Golf: Sheffield talent reaches English Amateur final

Hallamshire GC's Matthew Fitzpatrick
Hallamshire GC's Matthew Fitzpatrick
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Sheffield’s talented young golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick has reached the final of the English Amateur Golf Championship.

However, hopes of an all-South Yorkshire final were dashed when Rotherham GC’s Dominic Moon went out in yesterday morning’s quarter-finals.

Fitzpatrick, the 18-year-old from Hallamshire Golf Club, shot to prominence two weeks ago when he won the silver medal for being the leading amateur at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

It meant all eyes were on him and expectations were high when the field of 288 top amateurs started out at Frilford Heath GC, near Abingdon in Oxfordshire at the start of this week.

He qualified in eighth place and then won through three rounds of matchplay including impressive wins by 7&5 and 5&4.

In yesterday’s quarter-final against Nathan Kimsey, a beaten semi-finalist last year, it was all square at the turn before Fitzpatrick went one down at the 12th.

However, by the 15th he had turned it round to go one up and he went on to win 2&1.

“I was good off the tee but Nathan was better on the greens although I probably holed more crucial putts,” said Fitzpatrick.

This gave him a semi-final in the afternoon against US College student Tomasz Anderson, the only semi-finalist not an international.

Fitzpatrick stormed off, winning the first three holes, was four up after six and had increased it to five up at the turn.

It wasn’t in doubt after that as he added another hole by the 11th and it was all over a couple of holes later 7&6.

The final today is over 36 holes and he faces Hertfordshire’s Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park) who beat Kent’s Max Orrin (N.Foreland GC) 1 up.

Rotherham’s Moon had a great start in his quarter-final against Orrin by winning the first two holes.

However, Orrin won three holes from the 6th, two with birdies, before Moon got it back level at the turn. However, Orrin won the 10th, birdied 12 and 13 and although Moon won the 14th to cut the gap, it was all over at the 16th with Orrin going through 3&2.

“It was the best I’ve swung all week but Max holed more putts than me, his dropped, mine didn’t,” said Moon.