Fitzpatrick takes commanding lead in Boys Amateur Championship Final

BoysEngland’s Matthew Fitzpatrick holds a commanding nine hole lead over Welshman Henry James after the first 18 holes of the 36-hole final at the 86th Boys Amateur Championship at Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club.

The 17-year-old English boys international from Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield was an approximate six under par as he turned the screw on the luckless 18-year-old Welsh boys champion from Kidderminster.

Fitzpatrick went one ahead when James failed to get up-and-down from short of the green on the 462-yard par-4 2nd and he birdied both the 3rd and the 4th before the Welshman went four down when 3-putted the 189 yard-par 3 5th.

The next two holes were halved in pars but James lost lost further ground when he missed the green on the 8th and Fitzpatrick then went six in front when he fired a glorious 7-iron to about 8-feet from the pin for a winning birdie on the 178-yard par-3 9th.

Fitzpatrick was out in two under par 34 and he promptly gained another hole with a conceded birdie on the 414-yard par-4 10th before the players halved the 474-yard par-4 12th in bogeys. That was the only shot the Englishman dropped over the opening 18 holes.

Thereafter he went a further two holes ahead with birdies on 14th and 17th and he also halved the 16th with a birdie after Jones had driven the green on this 309-yard par-4.

The morning round finished when Fitzpatrick found the centre of the green in two on the 460-yard 18th hole and two-putted for a regulation par-4. James missed the green to the right but then chipped on and holed a tantalising 4-foot putt for a par to stay nine holes behind.

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