Yorkshire pair George Mason and Jack Maxey set for English Amateur showdown

George Mason of Wath will face fellow Yorkshireman Jack Maxey of Hornsea in one of the ties of the round at the English Amateur Championship at Moortown on Friday.

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 9:30 pm
Sam Bairstow tees off at the 10th hole during the English Amateur Championship at Moortown Golf Club today. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Mason defeated Jordan Boulton of Hollinwell 2up while Maxey defeated George Heath (Wakefield) 3&2 in the round of 64 on Thursday.

Thursday was a rather windswept third day of the English Amateur and first to be played solely at Moortown, after the former Ryder Cup venue jointly hosted the qualifying stroke play rounds with Headingley.

Hallowes’ Sam Bairstow, who played in the Open earlier this month, is also through to the last 32 after he defeated Max Hopkins (Bishops Stortford) 3&2. Bairstow now plays Harvey Byers of Walton Heath.

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Huddersfield's Charlotte Heath tees off at the second hole at Moortown Golf Club. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Bairstow admitted he was scrappy at the start, but conquered the howling wind and then closed the game out with birdies on his final two holes.

“I quite enjoy playing in the wind,” he said. “It gives you a lot more definition on the shots.”

But they are the only three Yorkshiremen to advance from the round of 64. Pannal’s Oliver White, Hickleton’s Luke Palmowski, Doncaster’s Joshua Berry (beaten 2&1 by Walker Cup player Jack Dyer) and Rotherham’s Jack Whaley were all eliminated.

In the women’s English Amateur it was the round of 32 on Thursday with Huddersfield’s Charlotte Heath a surprise casualty. Having set the lowest score at Moortown in the stroke play rounds, Heath was beaten 2&1 by Danielle Hardwick (Perrenporth).

Pannal's Oliver White in action during the English Amateur Championship at, Moortown Golf Club. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

There was an all-Yorkshire tie between Lily Hirst (Woodsome Hall) and Hannah Holden (Huddersfield), with the former coming out on top 3&2. Hirst now plays Annabelle Fuller (Roehampton).

Mia Eales-Smith will also play a last-16 tie today against Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park) after defeating Caley McGinty (Knowle) by one hole.

Bethany Norton (The Oaks) was beaten on the final hole of her last-32 tie with Katy Yates (Clacton-on-Sea).

Lily Hirst and Hannah Holden are pictured at the third hole during their English Amateur Championship match. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.