpool and Wallasey.

This year a total of 288 golfers have entered with a handicap of scratch or better.

Such is the status of the Amateur Championship that 179 players come from overseas with a large contingent from the USA but Spain and Australia are also well represented.

Both courses have had the sting taken out of them by the rain making the greens more receptive than usual and the lack of wind which links courses are renowned for.

The tone for the day was set at Wallasey when David Clark from Richmond, playing in the first match finished his round with a bogey five on the eighteenth yet still set a new course record 67 beating the previous 68 which has stood for many years.

But the record did not stand for long thanks to a pair of 66's from Michael Thannhauser from Germany and Andrew Webster from Australia. Webster's card was spoilt by a bogey on the fifteenth hole but certainly one to watch.

Day two started badly with a thunderstorm stopping play for an hour and a half when only three matches had teed off. However the rain stopped to be followed by a brisk wind which reflected in the high scores.

Wallasey was described as "A Diamond amongst the dunes" in a leading golf magazine. The diamond showed its cutting edge in the wind. On the previous day players were hitting six and seven irons into the second, a 460 yard par four.

The round of the day was from Stuart Wilson from Forfar with a 70. This was on a day that did not count for handicap as the scores were so high.

Andrew Webster and Stuart Wilson now meet in the quarter-finals, with the form they are showing could one of be the new amateur champion.

The name of Ballesteros will not be engraved on the historical trophy as Seve’s nephew, Raul, went down 3&2 to 22-year-old Scotsman Graham Fox.

And Zane Scotland proved that qualifying as the youngest player in The Open Championship last year at Carnoustie was no fluke as he went about his business efficiently, taking two big scalps on his way to the quarter finals.

Scotland went to the 20th hole to knock out Jonathan Lupton in the third round. And with no time to even squeeze in a bite to eat, he faced a battle with the 1997 British Amateur champion Craig Watson.

Watson became Scotland's next victim when down the stretch. Scotland had a two hole advantage standing on the 17th. But the former champ pulled a hole back and played the 18th in fine style, leaving himself a 12-foot birdie putt as Scotland was 30 feet away. But Scotland, (an Englishman) coolly rolled home his putt and Watson was out.

Australian sensation and winner of the ANZ Tour Victoria Open, Bradley Lamb, went out in the third round to David Ryles from West Hill GC in Surrey. Lamb started his day with a wild tee shot that ended up in the practice ground and his day never recovered as Ryles strolled in to give the Lamb a "dog license"! 7&6! (the old price of a dog license funnily enough. 7 shillings and six pence!)

Hence Zane Scotland becomes the red hot favourite to pick up the most coveted prize in Amateur Golf, all he has to do is last until Saturday!

David Ryles def. Brad Lamb (Australia), 7 & 6
John Morgan def. Paul McKechnie, 5 & 4
Stephen East def. Rick Woulfe (USA), 3 & 2
David Patrick def. Colin Edwards, 2 & 1
Michael Hoey def. James Donaldson, 7 & 6
Christian Reimbold (Germany) def. David Griffiths, 1-up
Guido van der Valk (Netherlands) def. Kyron Sullivan, 5 & 4
Gareth Davies def. Darren Henley, 2 & 1
Bruno-Teva Lecuona (France) def. Tino Schuster (Germany), 19 holes
Stuart Wilson def. Ewan Forbes, 19 holes
Graham Fox def. Raul Ballesteros (Spain), 3 & 2
Andrew Webster def. Stefan Boschmans (Belgium), 1-up
Mikko Ilonen (Finland) def. Martin Maritz (South Africa), 4 & 3
Benjamin Schlichting (Germany) def. Nigel Edwards, 1-up
Zane Scotland def. Jonathan Lupton, 20 holes
Craig Watson def. Emilien Chamaulte (France), 3 & 2

David Ryles def. John Morgan, 19 holes
David Patrick def. Stephen East, 1-up
Christian Reimbold (Germany) def. Michael Hoey, 19 holes
Guido van der Valk (Netherlands) def. Gareth Davies, 19 holes
Stuart Wilson def. Bruno-Teva Lecuona, 2 & 1
Andrew Webster (Australia) def. Graham Fox, 4 & 2
Mikko Ilonen (Finland) def. Benjamin Schlichting (Germany), 4 & 3
Zane Scotland def. Craig Watson, 1-up

David Ryles vs. David Patrick
Christian Reimbold (Germany) vs. Guido van der Valk (Netherlands)
Stuart Wilson vs. Andrew Webster (Australia)
Mikko Ilonen (Finland) vs. Zane Scotland