CAPITAL star Zander Culverwell won ugly to stay on course in his bid to become the first player to defend the Scottish Amateur title in over 30 years.
The former Lothians champion described his last-hole win over Thornhill’s Greig Marchbank as “scrappy” but was delighted to stay in the hunt at Downfield.
“That probably wasn’t the greatest game of golf that either Greig or I have played,” admitted Culverwell, who was behind twice early on.
Two up after 13, the Dunbar player missed from five feet at the 15th to increase his advantage then watched Marchbank, the 2012 Scottish Boys’ Stroke-Play champion, hole a 30-footer to win the next.
The 17th was then halved in pars before Culverwell, aiming to record back-to-back title triumphs for the first time since Charlie Green achieved the feat in 1983, closed the match out by hitting a 6-iron to 20 feet at the last. The win set up a last-32 clash with Wigtownshire’s Kyle McClung today.
Only three other Lothians players – Euan Bowden (Tantallon), Lewis Reid (Longniddry) and Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) – were still standing at the start of the fourth day the Fairstone-sponsored event in Dundee.
Bowden was up against seed Jack McDonald (Barassie), Reid faced Liam Johnston (Dumfries & County) and Forrest met Jamie Lamb (Lanark).