Louis Anceaux from France was on form to reach the quarter-finals of the R&A Boys’ Amateur Championship at Carnoustie.
For the first time, the match play stages of the Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur are being played simultaneously at one venue over the renowned Angus links.
With the rounds of 32 and 16 played in the Boys’ Amateur today, Anceaux was among those to impress as he defeated highly-ranked Spaniard Jamie Montojo Fernandez 5&3.
The 17-year-old Frenchman got off to the ideal start, winning the first three holes, and didn’t let his opponent, who is ranked 150th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, find a way back into the match.
“I was three up after three holes so it was a very good start,” said Anceaux. “I tried to keep my advantage as much as possible and I finished my game on the 15th. I hit a lot of greens so I was never in bad situations. I also made a lot of two putts to make a lot of pars. With these conditions and this course I could win some holes.
“It will be a great day tomorrow. I hope I can do the same thing as today. The course is incredible. Just to know that every great golfer has played on this golf course is awesome. I’m really enjoying playing here.”
Tougher weather day
On a cooler and windier day at last year’s AIG Women’s Open venue, conditions were tougher but there was still some excellent golf.
Spain’s Jorge Siyuan Hao maintained his impressive form to secure his last-eight place against Anceaux, but England’s Jack Lee made him work hard for the win, taking the match down the last before missing the decisive par putt to keep the match alive.
Hao said, “I feel that I made a few mistakes on the last holes, maybe strategy mistakes, but I think the key was to be patient and to keep my concentration level.
“It’s always very tough to finish off a match but it’s something you have to do. I guess every match is going to be like that. There is a very high level here so I have just got to try to do my best.
“I think I’m pretty comfortable with my long game. This afternoon I felt great with my putter so I’m just going to try to keep it up. It’s a very long championship so I’m just going to head up to the hotel and a have a good rest and wait for tomorrow’s matches.”