Spain’s Jorge Siyuan Hao came out on top in the stroke play qualifying at the 95th Boys’ Amateur Championship at Monifieth and Panmure.
Making his debut appearance in the Boys’ Amateur, Hao carded a two-under-par 69 at Monifieth to finish on four-under-par and secure his place in the match play stage at Carnoustie.
“I’m pretty comfortable with my long game and very happy with my putting as I’ve had good pace,” said 16-year-old Hao. “I didn’t get much in trouble and I think that is the key for links courses, along with the pace of putts.
“It’s my first time in the Boys’ Amateur and it’s pretty hard conditions with the wind and the fast fairways. I’ve never really played anywhere like this. I’m excited for Carnoustie now in the match play.”
Hao was one shot clear of Marco Florioli (18) from Italy and Swede Wilhelm Ryding (18) who posted three-under-par 68 and four-under-par 67 respectively.
Florioli said, “I played really well with my driver and long irons. I hit 16 greens and putted well too. I’m happy with the result. It was tougher at Panmure and a bit easier today. I knew I had to play well today and I enjoyed it. I just relaxed.”
Ryding was also delighted to progress. “It was windy but I learned a lot from yesterday,” he said. “A lot of shots spun too much as I wasn’t used to links golf. Today I did softer swings and put more top spin on the ball. It was fun out there.
“It’s the first time I’ve played in the Boys’ Amateur and being on links golf as well. It’s totally different to what I’m used to in Sweden. I know Carnoustie is hard so I look forward to it.”