England’s Dan Brown fired a stunning nine-under 63 to tie for the stroke play honours at the South African Amateur Championship in Port Elizabeth.
But he was pipped into second place for the matchplay draw after losing on the fourth hole of a sudden death play-off to South Africa’s Chris Woollam, who won the Proudfoot Trophy. The two players had tied on 15-under after the 36 holes of qualifying.
Brown, the English amateur champion from Masham in Yorkshire, opened with six-under 66 and was tied fifth after the first round. Then he came out for the second round with all guns blazing. He had two eagles and two birdies in his first five holes and reached the turn in six-under 29. He had a solitary bogey on the short 14th as he came home in three-under.
But Brown had to wait to find out that his first round matchplay opponent was fellow England international Sean Towndrow – one of three companions on an England Golf tour of South Africa, alongside Josh Hilleard and James Walker.
Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire) came through an 18-man play-off for the last three places in the match play draw with a birdie on the first hole.
Other English players who safely reached the match play – without the drama of a play-off – are Mitchell Waite (Filton, Gloucestershire), James Walker (The Oaks, Yorkshire), Joe Long (Lansdown, Gloucestershire) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire).
Brown has already taken third place in the South African stroke play.
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