Ewen Ferguson reaches last eight of Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl
Published 16/06/2016 | 21:06
Scotland's Ewen Ferguson enjoyed a comfortable 4&3 victory over England's Jamie Bower to reach the quarter-final of the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl.
The 19-year-old, who won the Boys Amateur Championship at Hoylake in 2013, took the first with a birdie and also made gains at the 12th and 14th as he took three straight holes.
Ferguson, who was part of Great Britain & Ireland's victorious Walker Cup side last year, said: "It was a really good win because it's one of the biggest amateur events in the world and your whole season is based around this event. There is so much practising and hype around it.
"To go out and actually play well in the stroke play and qualify really comfortably and keep playing well feels good knowing I can cope with the pressure."
Ferguson will face Irishman Paul McBride next, after he edged out Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist by one hole.
Robert MacIntyre became the second Scot to progress when he ended Australian interest in the championship with a 2&1 win over David Micheluzzi.
MacIntyre will face Ivan Cantero in the last eight after the world number five beat last year's runner-up Grant Forrest by two holes.
Already one down coming down the last, Forrest lost his ball from the tee and conceded the match.
Scott Gregory defeated fellow Englishman Harry Hall 4&3 and will face Javier Sainz in the next round after Sainz won the all-Spanish clash with Alejandro del Rey at the second extra hole.
Poland's Adrian Meronk led from the front as he won four of the first five holes against Dylan Perry.
Meronk survived a fightback from the Australian to secure a 3&2 win and set up a quarter-final with France's Nicolas Maheut.
Maheut trailed for most of his match against leading qualifier Connor Syme and was two behind with three to play, but birdied the 16th and 17th and eventually won on the second extra hole.