PORTHCAWL, Wales (June 17, 2016) – All good things must come to an end.
For ETSU’s Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) that meant his historic run at the 121st British Amateur on Friday afternoon from Royal Porthcawl in Porthcawl, Wales.
Meronk cruised to an impressive 5&4 quarterfinal win over France’s Nicolas Maheut to start the day; however, the 22nd ranked World Amateur fell to England’s Scott Gregory in the semifinals later on Friday. Meronk – who became the first golfer from Poland to reach the semifinals in the Amateur Championship – dropped his match to Gregory 3&2.
Gregory is the 44th ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and he advances to face Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre in Saturday’s 36-hole final. The winner of The Amateur Championship earns 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.
In the quarterfinal match, Meronk began the round with a birdie on the opening hole to go 1-up before conceding the second hole to even the match. From there, Meronk won the next three holes to take his commanding lead, while back-to-back birdies on No. 12 and 13 put the Buccaneer All-American 5-up. Both players parred the par-3, 169-yard 14th, resulting in the win for Meronk.
After a heavy rains caused the course to flood, which forced a 45-minute suspension at the beginning of the semifinal matches, Meronk and Gregory were the first group to hit the course.
Meronk fell behind early as he bogeyed the opening hole before pulling all-square after a win on the par-4, 454-yard No. 3. Unfortunately, after carding his third bogey of the round on the par-5, 608-yard No. 5, Meronk again fell behind but this time he couldn’t get over the hump.
Gregory eventually went 4-up after winning holes 8, 10 and 12, and after Meronk pulled within three with a birdie on No. 14, they both halved No. 15 and 16 to end the match, 3&2.
Meronk became the first ETSU player to reach the semifinals since 2011 when Michael Stewart advanced to the finals, while Rhys Davies – who was ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Rankings – reached the quarterfinals in 2005.
Meronk now turns his attention to the Palmer Cup, which begins June 24 at Formby Golf Club in Formby, Merseyside, England. This marks the second straight year the Wroclaw, Poland native will play in the event.
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.
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