FOUR NATIONS REPRESENTED IN QUARTER-FINALS OF BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The R&A

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FOUR NATIONS REPRESENTED IN QUARTER-FINALS OF BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

12 August 2011, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset: English International, Oliver Carr, produced some of his best golf of the week to defeat luckless Spaniard, Pablo Matesanz, and move into the quarter- finals of the Boys Amateur Championship, staged at Burnham & Berrow in Somerset.  Two rounds of match play were played today, reducing the field from 32 to just 8. 

Carr, from Heswall, who claimed five and a half points out of six during his country’s victory at last week’s Boys Home Internationals in Harlech, struggled with his long game while defeating third round opponent, Stefan Still from Germany, at the 21st but he bounced back to form with five birdies to defeat 16-year-old Matesanz by 4&2. The Englishman will now face compatriot, Harrison Greenberry, from Exeter, for a place in the semi-finals after the 17-year-old Devon County player holed a brave six-foot putt to end the hopes of Bedfordshire County Under-18 champion, Matt Hill.

Carr started his match against Matesanz by winning his first two holes with birdies but the key to the result might well have been the two fine up-and-downs he made for halves on the 10th and 11th. They helped him to retain the initiative and he went on to seal his victory with birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th holes.

“That’s probably the best golf I have played all week,” said the delighted Carr. “I struggled this morning but I went to the range at lunchtime and something just seemed to click.

”I’m tired now but I can’t wait to get started in the morning.”