Carr impressive as 32 become 16 at the Boys Amateur Championship
Oliver Carr's rich run of form continued when he defeated the impressive German, Stefan Still, on the 21st hole of an engrossing third round match at the Boys Amateur Championship at Burnham and Berrow.
The 18-year-old Englishman was undefeated in six matches in his country's victory at last week's Boys Home Internationals at Royal St David's, Harlech, and he will get a chance to extend that sequence when he plays against Spain's Pablo Matesanz in this afternoon's fourth round match.
Carr was hardly at his best against the 18-year-old Charl Schwartzel lookalike from Munich but his putting was sublime and in the end that proved to be the difference between the two competitors.
The Englishman started strongly enough by winning the 376-yard par-4 with a birdie three but he was hauled back to all square when he dropped a shot after missing the green on the 395-yard par four 10th.
The next two holes were swapped but Carr then hit a glorious long iron into 3-feet to win the treacherous 192-yard par-3 14th before losing the next two when he drove into the bushes at the 15th and then lost the 16th to a birdie three.
At that stage, the German had missed just one green in regulation but he handed the 18th to Carr after missing the fairway and was to regret that lapse three holes later when the Englishman birdied the third for the second time in the match to seal a memorable win.
"I'm just glad it's over," said the Englishman. "I struggled with my long game all morning but my putting was great and that's what kept me going.
"Last week was a tough week for all of us," he added. "I just hope it's not catching up with me now."
Carr will play Spaniard, Matesanz, who ended the challenge of 16-year-old Frenchman, Romain Langasque, when he won on the 17th and it also turned out to be a poor morning for Langasque's compatriot, Kenny Subregis, the leading qualifier after the stroke play stage, who, for the second round in-a-row, was taking to extra time before losing out on the 20th to Englishman, Jordan Wrisdale, from Boston Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
Despite Still's defeat at the hands of Carr, it turned out to be another good morning for the strong German contingent. Jeremy Paul thrashed Carr's English international colleague, Callum Shinkwin by 6&4 and will now play Wrisdale for a place in the last eight. Last year's losing finalist, Maximilian Rottluff also progressed, beating 15-year-old Italian, Domenico Geminiani by 4&3 to set up an intriguing fourth round match against compatriot, Steffen Harm, but Nicholas Inderthal lost by
3&2 to English international, Matthew Fitzpatrick, who will now play Poland's Adrian Meronk, and Maximilian Mehles lost by 4&2 to Richard Broadhurst from Italy, who goes up against sole Irish survivor, John-Ross Galbraith (Whitehead), who ended the challenge of England's Max Orrin (North Foreland) on the first extra hole.
The battle between two English international colleagues, Patrick Kelly (Boston West) and Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) proved to be a predictably close affair with Kelly winning on the 19th hole to set up a fourth round ties against compatriot, Samuel Edwards (Bigbury), the victor by 5&4 against Grant Forrest, the last Scot in the Championship.
Three other Englishmen also made in into the last 16. Harrison Greenberry (Exeter) defeated Denmark's Peter Baek by 3&2 and will now play compatriot Matt Hill (Leighton Buzzard), who overcame William Whiteoak (Bingley St Ives) by 1 hole.
In the last match on the course, 17 year-old Callum Mackay (Burhill) defeated Denmark's Emil Soegaard by 2&1 and will now play 18 year-old Thomas Detry from Belgium.
The afternoon matches are now underway. Click here for live scores.