Nuneaton’s Andy Sullivan will play in the quarter-finals of this years British Amateur Championship on Friday after a comfortable 5&3 win over Maximillian Kiefer, writes David Morgan.
Keifer, who featured highly in an event on the professional second-tier Challenge Tour event, could not match Sullivan’s consistency and putting in tricky conditions. However, Sullivan so nearly didn’t make it through the previous round aftera real battle with Walker Cup star Nigel Edwards in his morning game
Sullivan opened with six pars and a birdie and was four up but back came Edwards with birdies at the tenth and 11th before Sullivan went dormie three at the 15th, only to see his lead completely vanish.
“I just had one of those head-off moments,” said Sullivan about going for the pin on the notorious 16th, before he failed to hit the target at the 17th and had to settle for a par five, then made a mess of the 18th.
However, Sullivan took the honours on the first extra hole, finding the green after Edwards put his ball in the bunker, then making a 30-foot oputt for a bride.
He now faces US college-based Italian Andrea Pavan.