It was a monumental effort by Alasdair McDougall on Saturday in the semi final of the 86th Boys Amateur Championship at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell). Alasdair had shown an enormous amount of character earlier in the morning when he defeated Matthias Schwab (Austria) on the 23rd hole of an engrossing quarter final contest. However, Alasdair could not repeat that feat and finally lost to Englands Matt Fitzpatrick on the 17th hole.
The match was a nervous affair with both players mixing some fine shots with uncharacteristic errors. Fitzpatrick took an early two hole lead after winning the 1st and the 2nd but then lost the 547-yard par-5 3rd when he carved his second shot deep into the rough to the right of the green.
Fitzpatrick regained a two hole cushion when he holed a 10-footer for a birdie on the 454-yard par-4 4th and was one further ahead by the time he reached the 12th tee before Alasdair mounted a late fight-back by winning both the 474-yard 12th and the 241-yard downhill par-3 13th.
Congratulation goes to Matt Fitpatrick who went on to win the competition 10&8 over 36 holes against Henry James of Wales.
Elderslie Golf Club is obviously very proud of Alasdair’s achievement and we hope to be seeing further success from the youngster in the near future.
Well done Alasdair!
Acknowledgement: Match Report and Pic courtesy of http://www.randa.org