Defending champion Falko Hanisch will face 2016 Junior Open winner Pedro Lencart in the Final of the 91st Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn on Sunday.
Hanisch set up the chance to become only the third player to win back-to-back championships – the first since 1930 – thanks to a 4&3 victory over England boys internationalist Robin Williams. He overcame Benjamin Jones by one hole in his earlier quarter final tie.
Hanisch, who lifted the trophy at Muirfield after an enthralling final with Spain’s Alejandro Aguilera that went to the 37th hole, was never behind in the match against Williams. A birdie at the 2nd was his first strike before moving two ahead with another at the 5th. Even a bogey 6 at the 7th did not derail his efforts and he was back to 2up at the turn.
Hanisch looked to have halved the 10th when he chipped in but the German incurred a one-stroke penalty after he lifted his ball which was resting against the flagstick but had not been holed. Hanisch followed that with a bogey to bring the match to all-square.
Hanisch regained his focus winning the next hole with a par. He then showed his steely determination with back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th. Hanisch followed that up with an eagle at the 15th to close out the match and book his spot in the final for the second year running.
Lencart is the player that stands in the way of Hanisch’s attempt to re-write the history books. The Portugese player won The R&A’s Junior Open at Kilmarnock (Barassie) in 2016 but has never made the cut at the Boys Amateur Championship before now. He disposed of George Saunders in his morning quarter final match 2&1 before coming through a tough tie with Spain’s Miguel Angel Herrero-Baeza, defeating the Spaniard by 2 Holes.
Both traded holes in a very close match until Lencart seized the initiative with a birdie at the 15th. He kept his cool to stay 1up as he approached the 18th. Herrero-Baeza conceded the win when he found a fairway bunker and required another three shots to reach the green. Lencart now has one final match to compete for the title tomorrow.
Robin Williams won the Peter Garner bowl as the under 17-year-old to go furthest in the championship.
The 36 hole Final takes place on Sunday with the first round scheduled to tee off at 8.30am. Admission and parking is free. Scoring from each championship will be available at www.randa.org/Championships. Follow The R&A on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates on social media.