The R&A

For Immediate Publication


13 August 2011, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset: Exeter’s Harrison Greenberry will be hoping that history repeats itself when he tees up against Lincolnshire’s Patrick Kelly in the final of the 85th Boys Amateur Championship at Burnham & Berrow tomorrow.

A victory would mean that 17-year-old Greenberry would emulate fellow Devonian, Mark Grieve, who won the title the last time the Boys Amateur Championship was played at this fine Somerset links in 1982.

It would also provide a memorable present for Greenberry’s elder sister, Lucinda, who celebrates her 20th birthday tomorrow and is planning to come to watch the action unfold.

The diminutive Greenberry can look forward to a lot of support from friends and family members after a fine day’s golf in which he defeated Oliver Carr by 4&2 in the quarter-finals and then proved just too strong for Germany’s Jeremy Paul in the afternoon.

The German was the first to make a move when he went one up with a birdie three on the 421-yard par-4 second but he was hauled back to level when he dropped a shot at the par-3 fifth and then quickly fell two behind when he bogeyed the sixth and his English opponent birdied the 528-yard par-5 eighth.

Greenberry has played controlled golf for much of the week and he proceeded to card five pars over the next six holes before conceding the 16th after missing the green in two. That cut his lead to two but he went on to win it in dramatic fashion at the 179-yard par-3 17th where he followed his opponent into the hole for a decisive birdie two.

“I can’t quite believe this is happening,” said the Devon County player as he accepted the applause of the large gallery at the end of his match. “When I came here at the start of the week my goal was to make the cut but now I have got a lot bigger things on my mind.

“It’s incredible to think I have made it to the final. I just hope I can play as well as I did today.”

Greenberry will have an exceedingly difficult match against English Boy international, Kelly, who had to play 23 holes in the morning before beating Ireland’s John-Ross Galbraith but displayed no hint of fatigue in the afternoon as he ended the challenge of the Belgian men’s match play champion, Thomas Detry, on the 15th green.

Kelly came into the Championship as a member of the victorious England side at last week’s Boy’s Home Internationals at Royal St David’s, and he has used that momentum to good effect with a series of sterling performances. He produced a morale-boosting victory over his friend and