PORTHCAWL, Wales (June 16, 2016) – Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) continued his run at the 121st British Amateur as the Buccaneer All-American won his two matches on Thursday to advance into the quarterfinal from Royal Porthcawl in Porthcawl, Wales.
Meronk needed all 18 holes to defeat Austria’s Lukas Lipold 1-up in his first match of the morning, while the Wroclaw, Poland native got off to a strong start in his round four match en route to beating Australia’s Dylan Perry 3&2 to earn his spot in the quarterfinal.
“I am very happy with the two results today,” said Meronk. “The conditions were tough again as it was rainy and windy throughout the entire day. I am pleased with how I have been playing during the championship. My strengths today were the clutch putting and staying patient. I am going to stick to that plan tomorrow and play my best.”
Meronk – the first ETSU player to reach the quarterfinal since Michael Stewart advanced to the finals in 2011 – faces France’s Nicolas Maheut in the quarterfinal match on Friday at 3:15 a.m. EDT. The winner of that match takes on the winner of Scott Gregory (England) and Javier Sainz (Spain) on Friday afternoon. Maheut defeated England’s William Enefer 5&3 in his first match on Thursday and took down Scotland’s Connor Syme on the 20th hole in round four. Syme was the tournament’s No. 1 seed after he won the 36-hole stroke play event.
In the afternoon match against Perry, Meronk parred his first four holes, while his birdie on the par-5, 608-yard No. 5 put the Buccaneer 4-up. From there, Perry won the next hole with a birdie on the par-4, 385-yard and moved within two after carding another birdie on the par-4, 354-yard No. 10. However, a one-hour weather suspension gave Meronk a chance to get a snack and come back strong. The Buccaneer leader won the par-4, 484-yard 13th before clinching the match with a 12-foot par putt on the par-4, 431-yard 16th.
“I was 4-up thru five and was just playing my game, hitting fairways and greens and that was enough, said Meronk.
“And then he (Dylan Perry) started making some birdies, some putts and he came back to two. I was only 2-up after 11 holes and then they stopped the play. I had a little bit of time to slow down and eat something in the break and then I came back pretty strong and played very well in the last few holes."
Meronk rallied from two down to defeat Lipold in the morning and sunk a 35-foot putt on No. 18 to break the tie and secure the win.
“My match with Lipold was tough,” said Meronk. “I made the 35-foot putt on No. 18, and that gave me a lot of momentum heading into my afternoon match.”
Meronk moved to 22nd in the latest World Amateur Rankings, which were released on Wednesday and it marks the highest ranking ever by a Polish Amateur.
The starting field of The Amateur Championship featured 288 players from 30 countries, while seven players are ranked in the top-30 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking including Meronk.
The winner of The Amateur Championship will earn a place at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon and the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. Traditionally, the Amateur Champion is also invited to compete in the Masters Tournament.
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