Adrian Meronk continued his good form at The 121st Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl, recording an impressive 5&4 Quarter-Final win over Nicolas Maheut to reach this afternoon’s Semi-Finals.
The 23-year-old, who is 22nd in the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGSTM (WAGRTM), will now face Scott Gregory in the last four following the Englishman’s 5&4 success against Javier Sainz.
“It feels great, obviously I want to go as far as I can and I’m excited to get to this stage”, said Meronk after this morning’s win.
“I played the same game strategy, hitting fairways and greens. That was the key to my win. My game feels good, I’m putting really well and I’m looking forward to the next match.”
A birdie at the opening hole gave Meronk an early advantage, only for the match to immediately return to all-square after his concession at the 2nd.
However, Maheut lost the next three holes, with two bogeys and a concession, to leave Meronk in a commanding position.
The pair shared the next five holes before the East Tennessee State University student all but wrapped up the win with two consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th to move 5-up. A halve on the 14th confirmed a 5&4 victory.
Gregory’s performance was equally impressive. Despite the Corthampton player falling behind after losing the 4th hole, the match turned in his favour after Sainz recorded two bogeys and a double bogey to leave Gregory 2 up at the turn.
He increased his lead with a birdie on the par-3 11th, and the match was closed out shortly after, Sainz faltering with another bogey on the 13th, before a birdie by Gregory at the 14th sealed his place in the Semi-Finals.
“My game was in good shape, it was getting better throughout the day, which was nice”, said Gregory. “I started off a bit shaky but I got it back on track and managed to push on from there.
“I’m hitting the ball nicely and all I’ve got to do is go out and play my game. There’s nothing more I can do than that.”
Glencruitten’s Robert MacIntyre reached the last four after defeating Ivan Cantero 2&1.
The 2015 Scottish Amateur Champion led the world number five throughout the first nine holes, only to be pegged back to all-square by a Cantero birdie on the par-4 10th.
The Scot responded immediately, winning the 11th hole to restore his advantage. A bogey by the Spaniard on the 13th hole, which was followed by a MacIntyre birdie on the 14th, increased the lead to three holes.
Despite a bogey at the 15th, a 2&1 success was clinched in style with an eagle 3 at the 17th to set up a Semi-Final showdown with Paul McBride.
McBride triumphed over Ewen Ferguson, narrowly winning by two holes after the match went to the 18th. His birdie on the 17th hole was a turning point, before Ferguson failed to hole his par putt at the last.
“I am delighted, Ewen is a good player”, said McBride. “It was a good match and it never really got away from either of us. I’m really happy and relieved to be honest.”
For scoring from the Semi-Finals click here.