Stuart Wilson claims British Amateur title

BY | European Amateur Tour | 2004 British Amateur Championship | Wrap | 06 Jun 2004
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Stuart Wilson, the Scottish Walker Cup player from Forfar, won the Amateur Championship at St Andrews this afternoon by a 4 and 3 margin over Lee Corfield of Burnham and Berrow, a member of England’s elite squad.

“This is as good as it gets,” said Wilson at the end. “Playing in the Walker Cup was a great highlight, but that’s a team game. I felt this might be my year, playing on a course I know so well.”

Wilson had gone to lunch three up, but Corfield had clawed one back by the time they reached the seventh tee. Outdriven by 70 yards, Wilson used the old matchplay adage and got his revenge in first, hitting a cross-wind approach 20 feet behind the hole. Corfield’s reply with a wedge was six feet further away and when he putted past and missed the return he was three down again.

At the short eighth Wilson hit a perfectly flighted 8-iron to six feet. Corfield was pin-high 30 feet left and he was on line with a putt that pulled up inches short. Wilson’s birdie putt slipped into the left side of the hole. He maintained his four-up lead with a half in four at the ninth and then holed a 15-footer for another birdie at the 10th.

Corfield’s position was getting desperate – five down with eight to play. The into-wind 11th was halved and then Wilson made the strange decision to hit his driver at the short par-four 12th and pulled if left on the wind into a thicket of whin bushes. Corfield drove the green, as he had done in the morning, and was not required to putt, Wilson conceding after an attempted chip-in off his second tee shot raced past the hole.

At the 13th it was Wilson’s turn to putt first after both had hit fine approaches from tee shots that were only a yard apart. He missed from 28 feet and Corfield’s putt from slightly inside that distance slid off line at the last second and hung on the lip. He was still four down and holes were running out.

The long 14th produced his best and worst shots of the day. Off a booming drive, with Wilson short of the par-five green in two, he hooked the ball on the westerly wind to the far side of the double green, fully 60 yards left of the pin, with a bunker between his ball and the hole. Unable to putt, he floated the ball high and almost pitched into the hole, the ball spinning back three-and-a-half feet.

Wilson putted up over the sharp slope at the front of the green and caught the downslope just behind the hole, running 10 feet past. His return was again strong and he holed out for a five. This was Corfield’s chance, but he hit the putt too firmly and it spun out. A half at the 15th was all that Wilson then needed for victory.

West Australian Michael Sim finished the best of the Australians by reaching round three of the Matchplay section before being defeated by Gareth Maybin 2 & 1

Source – RANDA

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