Towndrow qualifies for Amateur in style

LANCASHIRE player Sean Towndrow qualified for the Amateur Championship matchplay stage at Northern Ireland club Royal Portrush when he set a new course record at Portstewart.

The Southport & Ainsdale man birdied five of his first nine holes and didn’t drop any shots for a five-under-par 66.

Meanwhile, his clubmate Paul Howard also cleared the hurdle with  fellow England players Paul Kinnear, from Formby and Delamere Forest’s Haydn McCullen.

England’s Daniel Brown,the youngest Yorkshire Amateur champion, led the way after his second round four-under-par 67 at Portstewart gave him an eight-under total of 133. It was  the second lowest aggregate total since qualifying was introduced to the Amateur Championship in 1983. He was one shot outside the 132 total set by Styal’s David Horsey in 2007.

The 19-year-old led by a four-stroke margin over countryman Ashton Turner and Italy’s Renato Paratore, the highest ranked player in the field at sixth on the World Amateur Golf Ranking..

Brown, who is a member at Bedale Golf Club, near Catterick, qualified last year at Royal Cinque Ports and Princes but lost in the first round. He is hoping to go much farther this year.

“It would be massive if I were to win this and play in The Open Championship, but I’ll try my best not to think about that,” Brown said.



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