England Men’s Amateur – Day Four: Mum’s the word for quarter-finalist Passmore

Craig Passmore survived a day of torrential rain to claim back-to-back wins against two England internationals and book his place in the quarter finals of the English Men’s Amateur Championship.

The former England boys’ squad player started the day at Moortown Golf Club with an impressive 2&1 win victory against Arron Edwards-Hill in the round of 32.

Passmore – from Torquay – then faced an in-form Joe Harvey in the last 16 and put paid to the Gloucestershire golfer’s chances with a run of six birdies before notching an emphatic 6&4 win.

Joining Passmore in Saturday’s quarter finals are Jack Bigham, Sam Bairstow, Tom Addy, Jack Dyer, George Mason, Taylor Paul and John Gough

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Passmore is a student at Grand Canyon University in Arizona and could be excused if he struggled coming back to the Yorkshire rain.

However, thanks to some words of positivity from mum and caddie for the day Paula, the 19-year-old was able to play through the miserable conditions with a smile on his face.

After a day when the greens at Moortown held up incredibly well against the incessant deluge, Passmore said: “The hardest part is to keep everything dry.

“I seemed to do quite well. I had mum as caddie today and she doesn’t play golf but we both worked together quite nicely.

“I think the one thing I tried to do all day was stay confident – obviously the weather isn’t good, but we’re all playing in the same weather.

“I just tried to stay confident and play my game and imagine the weather isn’t as bad as it is.

“The one thing about having someone who caddies that doesn’t play golf is that mum says to me ‘just smile and enjoy yourself.’ That’s a good caddie to have.

“She can caddie again. Why not? We’ll go for it again tomorrow.”

Passmore is renowned for his ability as a bomber – but today it was his touch on the greens that made a difference in both rounds.

“I holed a fair few putts,” admitted Passmore who shot 58 round the Players Club in Bristol back in 2019.

“Putting is the one thing I’ve worked on lately and it’s nice to see the hard work paying off.”

Passmore will now face Tom Addy (pictured above) in the quarters in a tie that promises to be one to watch.

Addy continued his good run with wins against Frank Kennedy on the 20th hole and a 6&5 triumph against Sam Easterbrook.

England men’s squad player Dyer was another who was able to conquer the weather and two tough opponents on a day when a strong mind and a steady supply of towels were key to victory.

The Walker Cup player saw off Matt Ganuntlett in the round of 32 with a 3&2 victory before edging out Charlie Crockett in the last 16 with a concession on the 17th hole.

On consecutive holes, Dyer saw putts for victory horseshoe out the cup.

But he kept his focus to get the job done and admitted his experience playing for GB&I out in Florida earlier this year has given him the belief that he can cope with any pressure situation.

Dyer said: “It helps me loads. Some of the feels I had out there in some of the most pressured situations I’ve had I can use in these events.

“Coming down the stretch I can memorise shots that have done me well.”

On Saturday the quarters and semis will be played over 18 holes ahead of a 36-hole final on Sunday.

Quarter-final draw

Tom Addy v Craig Passmore

Jack Bigham v Sam Bairstow

Jack Dyer v George Mason

John Gough v Taylor Paul

 

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