Meronk, Hinton finish atop British Am stroke play
Adrian Meronk and Craig Hinton led all players Tuesday after the final round of stroke-play qualifying for the British Amateur. Both players finished 36 holes at Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s in Deal, England with a 3-under 140 total.
Meronk, of Poland, just completed his freshman year at East Tennessee State. He shot a second-round 68 at the Prince’s course.
“I played a lot of irons off the tee today to stay on the fairways,” Meronk said. “My aim was to qualify and get into the match-play stage and I’m really pleased to get this far. It means a lot to progress in this Championship and to win this week would be a massive achievement.”
Hinton, a 24-year-old from Oxfordshire, rolled in a 60-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the Ports course to finish with a 67.
“I played solid today. I was better yesterday tee to green but holed more putts today which made a difference,” he said. “I have great memories of this course; I scored 7-under par to qualify for the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George’s. It seems to suit me, though in match play, anyone can win. There is a long way to go in this Championship.”
Daniel Brown from Bedale, England, shot a 66 to match the Prince’s course scoring record before 20-year-old Irishman Paul Dunne put together an eagle and five birdies for a 65 that broke it. Slovenia's Tim Gornik also shot a second-round 66 at Prince's.
Seventy-two players from 20 countries advanced to the match-play stage, which begins Wednesday. The cut fell at 4-over 147. The tournament champion will earn a place in the Open Championship at Muirfield, a spot in the U.S. Open and traditionally earns an invitation to the Masters.