Endycott tops Aussies at British Amateur

Harrison Endycott has finished the best of the Aussies at the British Amateur Championship in Scotland.

Endycott made it through to the 2nd round of match play before going down to the eventual winner Frenchman Romain Langasque, 6&5. Earlier in the two round stroke qualifying Endycott had fired rounds of 67-72 at Panmure and Carnoustie to be the top Aussie qualifier in a tie for 7th position.

Harrison Endycott Harrison Endycott (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

Langasque saw off the challenge of Scotland’s Grant Forrest as he won the 36-hole final by 4&2 to secure a place in next month’s Open at St Andrews. His victory also gains him a place in next year’s US Open at Oakmont and, traditionally, an invitation to the Masters Tournament.

Just four out of thirteen Australians were able to advance through to the match play segment including Endycott, DJ Loypur, Taylor Macdonald and Cameron Davis.

A number of our marquee players failed to fire with Ryan Ruffles, Anthony Murdaca, Brett Coletta, Zach Murray and Lucas Herbert missing the top-64.

Overall this was a disappointing championship for the Australian contingent who had headed to the UK promising so much, but delivered little.

Davis was unlucky not to advance to the second round losing 2&1 to Scotland’s Craig Ross. MacDonald went down to England’s Ashley Chesters and DJ Loypur narrowly lost his match 1-down to Scotland’s Robert MacIntrye.

Aside from Bryden Macpherson’s efforts in 2011 when he was based in the US and won the British Amateur at Hillside and Tim Stewart’s effort in making the final in 2007 at Royal Lytham & St Annes, each year the majority of Australian’s struggle to adapt to the links layouts and make any sort of impact in the UK.

At present we have only one male amateur, Ryan Ruffles (14th) inside the world’s top 20. There are just two others, Lucas Herbert (22nd) and Taylor Macdonald (37th) inside the top-50 and guaranteed a start at the US Amateur in August in Chicago.

This is the time of the year when most Aussies will make a move on the international rankings by playing the higher ranked international tournaments, yet it often comes too late with many forced to pre-qualify for the US Amateur and seek invites to the main amateur tournaments in the US.

Starts in marquee events like the Western Amateur are not guaranteed and for Australian amateur golf the lack of players inside the desired top-50 in the R&A world ranking continues to be an issue.

Our focus must be on developing player schedules whereby achievements are reached in the main international ranking amateur events, as opposed to a thinking that much can be achieved back on Australian soil.