Greenberry secures two hole advantage after 18 holes

Exeter’s Harrison Greenberry has a two hole lead over Patrick Kelly from Boston West after 18 holes of the 36-hole final of the 85th Boys Amateur Championship at Burnham and Berrow.

17-year-old Greenberry, watched by a sizeable following from his home county of Devon, took the lead for the first time when he won the 421-yard par-4, 2nd with a bogey and, while he was briefly pegged back when his English international opponent won the 195-yard par-3, 5th with a par, he was never behind on a bright morning when the wind was gusting up to 15 miles-per-hour.

The match started somewhat untidily but burst into life when both players birdied the 155-yard par-3, 9th. Greenberry followed that with a fine wedge to two feet for another birdie at the 395-yard par-4, 10th and he doubled his advantage two holes later when Kelly took three putts from just off the edge of the green.

The remaining six holes where all halved although towards the end Kelly, who played for the victorious English team in last week’s Boys Home internationals at Royal St David’s Golf Club in Harlech, did well to halve the treacherous 362-yard par-3,16th in par after driving into a bunker and hitting his second some 25 yards through the green.

“It is all play for this afternoon,” said Greenberry as he headed into lunch. “I think we were a bit nervous to start with but we’ve both settled down and are playing some pretty good golf.”