Riordan comes up short

02:02, Jun 21 2012

Tasman's Blair Riordan has missed out on a place in the 117th British Amateur Championship at Royal Troon, leaving Masterton's Ben Campbell as the only Kiwi with a chance of qualifying.

New Zealand No2 Campbell, who fired a one-over-par 72 at Royal Troon to be tied for 69th, five shots back from the lead, carded the same score at the Glasgow Gallies Links to finish on a two-over total and in a share of 39th place.

Campbell was among 28 players required to play a final match overnight to find the final 64 for the British Amateur, eventually losing at the 20th hole to American Tyler Raber.

Takaka's Riordan, who opened with a three-over 74 at Glasgow Gallies Links, had an eventful round of five birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey at Royal Troon for a three-over 74 to finish tied for 118th.

Campbell had finished eight shots back from the winner of the two-round qualifying event, Sweden's Daniel Jennevret, who shot a six-under 65 in round two at Royal Troon.

The Kiwi was even par for the championship, and in a share of 15th place, with two holes remaining but made two late bogeys to slip 24 places to tie for 39th.

The qualification mark after the strokeplay stages sat at a three-over-par total of 145. Seventy-eight players from 25 countries progressed to the matchplay stages, where the last man standing on Saturday earns a spot in the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes, a place in next year's US Open and traditionally a place in the Masters.

New Zealand No1 Vaughan McCall missed qualifying after finishing in a share of 92nd place when he carded a two-over 73 at Glasgow Gallies Links. McCall double-bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the 18th, and that was the difference between him making it and missing the cut.

Former New Zealand representative Daniel Pearce and Bay of Plenty's Craig Hamilton finished in a share of 190th place, while former New Zealand amateur champion Mathew Perry finished well off the pace in a share of 270th place. Another Bay of Plenty representative, Sam Davis, finished in a tie for 231st.


The Nelson Mail