England's Jordan Sundborg eliminated top seed Bradley Moore in the fourth round of the 2015 Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale today.
England boys international Moore was the leading qualifier for the match play stage and regarded as one of the favourites but he ran into a resolute opponent in Sundborg, who moved two up after winning the first two holes and stayed in front until Moore, the Carris Trophy champion, brought it back to all square after 11 holes. A double-bogey six on the 16th for Moore proved costly, however, and his opponent, who plays out of Shanklin & Sandown, sealed a memorable 2&1 win with a birdie four on the 17th.
"Brad and I have been friends and we've known each other for a while so it was tough playing someone you know because you also want them to do well," said Sundborg. "This morning was a bit of a struggle with the rain and the wind but in the afternoon I didn't miss a green on the front nine. I drove the ball really well and it was much better.
"It would be really nice to win here and it would mean a lot to me. At this point though I'm just taking it one game at a time and focusing on the match ahead."
Spain's Borja Martin Torre led the way into the Quarter Finals with a comfortable victory over Max Schmitt from Germany. The 16-year-old, who managed a top 20 finish at the McGregor Trophy at Wallasey last month, recovered from losing the 1st hole with a bogey to win the next two holes with pars and didn't look back from there, securing a 5&4 win with a birdie two on the 14th.
Sweden's Marcus Svensson was firmly in charge of his match against Irishman Thomas Mulligan. He won the 2nd hole with a par four and three consecutive birdies from the 6th hole took him to five up. The Irish boys international was unable to recover and Svensson, who finished 11th in the individual standings in last month's European Boys' Team Championship in Finland, was able to close out a 7&5 win.
"I played really good, really solidly and hit a lot of greens," said Svensson. "Tomorrow I'm just going to play like all the other matches and try to get finished as soon as possible. If my game is still good tomorrow hopefully I can get through to the final. I would be really honoured to be the champion here."
South Africa's Keegan De Lange maintained his steady progress with a 4&3 victory over Denmark's Zacharias Agerbak. De Lange must have feared the worst when Agerbak's tee shot, with a 52 degree sand wedge, on the 140 yard par three 7th found the hole to take him to two up but he held his nerve to win the next two holes and draw level. Three consecutive birdies from the 12th turned the match decisively in the Pretoria player's favour.
Billy Spooner of Woodhall Spa fought back from four down after seven holes to win a see-saw match with Germany's Thomas Rosenmueller by one hole. Spooner's England boys international teammate Marco Penge eliminated the other German player still in contention, Raphael Geissler, by 2&1.
Lindrick's Nathan Fell didn't give Olof Gunnarsson the opportunity to take the advantage in their match before sending the Swede home on the 19th hole while Italy's Guido Migliozzi defeated Christoffer Bring, from Denmark by one hole.
In the morning matches, Sundborg holed his 50 yard approach at the 19th hole to beat Jake Benson and move into the last 16 while Moore enjoyed a 4&3 win over Denmark's John Axelsen. They were joined by fellow Englishmen Penge, who defeated Coby Cartwright 3&2, Fell, who notched up a resounding 8&7 victory over Frenchman Thibault Santigny and Spooner who edged out a one hole victory over Australia's Daniel List.
The Quarter Final matches get under way at 8:00am on Saturday and admission and parking is free for spectators at Royal Birkdale. For a full list of scores and tee times please click here.