Scott Gregory will take a narrow one-hole lead against Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre into the afternoon round of the Final of The 121st Amateur Championship today.
MacIntyre, a member of the Glencruitten club near Oban, made a nervy start to the Final, losing two of the first three holes to hand the early initiative to Gregory, the Englishman appearing more settled after a trio of solid pars.
The England ‘A’ squad member, aiming to go one better after runner-up finishes at the 2014 English Amateur Championship and this year’s Spanish Amateur, put pressure on his opponent with his first birdie on the par-3 7th, but MacIntyre kept his composure to respond in kind with a birdie of his own and halve the hole.
Gregory retained a two-hole advantage at the turn, salvaging a par on the 9th with a good up and down after finding the right hand bunker. The 21 year-old, who is based at the Corthampton Club in Hampshire, then won the 12th hole with a birdie 4 to extend his advantage further and leave MacIntyre trailing by three.
With the match in danger of running away from him, the 2015 Scottish Amateur Champion hit back to reduce the deficit, winning two consecutive holes after Gregory failed to make par on the 15th, before sinking a fantastic 30 ft birdie putt on the 16th.
The pair halved the last two holes of the round to leave Gregory 1up going into the final 18 holes of the championship.
The afternoon round of the Final gets underway at 1.00pm at Royal Porthcawl. For scoring and results click here.