Harburn’s Christopher Curran came close to producing a rare upset in the first-round of the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship, only to fall just short.
The 19-year-old battled back from four down after seven holes in his tie with defending champion and GB&I St Andrews Trophy winner Robert MacIntyre at Royal Aberdeen.
With few surprise results in round one, the Glencruitten player was up against it when he was bunkered at the 18th against Curran. But MacIntyre produced a brilliant recovery, splashing out from 40 yards to close range to secure a two-hole win and end Curran’s gallant hopes.
“I was four up after seven holes, going well, and eventually hung on,” said MacIntyre, the runner-up in The Amateur Championship a few weeks ago. “Chris is a good player and it was good to get a tough match early doors.”