Scots pair Euan Walker and John Paterson saw their hopes dashed at the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship today after losing out at the semi-final stage.
Both came through quarter-final ties to set up the chance of more Scottish glory in the event, but they fell short in the last four.
On Wednesday, South Africa’s top ranked junior Jayden Schaper dispatched the Proudfoot Trophy winner, David Langley from England, and South Africa’s number three ranked Malcolm Mitchell, while Paterson and Walker were also left standing at Durban Country Club.
Schaper sent Langley packing with a 4 & 3 result. Then, in an incredible contest with Mitchell in the afternoon’s third round, the 16-year-old from Ebotse fought back from 4-down with birdies at 14 and 15 to square the match. The pair halved the first two extra holes, and Schaper won with a birdie at the 21st hole.
“David and Malcolm were two of the big names in this year’s championship and I’m humbled to have beaten them,” said the Ekurhuleni junior. His quarter-final match on Thursday was against Paterson (New Club, St Andrews), who downed Herman du Plessis 2 & 1 in the second round and beat South Africa’s number two ranked Matt Saulez 3 & 2 at his home course.
Woollam took on Gauteng North’s Keegan Mclachlan, who dispatched Aneurin Gounden 6 & 5 and then knocked out Theunie Bezuidenhout 2-up in the afternoon.
Deon Germishuys from Western Province beat Jack Gaunt from England 3 & 2 and then defeated two-time Scottish Order of Merit winner Calym Fyfe from Cawder 1-up. A Scot won the event four times between 2011 and 2016 and they had doubled their chances in this year’s edition with Paterson andWalker (pictured top) both progressing.
Walker downed Jeremy Freiburghaus from Switzerland 5 & 4 and beat Christo Lamprecht 1-up. The Kilmarock Barassie golfer squared the match with a birdie at 15 and tidied up a 1-up victory with a birdie at the final hole after the defending champion lost his tee-shot left.
“It wasn’t the way I wanted to win exactly, but that’s match play for you,” said Walker. “It was a brilliant contest and Christo was a tough opponent. It’s my first time competing in the Sanlam SA Amateur and I’m really pleased that I’ve gone so far. The course is a fantastic test.”
However, despite quarter-final wins on Thursday morning, the Scots pair went down to narrow semi-final losses.
Walker and Paterson were bidding to follow in the footsteps of former champions Michael Stewart (2011), Brian Soutar (2012), Daniel Young (2014) and Craig Ross (2016).
- Chris Woollam beat John Paterson 2&1
- Deon Germishuys beat Euan Walker at 20th hole
- John Paterson beat Jayden Schaper 1-up
- Chris Woollam beat Keegan Mclachlan at 19th hole
- Deon Germishuys beat Byron Coetzee at 20th hole
- Euan Walker beat Greg McKay 5&4