Tuesday 6 December 2016

McBride carries Irish hopes into last eight

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

Ireland's hopes of victory in the British Amateur Championship rest with Paul McBride after he progressed into the quarter-finals at Royal Porthcawl yesterday. Stock photo
Ireland's hopes of victory in the British Amateur Championship rest with Paul McBride after he progressed into the quarter-finals at Royal Porthcawl yesterday. Stock photo

Ireland's hopes of victory in the British Amateur Championship rest with Paul McBride after he progressed into the quarter-finals at Royal Porthcawl yesterday.

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Dubliner McBride came from behind to claim a 2&1 triumph over Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty - the only other Irishman still in the field - in the round of the last 32.

The 20-year-old, who plays out of The Island, then defied brutal conditions to secure a one-hole win over Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist and book his place in the last eight.

With the threat of lightning looming in the South Wales skies, tournament officials were forced to suspend play for an hour midway through the last-16 matches.

McBride held his nerve, sinking birdie putts at the first and 10th before claiming victory with a par at the 18th to set up a match against Scotsman Ewen Ferguson.

The winner will play either 2015 Scottish amateur champion Robert MacIntyre or Spaniard Ivan Cantero.

All four quarter-final ties take place this morning, with the semi-finals to follow in the afternoon.

Irish Independent

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