Farr’s great fight comes up just short

England’s Callum Farr put up a tremendous fight in the final of the Spanish Men’s Amateur Championship before eventually losing on the 35th hole at Las Colinas, Alicante.

Farr, who was hoping to keep the trophy in English hands after Billy McKenzie’s 2018 victory, went down 2/1 to Koen Kouwenaar from The Netherlands.

It was a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old England A Squad player who had a nightmare start to the final.

The first hole was halved, but then Farr (Northamptonshire County) lost the next five in a row. He managed to get a couple back, but Kouwenaar won 17 and 18 to go in to lunch five ahead.

Farr dropped another hole behind on the 21st but won the 23rd and 26th to get back to four down. The next six holes were halved before he could claw back more of the deficit, winning the 33rd and 34th, to trail by two with two to play. However his comeback finished on the 35th.

Earlier in the championship Farr had the distinction of knocking out the last Spanish player in the event, defeating Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart 2/1 in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, another A Squad player, Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall), reached the quarter-finals. England Men’s Squad players Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County) and Bailey Gill (Lindrick) made the final 16, losing respectively on the 20th and 18th.

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