Gullane, Scotland, 12 August 2016: Alejandro Aguilera eliminated defending champion Marcus Svensson to reach the quarter finals of The 90th Boys Amateur Championship at Muirfield today.
The 16-year-old, the youngest player left in the field, led for the majority of the match, winning the 4th hole with a birdie two, before Svensson conceded on the 7th to extend the lead to two holes.
The pair traded holes between the 8th and 10th, but two successive bogeys by Aguilera on the 15th and 16th left the match all square. However, the Spanish youngster kept his composure on the final hole, producing a fine up and down from the left hand bunker to seal the match with a par.
As a result, Aguilera will win the Peter Garner Bowl for the player under 17 years of age who has progressed furthest in the Championship.
England’s Danny Daniels is also through to tomorrow’s quarter finals after a 3&1 win over compatriot Arrun Singh Brar. In blustery, wet conditions on Scotland’s east coast, the Essendon member took control of the contest from the 7th and led throughout before securing the result on the 17th hole following a bogey six from his opponent.
Lucas Becht found himself four holes in front after the 10th hole against Ruben Petterson, and never looked back as the Belgian closed out the match against the Dane on the 16th.
Also through to the quarter finals are David Nyfjall, Matias Honkala, Falko Hanisch, Adrien Pendaries and Charlie Thornton, who won on the second extra hole against Timo Vahlenkamp.
During the morning third round matches, leading qualifier Kristoffer Reitan was beaten by England’s Daniel O’Loughlin on the final hole to exit the Championship, while Ireland’s Thomas Mulligan, who had beaten the much fancied Rayhan John Thomas in the previous round, lost 3&1 to Daniels.
The quarter finals get underway tomorrow from 8am at Muirfield. Admission and parking is free. For the match play draw and scoring please visit championships.randa.org
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First played in 1921 at Royal Ascot, the Boys Amateur is being played for the 90th time in 2016. Originally introduced as a competition for the under-16 age group, the age limit was changed to under-18 in 1923. Since 1952, the Peter Garner Bowl has been presented to the best performing 16-year-old.
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