Rupert Kellock will relish facing England colleague Stephen Jensen tomorrow as he bids to add the English Senior Men’s Amateur crown to the stroke play title he already holds.
Kellock (main image) fought his way through two rounds of match play on another blustery day at The Leicestershire Golf Club to book his place in the last four.
The Sunningdale golfer’s 5&4 morning triumph over Alan Wright was followed by a tighter match against Hessle’s Andy Woodhead – the former Royal Green Jacket earning a 2&1 win with a par on the 17th.
The second semi-final will feature a contest between Andrew Smith from Royal Ashdown Forest and Orsett’s Paul King, both of whom appear to be hitting peak form at just the right time.
First off at 8am on Friday is the match between Kellock and Jensen (pictured below) and it should provide a great spectacle – both men are proven winners, both are great pals and neither is willing to give an inch on the course!
Kellock said: “I do know him well – he was my foursomes partner and he’s an extremely good golfer.
“He’s a fantastic ball striker and it should be a good battle. I’m looking forward to it.
“There will always be a bit of banter and it would be sad if that was lost. Everyone takes it seriously but we can also have a conversation.”
For Kellock there is an extra incentive to play well on the final day of this inaugural event.
Having retained the English Senior Men’s Amateur Stroke Play title last year with his win at Blackmoor and Army golf clubs, he now has the chance to clean up in terms of English senior silverware.
The opportunity isn’t lost on the quick-witted Kellock.
“We have the builders in at the moment so we’re creating another cabinet just in case!”
“It would be great – and it’s fantastic we now have a match play event because most people have played match play all their life in county golf in one form or another.
“We were the only country in the home nations that didn’t have a match play format so I think it’s a good idea and it would be great to win both of them.”
The second semi-final is also shaping up to be quite a contest.
Having come through his round of 16 match against Stuart Brown by a margin of 4&3, Smith (pictured above) put any thoughts of fatigue to one side and saw off the afternoon threat of Stephen East who had dashed the hopes of Todd Sothcott in the morning session.
Lying in wait for Smith is King who has quietly and efficiently moved his way through the championship.
The Essex golfer (pictured below) was too strong for Chris Audin in the round of 16 and came from behind to beat Guy Hindle from Warrington in the quarters.
The second of the semi-finals will tee off at 8.15 am with the final scheduled to start at 12.45pm.
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