BURNS KEEPS THE CRAIL GOLFING SOCIETY FLAG FLYING
George Burns kept the Crail Golfing Society flag flying high with an impressive 7 & 6 demolition of Ballumble Castle’s Dan Lawrence and win through to the last-16 in the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship.
Burns played the least number of holes among the 64 players that teed-up for the first of the match-play stage of the championship after having won his Thursday morning match 6 & 5 over Bonnybridge’s Gary Wright.
It means the 22-year old Burns, and a very proud Crail member, played just 25 holes on Thursday leaving him surely fresh for Friday morning’s last-16 match against Bruntsfield’s Eric McIntosh.
“Playing at my home course has been fun, I know the course well and I had some success here earlier in the year when I played the Battle Trophy and I think both of those factors have allowed me to be confident with my lines off the tee,” he said.
“I haven’t felt too much extra pressure to be honest, I am just planning on sticking to my game and seeing what happens one round at a time.”
There was disappointment for the Graham family with dad, Stuart knocked-out from the afternoon last-16 in losing 3 & 2 to Aamar Saleem of the New Club at St. Andrews.
Stuart’s 15-year old son, Gregor won his Friday morning encounter 2 & 1 over Portlethen’s Dylan Smith but in the process Gregor injured his right wrist and was observed during the lunch break with an ice-pack on his wrist.
And while he had younger brother, Connor on the bag for the day, Gregor lost out in the afternoon 3 & 2 to Sean Marc, and despite a mini fightback in birding the 11th and 12th holes.