Boy international Harry Goddard led 19 English players into the matchplay stages of the 90th Boys’ Amateur Championship at Muirfield and Renaissance Club in Scotland.
Goddard (Hanbury Manor) shot a superb 65 at Renaissance Club to move up the leaderboard and finish on four-under-par in a tie for second place with Markus Braadlie of Norway. They were one shot behind Kristoffer Reitan of Norway.
Goddard, who was part of the winning England team at the Boys’ Home Internationals at Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links) last week, carded six birdies and an eagle at the par five 16th to become the leading qualifier from Great Britain and Ireland.
He said afterwards: “My ambitions for this week were to get two solid rounds and make the cut but obviously I’ll take this, being the best British player after two rounds.
“I went out there with a game plan to hit the greens in the best place possible because the greens are quite undulating. Luckily my iron play was in good condition and I was able to make some good putts.”
Defending champion Marcus Svensson produced a steady round of 70 at Muirfield to settle for a three-under-par total of 139 and is tied for fourth place with India’s Rayhan John Thomas, who found the going tough today in posting a three-over-par round of 74 at Muirfield.
Edgar Catherine was the top performer at Muirfield with a five-under-par round of 66 which took him back to level par and ensured his qualification for the match play stage.
The cut for the top 64 players and ties fell at six-over-par and among those to miss out on the match play stage include Michael Lawrie, son of the 1999 Champion Golfer of the Year Paul, and Junior Open Champion Pedro Lencart Silva.
The match play stage gets underway tomorrow at Muirfield. For the match play draw and scoring please visit championships.randa.org
Meanwhile, girl international Bel Wardle (Prestbury) led eight English qualifiers at the British girls’ championship at Royal St David’s Golf Club, Wales. She was two under-par for the strokeplay rounds with scores of 71 73 and qualified for the match play in eighth place. She plays Ireland’s Niamh McSherry in tomorrow’s first round.