U.K. amateur report: England, Scotland, Wales
The Scottish Amateur Championship final at Gullane Number 1 Golf Course turned into an East Tennessee State University alumni match. The ETSU match-up was part of a busy week of amateur golf in the British Isles, with the crowning of the Scottish, English and Welsh champions on July 31.
The 36-hole final pitted former ETSU students Michael Stewart and Jordan Findlay against each other. Stewart, the No. 3 seed, took the title over the unseeded Findlay, 3 and 2.
Stewart spent two years at ETSU before quitting this year to concentrate on playing full-time amateur golf at home in Troon, Scotland.
“It’s a great feeling to have won,” Stewart said. “Jordan didn’t give me any holes out there. I had to win them. I tried to put it to the back of my mind that we’re great friends and just played the best I could.”
Tommy Fleetwood and Alastair Jones became the kings of England and Wales, respectively, when they won their national amateur championships.
Fleetwood signed off his amateur career with a 1-up victory over Warren Harmston in the English Amateur Championship at Little Aston Golf Club. The victory took a huge monkey off the 19-year-old’s back. Fleetwood had lost in three national finals heading into the championship match – the British Amateur, Spanish Amateur and New South Wales Amateur Championships.
“I was due a win in a national event,” Fleetwood said. “All I was thinking all the way around, I didn’t want to end my amateur career on a low.”
Fleetwood will try to gain his European Tour card through playing the European Challenge Tour for the remainder of the season. He has already excelled on Europe’s junior circuit. He finished second in the English Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club two weeks ago. Fleetwood lost by a shot to Australian Daniel Gaunt.
Fleetwood will make his professional debut in the Czech Open from Aug. 19-22.
Jones was a surprise winner of the Welsh Amateur at Tenby Golf Club. He entered the championship as the No. 7 seed, but was expected to lose to top-seeded Oliver Farr when the pair met in the final. However, the plus-1.9 player from Radyr Golf Club on the outskirts of Cardiff took the title.