The New Course proved to be the tougher of the two courses after round one of the 73rd Boyd Quaich. In breezy conditions James Wilson from Northumbria University shot an impressive bogey free 69 on The Old to hold the lead with Jordan Boulton who birdied the final two holes to finish on three under par. St Andrews students Matthew Myers and James Blyth are well positioned going into tomorrow’s second round. James shot the round of the day on The New Course with a one under par 70, along with Canadian Charles Fitzsimmons from Western University. Round two begin at 7am on Wednesday morning.
On a calmer second day at The Home of Golf Mackenzie Carter (Western University, Canada) and Alistair McNaughton (University of Highlands and Islands) shot to the top of the leaderboard with rounds of 68 and 69 respectively. Carter’s 68 on the Tougher New Course was particularly impressive with four birdies and just one bogey coming on the 4 par 6th. Andrew Mulholland (University of Aberdeen) and Christian Brown (Keiser University, USA) shot the lowest rounds of the week so far with 67’s on The Old Course. With the cut falling at +4 the remaining 30 players are separated by just 7 shots. In glorious sunshine round 3 began at 15:28 on The New Course.
Three excellent under par rounds from Charles Fitzsimmons (Western University) and University of St Andrews’ James Blyth has given them both a one shot lead on -3 going into the fourth and final round of The Boyd Quaich. With rounds of 70, 71, and 70, the top could not be tighter. Waiting to pounce on any mistakes is James Wilson (Northumbria University) and Joe Bannan (Thomas University, USA) on -2. It was a day of mixed fortunes for Longwood University’s Jordan Boulton, shooting 78 on The New in the morning and bettering that by 12 shots in the afternoon. Boulton’s 3rd round 66 was the round of the week and featured six birdies and just the one bogey.
The final round began at 7am with many players still in contention to win the prestigious event. For most the morning it looked like Joe Bannan, from Thomas University, USA, was going to make the headlines as others fell away. Bannan went out in a four under par 32, which included an eagle at the par 5 5th hole. A sold incoming stretch looked like it was going to be enough to hold off the remaining challenge from Canadian Charles Fitzsimmons. Unfortunately for Bannan he would bogey the reachable final hole which was playing significantly downwind. After securing an excellent final round of 68 it was left to Fitzsimmons to affect the destination of the quaich in the final holes. A bogey on the difficult 17th made his task even more difficult, meaning he needed to eagle the last to avoid finishing 2nd. Fitzsimmons proved up for the challenge as he drove the 18th green leaving himself a 30 footer for the eagle. With the rest of the field watching on Fitzsimmons delivered what could be the most exciting finish in the 73 years of the tournament, holing the putt and securing a famous win!
Sincere thanks go to The R&A, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, The St Andrews Links Trust and The St Andrews Golf Club for supporting the event once again. Next year’s tournament will be held between the 30th June – 2nd July. Entries open in February 2020.
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