Warwickshire’s Andy Sullivan saw his dreams of a British Amateur final dashed when he faltered over Turnberry’s closing stretch in his semi-final against England junior representative Tommy Fleetwood.
Having lost the first hole to a birdie, then bunkered his tee shot on the second to lose that. But Sullivan’s pars were good enough to restore parity before he went ahead with a birdie four at the 17th, courtesy of a 15-footer.
Neither player could find a lead after Fleetwood had learnt from Sullivan’s putt at the 8th and, from the 14th, Sullivan struggled.
“I just couldn’t find a swing on the last three,” Sullivan said as he packed his bags to head to Derbyshire, to perhaps lead Warwickshire’s challenge for the English County Finals qualification this morning, if his legs hold up after a very hard week.
That stamina was tested in a quarter-final win against top Italian Andrea Pavan, again a very tight match which Sullivan sealed with a 30ft birdie putt at the 15th and finding the par five 17th with a three-iron approach.
There was some reward for the week, though, as Sullivan has been selected to represent England at the Finnish Amateur in August