Alejandro Aguilera and Falko Hanisch are all-square after the first 18 holes in the closely fought Final of The 90th Boys Amateur Championship at Muirfield this morning.
During fair conditions on Scotland’s East Coast, the Spaniard stormed into a three hole lead following the front nine after Hanisch bogeyed on the 6th and 9th holes, either side of a concession on the 7th.
The 16-year-old German, who is a member of the Stolper Heide Club in Berlin, won two holes in a row from the 10th to reduce the deficit to one, only to bogey the par 4 12th to give Aguilera a two hole advantage.
A beautiful iron shot off the tee by Hanisch into the green on the par 3 13th enabled him to pull one hole back after Aguilera found trouble in the bunker, and he returned the match to all-square after winning the 14th following a bogey from the Spanish youngster.
However, the 16-year-old from Madrid put his nose in front again after a double bogey from Hanisch on the 15th.
Both players were unable to take advantage of opportunities to win the 17th after missing putts from around 4ft, the pair having to settle for a halve as nerves began to take hold in the closing stages of the first round.The opening round, which was played in good time, concluded with Aguilera three-putting on the 18th hole after finding trouble in the right-hand greenside bunker, and subsequently conceded the hole to Hanisch to put the pair back on level terms going into the second round.
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