JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 20, 2014) – After advancing to the fourth round of match play at the 119th British Amateur Championship on Friday, Rhys Pugh’s (Pontypridd, Wales) run came to an end as the ETSU rising senior fell to England’s Daniel Brown 3 and 2 at the Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Pugh began the day defeating England’s Luke Johnson 3 and 1 in the third round to become one of 16 golfers left in the championship.
The Welshman got off to a strong start as he won the first two holes and was 2-up through four, but Johnson won the par-4 No. 5 and the par-3 No. 6 to make it all square. From there, both golfers parred the par-4 No. 7, but Pugh grabbed all the momentum by winning the next three holes to move 3-up through 10. Johnson had one last run in him as he moved within one of Pugh after the par-4 13th, but the Buccaneer golfer rose to the challenge and birdied the par-4 15th and the par-5 17th to end the match.
Unfortunately, Pugh couldn’t continue his stellar run as he fell to Brown in the fourth round.
Brown took charge early on as he went 4-up through seven holes and again held the same advantage after No. 12. Pugh attempted a late rally by winning the par-4 13th, but the duo parred the next three holes en route to seeing Brown move on to the next round.
The 2014 Amateur Championship consisted of 288 golfers from 28 countries, with the entire field being ranked in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The Amateur Champion will earn a place in the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake and the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington State. Traditionally, an invitation is also extended to play in the Masters Tournament at Augusta.
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